Climate Change Integration

Climate variability and change can affect social and economic development across sectors and in multiple ways. At USAID, we are working to integrate what we know about climate variability and change into all of our programs.

Climate change impacts development. Changing precipitation patterns can hurt food security, and less predictable and more intense floods and storms can destroy homes, hospitals and roads. Hotter temperatures can harm human health, in ways including heat exhaustion and expansion of pests and diseases into new geographical areas.

USAID programs can help people, communities, governments and institutions in developing countries become more resilient to actual and expected changes in climate. They can also support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, helping to alter the very trajectory of climate change.

Many USAID activities already address climate change. Some of these activities are a part of food security, water security, disaster resilience and other programs. Other activities are generating insights about how to manage climate risks or integrate climate considerations into USAID’s development portfolio effectively.

Below are some of the major policies and initiatives affecting climate integration at USAID.

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Last updated: August 10, 2018

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