USAID Climate Change Strategy

Community members study aerial imagery in Laba, Niger
Larwanou Mahamane, a vegetation ecologist, presents aerial imagery examining the Ader-Doutchi region of Niger to community members of Laba under a USAID–USGS partnership. Sustainable land management practices help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Gray Tappan/USGS EROS

USAID’s Climate Change and Development Strategy (2012–2016) guides our work helping countries transition to lasting and climate-resilient, low-emission economic development.

Our Priorities

USAID’s climate strategy has three overarching objectives—Adaptation, Integration and Mitigation—and three priority types of activity—Adaptation, Clean Energy and Sustainable Landscapes.

  • Adaptation: helping countries and communities prepare for and adapt to climate change

  • Integration: factoring climate change knowledge and practice into all USAID programs

  • Mitigation: helping countries slow or curb carbon emissions while spurring growth and development through:

    • Clean Energy: investing in renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, and also energy efficiency

    • Sustainable Landscapes: improving the land management of forests and natural landscapes

Flagship Programs

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) has forged partnerships with 24 developing country governments—from Colombia to Indonesia to South Africa.

The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private alliance to curb deforestation from palm oil, soy, beef, paper and pulp.

Related Sectors of Work 

Last updated: November 19, 2015

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