India’s diverse climate zones, ecosystems, and topography contribute to variably distributed climate risks across the country. Recent USAID supports the Government of India’s development and climate priorities through a series of programs and partnerships across climate adaptation, clean energy, sustainable landscapes, and disaster risk reduction.
USAID is working to help the Government of India achieve its goal of shifting the power sector to 40 percent non-fossil sources by 2030, and the national 175 gigawatt renewable energy deployment target by 2022.
USAID Fosters Climate Adaptation in Hazard-Prone Areas:
Climate change is influencing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. In India, USAID is implementing resilience-building activities with increased focus on vulnerable communities in natural hazard-prone regions across India. USAID supports the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to help foster disaster and climate-resilient infrastructure.
USAID Prioritizes in Clean Energy Solutions:
In partnership with the national government, USAID is accelerating large-scale and distributed renewable energy deployment, grid flexibility for large-scale renewable energy integration, the transition away from coal, off-grid energy access through renewables, and energy efficiency in buildings, industries, and appliances.
USAID Supports Sustainable Landscapes:
USAID programs strengthen forest and natural resource management for increased carbon sequestration, long-term water security, and improved livelihoods. Support for forest-dependent communities is critical not only to combat climate change, but advance inclusive development and economic growth for marginalized communities in rural areas.
USAID Builds Partnerships to Reduce Risks of Pollution:
Recognizing the heightened effects of climate change on health, particularly air pollution, USAID is partnering to facilitate market-driven solutions, build partnerships with the private sector to leverage finance, expertise and other resources; and promote awareness and behavioral change at the community and industrial levels to reduce risks that pollution poses to people’s health.