Global Climate Change

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A boy holding a mangrove poses for the camera while standing in front of residents of his village.
Climate Adaptation
Brazilian youth install solar panels on top of a local computer center
Clean Energy
Jenny Songan stands in a mangrove forest in Papua New Guinea
Sustainable Landscapes

USAID’s mission is to promote human development and stable, free and prosperous societies around the world. But as global climate change advances, it is critical that we use climate-smart planning and clean technologies to promote global development that is sustainable.

Many places are already experiencing climate change impacts, like higher temperatures, more frequent and intense droughts and storms, and less predictable rains and harvests. At the same time, global growth driven by carbon-based energy is releasing more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

USAID is committed to promoting climate-smart planning and clean energy development to safeguard today’s gains in global prosperity and security and to ensure tomorrow’s growth is sustainable.

Our Climate Programs

USAID provides climate support to over 50 developing countries, from Bangladesh to Zambia. Our climate programs focus on three priority pillars of activity—Adaptation, Clean Energy and Sustainable Landscapes—and also the Integration of good climate change practice into all USAID programs, from health and disaster preparedness to agriculture and food security.

Our Climate Strategy

USAID’s Global Climate Change and Development Strategy is a five-year strategy that sets out principles, priorities, and objectives for our climate work through 2016.

The U.S. Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, unveiled in June 2013, will cut U.S. carbon pollution, prepare America for climate change impacts, and galvanize global efforts to address climate change. The President’s Plan will make sure all nations are acting together to ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. See the Full Report.

Global Action

As the primary implementer of U.S. bilateral and regional development aid, USAID plays a lead role in global climate action. We work directly with developing countries around the world to ensure they have the technology, knowledge and assistance they need to assess, plan and take action on climate change.

  • The Global Climate Change Initiative is the U.S. commitment to work with global partners on low-carbon growth, sustainable and resilient societies, and reducing emissions from deforestation.

  • Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies, or EC-LEDS, is a U.S. program led by USAID and the State Department. EC-LEDS has forged partnerships with over 20 developing country governments—from Colombia to Ukraine—who are planning and implementing low emission development strategies based on clean energy and sustainable land use.

  • The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a U.S. Government initiative that partners with other governments, NGOs and the Consumer Goods Forum—a network of more than 400 companies with over $3 trillion in annual sales—to reduce tropical deforestation from key commodity products including palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.

Climate Science

USAID works with National Weather Observatory NOAA, Space Agency NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Department of Agriculture, among others, to ensure developing countries can access and use the best available climate research, data and applications to predict and prepare for a changing climate.

Last updated: July 11, 2014

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