Adaptation

SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village

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USAID has partnered with more than 24 countries to help reduce their vulnerability to weather and climate risks. Through technical assistance, USAID supports countries and communities to build their capacity to independently predict and prepare for climate variability and change so they can effectively deal with associated stresses and minimize losses and disruption. This support helps people sustain their livelihoods and thrive, which promotes stability.

Click here to read about the impacts that USAID adaptation investments have had since 2010.

Climate Smart Cities
USAID helps increase cities' capacity to finance and build public infrastructure and services, engaging diverse local, national, public and private stakeholders. Programs address incentives for and challenges to mobilizing finance, and improve urban services for climate-resilient, low-emission and sustainable economic development.
Climate Change, Migration and Conflict
USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program developed a guide on the nexus between climate change, migration and conflict. The guide provides background on relevant literature and an in-depth analysis of the high-profile cases of Darfur and Syria to discern policy-relevant lessons from the latest research.
SERVIR-Global
SERVIR is a joint development initiative of NASA, USAID, premier U.S. research institutions and leading technical organizations around the world. As a network of partners, SERVIR builds capacity in the use of satellite data to empower decision makers to better address critical resilience issues related to food security, water resources, natural disasters, land use, weather and climate. The program is working with more than 45 countries in four regions.
Index-based Livestock Insurance
Ethiopia’s Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBIL) program is providing an innovative micro-insurance product for pastoralists facing risk from extreme drought. The vegetation-based index relies on satellite data to identify drought in a region where few weather stations exist. By purchasing insurance, pastoralists transfer risk to insurance companies, thus buffering against the devastating loss of food and income associated with more-frequent and severe drought.
Drought Forecast & Alert System
Jamaica’s Drought Forecast & Alert System supports farmers in adjusting planting and harvesting schedules to save crops, investments, and livelihoods important to the national economy. The system combines recent rainfall measured by Jamaica’s weather stations with seasonal rainfall forecasts and delivers vital information to farmers via free texts and bulletins. Early success in Jamaica facilitated expanding the system to the broader Caribbean basin where it now serves 40 million residents.
Ecosystem-Based Adaptation
Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based method for climate change adaptation that can reduce the vulnerability of societies and economies to climate stressors. EbA provides flexible and cost-effective approaches that enhance resilience through the improved management and conservation of ecosystems. EbA can be an effective adaptation strategy alone or as an element of broader national, regional and community adaptation plans.