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To build resilience to the impacts of climate change, we must have the necessary information and tools and we must take action. USAID supports a number of activities that enhance the delivery of weather and climate information and tools and test new approaches to building resilience. Examples of USAID’s adaptation work:
USAID works with a wide range of developing countries to build scientific capacity and improve access to and use of climate information and tools. The ability to access and use timely and user-driven information allows countries and communities to identify vulnerabilities and evaluate potential adaptation strategies.
The Climate Services Partnership (CSP) promotes the matching of best information with those who need it for decision-making. Formed after the first International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS) to advance climate services around the world, the CSP draws from a broad membership and supports the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), a formal international system to facilitate the coordinated support of climate services worldwide.
The SERVIR-Global program provides some 30 countries in East Africa, Central America and the Hindu Kush/Himalaya region with satellite imagery and usable weather and climate information. A collaborative effort by USAID and NASA, SERVIR provides information and tools supporting decisions in environmental management, health and disaster preparedness. Through the Climate Mapper, a broad user community can look at climate change projections for the 2030s and 2050s against 3-D visualizations of landscapes.
High Mountain Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP)
The HiMAP Partnership brings together physical and social scientists, decision makers and development practitioners working in glacier-dependent areas. The partnership started with a stakeholder workshop in Peru, which resulted in a research agenda and a development action agenda that are being implemented by Peru with support from USAID and the National Science Foundation.
Next, HiMAP helped Andean experts share their experience on how to reduce the hazards of Glacier Lake Outburst Floods with decision makers in the Himalaya-Hindu Kush and Central Asia regions. The partnership’s aim is to create a community of researchers and decision makers who can turn to each other for support as they pursue innovative approaches to reducing risks, and seizing opportunities, associated with development in high mountain environments.
Weather-Index Insurance for Farmers
Affordable insurance can help poor farmers prepare for and cope with droughts and severe weather events, which are expected to become more common with climate change. It can also give farmers a safety net so they can invest in greater productivity and increase resilience in good years. Insurance is not a stand-alone solution, but it can be effective when combined with risk reduction measures. USAID supports several projects to test these ideas and build the climate resilience of vulnerable households. Learn more
Gender and Climate Change
Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change—and they possess unique skills and experiences relevant to climate change, especially knowledge of local ecosystems, agriculture and natural resources management. For these reasons, climate change interventions are more effective when women are engaged. USAID adaptation efforts strive to be inclusive and gender sensitive and to demonstrate effective ways to integrate gender perspectives into all climate adaptation.
In Peru, USAID and The Mountain Institute hosted a series of community workshops to analyze climate risks and test ways to integrate gender into adaptation approaches. Local women saw the need to conserve high Andean wetlands and grasslands, which are critical for water regulation, especially in light of melting mountain glaciers. The project offered leadership training to women on local municipal councils. The women went on to establish their own climate change network to ensure women’s priorities are reflected in local adaptation projects.
Adaptation Fact Sheets
Last updated: March 07, 2014