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    Confronting the Climate Crisis

    How USAID’s new Climate Strategy will accelerate global action. USAID is developing an ambitious whole-of-agency strategy to guide our efforts through 2030. Read the story

Increasing global climate action is essential to protect our development gains and progress sustainable development in our partner countries. USAID’s climate programs don’t just help limit warming and protect critical ecosystems—they create sustainable jobs, tackle historical inequality, and build stronger communities.

The world must halve carbon dioxide and other emissions driving climate change by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This requires big changes in how economies are powered, cities and buildings designed, and forests and land managed. At the same time, climate variability and change is already affecting social and economic development in multiple ways.

USAID is sharing world-class knowledge, data, and tools to help countries predict, prepare for, and adapt to climate change. We also help countries achieve more ambitious targets under the Paris Agreement and lay the foundations for sustainable growth through renewable energy and natural climate solutions.

USAID plays a key role in the climate-and-development arena, with a portfolio of climate change programs, partnerships, and expertise in more than 45 countries across the globe.

  • A farmer stands in his green field
    Climate change has made rainfall inconsistent in Kenya and Tanzania’s shared Mara River Basin. Success in adapting to this variability comes from the transboundary cooperation and ownership by community members, government officials, and private sector representatives.
    Bobby Neptune / USAID

    USAID strengthens the resilience of vulnerable populations to the impacts of climate change by partnering with countries to apply best practices, science, knowledge and tools.

  • Many wind turbines on a plain covered in golden grasses.
    USAID’s renewable energy programs promote deployment, financing, and grid integration of renewable energy generation as a means to mitigate climate change while lowering costs, spurring economic growth, and increasing access to affordable modern energy services.

    USAID’s renewable energy programs promote deployment, financing, and grid integration of renewable energy generation as a means to mitigate climate change while lowering costs, spurring economic growth, and increasing access to affordable modern energy services.

  • An aerial image of forest canopy at sunrise
    Tikal National Park, Guatemala, at sunrise
    Jason Houston / USAID

    USAID helps partner countries protect, manage, and restore forests and other lands to combat climate change while improving livelihoods and resilience. USAID works with communities, businesses, and governments across entire landscapes to have impact at scale.

  • A man tends to small trees in an arid landscape
    Jorge E. Martínez Santamaría / USAID

    Climate change affects nearly everything we do at USAID. As such, the Agency mainstreams climate change considerations across much of our development and humanitarian assistance work: we look at how our programs—from economic growth to global health to conflict prevention—affect and are affected by climate change.

Our USG Partners

Knowledge Sharing Portals

  • USAID’s Climatelinks.org

    A portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working in climate change and development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. Visit the website

  • USAID’s ResilienceLinks.org

    A platform for resilience practitioners, USAID staff, implementing partners, and all others working to facilitate mitigation of, adaptation to, and recovery from shocks and stresses. The platform curates resources, guidance, trainings, and evidence to strengthen and inform resilience work at USAID and beyond. Visit the website

  • USAID’s AgriLinks.org

    A community for food security and agricultural development practitioners. Discover curated content and resources related to agricultural development, food security, climate and natural resources, and other cross-cutting issues. Visit the website

  • USAID’s Globalwaters.org

    This knowledge resource is for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working in the international development water sector. The site curates knowledge and ideas to solve global water and sanitation challenges. Visit the website

  • USAID Energy

    USAID’s energy sector work seeks to expand access to modern energy services to power economic and social development. Access USAID’s energy sector strategies, initiatives, programs, and toolkits through this portal. Visit the website

Last updated: November 09, 2021

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