Climate change disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations who are the least prepared to plan for unanticipated stresses. In our approach, we are committed to improving policies and decision-making based on comprehensive climate information, while increasing the resiliency of the most vulnerable to withstand and recover from shocks. Using improved tools to capture and analyze data, we help partners adapt to the “new normal” while also supporting mitigation efforts to address the root causes of climate change.
Chief of Party, USAID Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments Project
Building Climate Finance Capacity in Nepal
Strengthening Nepali local governments’ ability to manage green funds can spur investment in and accelerate climate action.
Mitigating Climate Change in Colombia
With progressive policies and private sector and community engagement, Colombia is turning its international greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments into action.
Natural Resource Management and Water Security in Southern Africa
Improved natural resource management and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to addressing human and ecosystem challenges in southern Africa.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
Helping Indonesian Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change
In Indonesia, coastal communities must adapt to climate change and remediate destructive fishing practices to protect millions of jobs and the country’s economy.
Smart Innovations to Protect the Environment in Colombia
In Colombia, the government, local communities, and the private sector have collaborated to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity.
Helping the Maldives Face Climate Change
The Republic of the Maldives is determined to improve how its government and citizens prepare to deal with disasters related to climate change, such as rising sea levels and dangerous storms.
Building Climate Change Resilience in Mali
Climate change is severely affecting vulnerable populations in Mali that need greater access to meteorological information and guidance on how to use it to create effective agricultural activities and plans.
Building a More Resilient Mozambique
Mozambique’s coastal cities, which are some of the areas most vulnerable to climate change in Africa, must adapt to extreme weather and become more resilient.
Improving Climate Change Development Programs
Development programs worldwide are designed to protect vulnerable people, places, and livelihoods from climate change, but with smarter methods, these programs could be even more effective.
News: Building Resilience Through Market Systems: Chemonics Presents at SEEP 2019
How can we forge better partnerships to drive agricultural productivity, incomes, and nutrition? How can we use data to empower people and foster resilience? What are the best ways to engage the private sector to make financial services inclusive? Chemonics will discuss these questions and more at the 2019 Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP)…
From Threat to Solution: Rethinking the Role of Communities in Nature Conservation
This post originally appeared on Mongabay. Photo courtesy of Samantha Cheng. The imperative for nature conservation has never been greater. A widely publicized intergovernmental report predicts extinction for more than a million species over the next few decades unless we drastically change human consumption and economic growth. This loss of species will threaten the global…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
To Improve Water Management, Start Local
Rivers are the world’s main source of clean drinking water, and their economic and environmental value are fundamental to the health of people and ecosystems. However, river basins face interrelated challenges — population growth, industrialization, urbanization, land use changes (including deforestation and land degradation), and changes in water quantity and quality. Climate change acts as…
Boosting Water Resiliency in the Middle East and North Africa with a Systems Approach
The State of Water in the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region contains some of the most water-stressed communities in the world. A combination of high population growth and rapid economic development have intensified the stress on water over the last 50 years. According to the United Nations…
Laying a Blueprint for Municipal Public-Private Energy Partnerships
Among the top emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, South Africa has redoubled its efforts to reduce emissions by expanding renewable energy generation. Several municipalities have set ambitious local clean energy goals that go beyond national targets. Yet, despite these ambitious aims, many municipalities in South Africa lack the technical capacity, access to finance,…
Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices
As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…
Managing for Climate Risk
This post originally appeared on Climatelinks. A changing and more variable climate —threatens to undermine development interventions or investments to improve the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people. At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, four climate change risk specialists from leading development organizations—USAID, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Inter-American Development Bank…
Methodologies to Promote Gender-Responsive Climate Resilience
This post originally appeared on Climatelinks. Work is underway to identify areas where climate vulnerability, fragility and gender inequality overlap. Using desk research and technical mapping of these points of overlap around the world, the USAID-funded program Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), is identifying countries most affected by this triple nexus. At the May Adaptation Community Meeting,…
From Trickle to Flood: How Water Extremes Can Impact Health
In early 2018, drought-stricken Cape Town narrowly averted its “Day Zero,” the day when taps in the city would have run dry. Reservoirs filled up just enough to avert an all-out water crisis, and “Day Zero” has now been pushed to 2019. Meanwhile, in 2016, 2017, and 2018, floods in South Asia, Africa, Europe, and…
News: Delving into Social and Behavior Change at the #SBCCSummit
Intractable development challenges demand solutions that shift norms, change behaviors, and amplify the voices of those who have the most at stake. Social and behavior change communication (SBCC) make these solutions possible. At the 2018 International SBCC Summit — Shifting Norms, Changing Behavior, Amplifying Voice: What Works? — global practitioners convene to explore what works…
Compounded Impacts of Climate Change: Emerging Health Risks to the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations
This post originally appeared on Climatelinks. The direct consequences of climate variability and change on the health of vulnerable populations are fairly well established, but there is emerging evidence that the indirect consequences are just as insidious, detrimental, and widespread. Which populations are the most vulnerable? Those who may be more susceptible to disease, have preexisting health conditions,…
Feeling the Heat: How Climate Change is Affecting Global Health
It is early November and I glance at my phone to check the daily forecast. It is a balmy 79 degrees Fahrenheit in Washington, D.C. — unusually warm so late in the year, but noticeably more commonplace in recent years. According to data gathered by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2016 was the…
From Research to Response: The Role of Climate Information in Anticipating and Responding to Disease Outbreaks in Mozambique
This post originally appeared on Climatelinks. Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year (over 90 percent of these deaths occur in Africa) and diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. Large investments in health have led to significant declines in both diseases; however, emerging evidence suggests that climate…
3 Questions with Maria Olanda Bata: Withstanding Storms in Mozambique
What are the biggest risks if cities in Mozambique do not become more resilient? It would be a catastrophe. Right now, we’re starting to see the impact of extreme climate events, and we know they will get worse. Even minor-seeming weather events can cause significant problems. For example, it rained lot in the city of…