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Climate Change

USAID is working to increase the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change in order to reduce insecurity and economic losses caused by the havoc of climate change-induced severe weather events.  To achieve this overall climate change objective, USAID is working with local, national, and regional organizations on information management, land use planning, and implementation of small-scale adaptation actions.  These focus areas are critical for municipalities to manage and protect human life, property, and infrastructure.  Furthermore, as the threats related to climate change grow, these efforts are vital to help ecosystems function naturally as they should with carbon sequestration from forests, water filtration by wetlands, plant pollination by bees, and more.  

To accomplish this, USAID is improving the ability of local populations to acquire, understand, and manage climate change information and use this information to improve municipal land use planning.  Target areas are Santo Domingo, Santiago, Las Terrenas, and San Pedro de Macoris.  The four cities will receive support in design and implementation of climate resilient, participatory, and transparent municipal development plans.  Other municipalities will be encouraged to become involved and replicate best practices.

Additionally, USAID is helping small farmers strengthen their livelihoods and climate resilience through the implementation of climate smart approaches to agriculture (which builds in climate change resilience and/or removes greenhouse emissions when possible), enhanced cocoa production and processing, and the development of a climate index insurance product.   

Our Projects:

  • Planning for Climate Change Adaptation Program
  • Improved Climate Information Program
  • Climate and Agriculture Program
  • Climate Adaptation Measures Program
  • Sustainable Cacao Farming  Project
  • Climate Resilience and Index Insurance Program
  • Technical Assistance in Climate Change Adaptation

Last updated: July 31, 2017

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