Did you miss the Climatelinks November newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the November 2021 ‘COP26 and USAID’s Climate Strategy’ theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.
The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26, was held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, from October 31 through November 12, 2021. USAID’s new draft Climate Strategy was released for public review and feedback during COP26, on November 3, 2021, with public input accepted until November 24, 2021.
During November, we highlighted USAID’s work leading up to and during COP26, as well as updates regarding the new USAID draft Climate Strategy. Gillian Caldwell, the Agency’s Climate Change Coordinator, produced a blog on confronting the climate crisis, released alongside the draft Climate Strategy. Additional blogs highlighted how USAID and other development partners can support national adaptation plans and the need for immediate climate action in the Caribbean.
Confronting the Climate Crisis: How USAID’s New Climate Strategy Will Accelerate Global Action
USAID faces the difficult challenge of needing to simultaneously confront the most urgent demands of the climate crisis, while also supporting long-term transformative changes in key systems like energy and agriculture that are necessary to put the world on a more sustainable trajectory. To confront these complex challenges, USAID is developing an ambitious whole-of-agency strategy to guide its efforts through 2030. Rising to the urgency of the moment, this new strategy sets ambitious timelines and targets for reducing global emissions, increasing people’s resilience, mobilizing climate financing, and working for equity.
How USAID and Other Development Partners Can Support National Adaptation Plans
A decade after the introduction of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, with USAID’s new climate change strategy imminent, now is the opportune time to reflect on lessons learned and consider how USAID and other development partners can most effectively support developing countries’ NAP processes into the future. To help answer this question, DT Global analyzed 20 Green Climate Fund Readiness Support Programme NAP projects and found key entry points for future support. These include improving financing for NAP implementation; integrating adaptation throughout government planning, budgetary, and regulatory processes; and supporting subnational adaptation.
USAID/Eastern and Southern Caribbean’s Regional Symposium Urges Immediate Action on Climate Change in Caribbean
The Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries are on the front lines of the climate crisis, experiencing some of the most severe impacts of climate change, ranging from prolonged periods of drought to increasingly strong tropical storms and hurricanes. These challenges are taking a toll on the region’s economic growth and health outcomes, which particularly affect vulnerable groups like women and children, and are further compounded by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the U.S. Government’s renewed commitment to climate action, the USAID ESC Mission hosted a virtual symposium in June 2021, convening regional stakeholders and experts to share their experiences and identify climate action priorities.
A New Wave of Private Investment for Climate Solutions: Part 3: Funding Ocean Solutions
Uncontrolled human activities are undermining the ocean’s health. To address these challenges, USAID partnered with the Sustainable Ocean Fund, to make pioneering impact investments into marine and coastal projects and enterprises. This blog takes a look at the Fund as it builds resilience in coastal ecosystems and creates sustainable economic growth and livelihoods in the blue economy.
USAID's Robust Targets to Advance President Biden's PREPARE Climate Initiative
At COP26, USAID announced an ambitious set of targets to advance the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE). PREPARE will support developing countries and communities in vulnerable situations around the world in their efforts to adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change. These impacts are already being felt, and USAID brings significant experience to bear on supporting the climate resilience of developing countries.
Combating the Climate Crisis Through Improved Governance
USAID Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions seeks to bring 7 million hectares of tropical forest and peatland under improved management and help mobilize up to $45 million in public and private “green investment” by 2026. These results will subsequently reduce 55 million metric tons of CO2e—the equivalent of nearly 12 million cars off the road for a year—further mitigating climate change beyond the life of the project.
Accelerating Sustainable Energy Deployment in Indonesia
Through Sustainable Energy for Indonesia’s Advancing Resilience, USAID will help national and subnational governments, state-owned energy utilities, businesses, financial institutions (such as banks), universities, and other key players to: 1) accelerate the deployment of advanced energy systems, 2) improve the performance of energy utilities, 3) advocate for transparent and best value procurement, and 4) strengthen the institutional frameworks and capacity for energy sector transformation. Collectively, these efforts will help Indonesia meet its ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets while driving energy transformation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Risk Management Spotlight:
Climate Risk Management: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Knowledge Management
USAID’s Climate Risk Screening and Management Tools facilitate assessing and addressing climate risks. This companion document helps USAID’s community of development practitioners manage climate risks adaptively, learn from the process and record and share learning. The document covers incorporating climate risk management into monitoring, including performance indicators, context indicators and monitoring methods, evaluation, learning and adaptive management processes, and knowledge management.
GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation
On November 9, the GSMA announced the launch of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation. This new Fund will help accelerate the testing, adoption and scalability of digital innovations that enable the world’s most vulnerable populations to adapt, anticipate and absorb the negative impacts of climate change. The GSMA is looking for start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America and Eastern Europe that leverage digital technology, particularly mobile, to deliver climate resilience and adaptation solutions to and with low-income and vulnerable populations. Successful projects will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15 to 18 month period. Applications close on 9 January 2022 at 23:59 UTC.
On the Horizon
Share your resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! In November, we focused on COP26 and USAID’s Climate Strategy and in December our theme covered Best of 2021 and What You May Have Missed. The theme for January and February will highlight Regional Approaches to Climate & Development. Let us know if your climate change work relates to these themes. We would love to feature your work and share your resources.
Sophie Schrader serves as the Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator for Climatelinks. She manages social media and supports knowledge management, research, blogs, and coordinates content. As a full-time staff member of the Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) project, Sophie's contributions span communications across USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change and Forestry and Biodiversity. Prior to this role, Sophie supported retreats, courses, and events for numerous International Development practitioners such as the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and International Monetary Fund. Sophie holds a B.A. in Sociology and Studio Art from The College of Wooster and completed a thesis focused on the real life impact of hashtags utilized in digital movements.