The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

USAID

Adaptation Community Meeting: Strengthening Adaptation Planning in Mozambican Coastal Cities

Mozambique’s coastline, which houses more than half of the country’s population of 26 million, is facing more frequent and severe storms and flooding, magnified by sea level rise and coastal erosion. The USAID-funded Mozambique Coastal City Adaptation Project (CCAP) is working with two vulnerable cities along Mozambique’s coastline to improve their municipal planning processes and adapt to climate change.

At this month's Adaptation Community Meeting, CCAP's Chief of Party, Maria Olanda Bata, will discuss the project's work assisting the development of local adaptation plans (Planos Locais de Adaptação - PLAs) for two coastal municipalities in Mozambique. PLAs determine the municipalities’ priorities for addressing anticipated impacts and identify the action needed.
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Series of Webinars from USAID and Climatelinks

USAID is sharing world-class climate knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes.

In keeping with this mission, USAID and Climatelinks are offering a series of free webinars this month covering various climate adaptation topics. For the full list, read more below.
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events – the role of the African Risk Capacity

Please join the Adaptation Community Meeting on April 20 for a discussion on African Risk Capacity.

African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a sovereign insurance pool and early disaster response mechanism owned and governed by its African Member States. ARC helps its Member States to take the lead on disaster response by bringing together three elements: early warning, contingency planning and insurance. In order to participate in ARC, Member States must customize ARC’s early warning software Africa RiskView for their country context; identify and quantify their weather risk and what to transfer through insurance; and define a pre-agreed contingency plan in the event of ARC insurance payouts. Governments can then access immediate funds for early responses in the case of a natural disaster. Reducing the time it takes for assistance to reach those affected through early, nationally-led response reduces costs and the reliance on international appeals for assistance over time, but, more importantly, it saves the lives and livelihoods of those affected. Together ARC countries are catalyzing an essential paradigm shift in the humanitarian landscape to anticipatory, nationally-owned responses to natural disasters, but also providing an opportunity for donors, humanitarian organizations and private sector actors to reinforce the government-led risk management system they are building and to define a new way of responding to predictable natural disasters. Read More...

USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Discussion on the International Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment

The Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that, every four years, the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) "prepare and submit to the President and Congress" an assessment that summarizes the effects from global change on the U.S. The fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) is due in 2018. For the first time, the NCA will include a chapter on climate impacts on U.S. international interests. This international chapter will look at climate impacts on U.S. interests abroad including trade, security, development and humanitarian assistance investments, and scientific research.

Join on April 6, 2017 for a special edition of the Adaptation Community Meeting with the author team of the NCA international chapter. The authors will share plans and invite input on the content of the chapter.
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USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: ADVANCE - Adaptation for Development and Conservation: Lessons Learned from the field

At USAID's March Adaptation Community Meeting Ryan Bartlett, Senior Specialist for Climate Resilience at WWF, will give an overview of ADVANCE, a partnership between WWF and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) that aims to provide new ways of generating and integrating climate risk information into conservation and development planning. Read More...

USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting: The Role of Decentralized Governance in Climate Change Adaptation

Does local-level adaptation to climate change benefit from the devolution of decision-making and resource control to the local level? This question is of increasing relevance as the pressures of global climate change challenge livelihood outcomes. For the January Adaptation Community Meeting, Dr. Tim Finan and Dr. Mamadou Baro of the University of Arizona share the results of a research case study from rural Mali, where a system of decentralized governance was introduced almost three decades ago.
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Launch of USAID's Climate Action Review: 2010-2016

For many years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been a leader in assisting partner countries to pursue low-carbon economic growth and build their resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. Through investments in clean energy and adaptation and support for sustainable forestry and agriculture, and by integrating best practices across its development portfolio, USAID’s approach to building the capacity and confidence of partners has yielded major achievements as well as lessons learned.

Please save the date for an exploration of the successes and lessons learned in a time of rapid technological innovation, policy evolution, and environmental change. Read More...

USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting: Calculating the Costs of Not Adapting to Climate Change

The costs of not adapting to climate change are as important as calculating the costs of adaptation measures for decision makers at all scales. For USAID's December Adaptation Community Meeting, join ATLAS Governance and Evaluation Advisor Doug Baker for a discussion of the methods developed by USAID and others to reveal the potential costs of not adapting. Read More...

Water and Security in an Uncertain World

As our climate changes, the uncertainty of water availability and access threatens to become one of the major challenges to national security. But much like climate change’s connections to security, water’s impact on conflict can be difficult to see when measured against seemingly more immediate threats like terrorism – and similarly challenging to understand. By unpacking the many ways that water relates to U.S. strategic interests, international security, and conflict risks, we can better understand not only its links to insecurity but also opportunities for building peace and fostering cooperation.

Join in this event for a discussion with representatives from across the U.S. government, academia, and practitioner community to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by water security. Read More...

First regional seminar on Integrated Water Resources Management and Climate Change

The Low Carbon Resilient Development Program (LCRD), with funding by USAID, is hosting the First regional seminar on Integrated Water Resources Management and Climate Change. It is being hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua) Project (also funded by USAID). The event will take place in the Caribbean region of Colombia.

The aim of the event is to generate technical capacity at local level, by bringing IWRM and climate change knowledge to territories. Through presentations, games and workshops, local leaders and members of River Basin Boards will acquire essential tools to participate in the design and implementation of River Basin Management Plans (the basis for natural resources management in Colombia). Read More...

ACM Series: Connecting Freshwater Knowledge to Climate Practice

As part of USAID's ongoing ACM Series, AGWA Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews will be presenting on the important cross-sectoral role of water management in effective climate change adaptation. This presentation in Washington, D.C. is open to the public, or interested parties can participate online via the live webinar broadcast. Read More...