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Wayuu youth during the Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program. | Credit: SENA for USAID/SURE

Don’t Miss these COP28 Climatelinks Highlights!

By Jamie Schoshinski

Early this month, the international community gathered at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Participants discussed global action on climate change and took stock of countries' progress toward achieving the Paris Agreement goals. 

Climatelinks published nearly 20 blogs related to themes covered at the conference, including climate finance, agriculture, water, resilience, and more. While published during COP28, the insights and resources shared will be useful long after the conference ends. See what you may have missed: 

Linking Climate with Other Development Sectors

Climatelinks posted a series of blogs to highlight the intersections between climate change and other development sectors, some of which were drafted in collaboration with other USAID Links sites. The blogs were tied to COP28’s theme days and highlighted useful resources for development practitioners. 

Partner Blogs

Climatelinks also published a variety of original content and re-posted content from partners. 

USAID Invests in Solar Energy to Increase Access to Water in Rural Areas

In Senegal, water companies that have replaced diesel and manual water pump systems with solar energy have seen operating and maintenance costs fall by up to 30 percent and are helping the country cut emissions. Despite this, local financial institutions are often hesitant to provide loans for renewable energy projects because of perceived risks. Through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy program, USAID awarded four grants totaling $546,455 to convert over 100 diesel and manual water pumping systems to solar. 

How USAID Climate Ready Empowered Local Organizations to Access Finance for Climate Adaptation

Mobilizing finance is key to creating the momentum needed to confront the climate crisis. Climate finance took center stage at COP28, with programming focused on how to scale efforts, improve access, and enhance affordability for an inclusive climate transition. Initiatives like USAID Climate Ready, which generated more than $562 million for climate resilience activities in the Pacific Islands, show how empowering local actors to access and implement financing can have an impressive impact on climate adaptation.

Powering the Philippines with Renewable Energy Auctions

In the Philippines, the country’s growing population and tourism industry has strained the electricity system, leading to energy shortages. On top of that, an average of 20 tropical cyclones plague the country each year, which can damage energy and water systems. In the face of these climate and infrastructure-related issues, the need for secure, stable, resilient and diversified energy sources is clear.

COP28 Calls for a Just Energy Transition: Here’s What USAID’s Doing to Meet the Challenge

COP28 emphasized advancing a just energy transition. From partnering with Indigenous Peoples and supporting locally led projects to protecting and enhancing workers’ rights in the energy sector, USAID is committed to supporting a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. 

Women in Power System Transformation Internship Program Is Cultivating a More Equitable Energy Workforce

While women represent half of the global workforce, they remain underrepresented in technical, engineering, and leadership roles throughout the power sector. To close the workforce gap and advance gender diversity, the Women in Power System Transformation initiative was launched with a mission to prepare and empower women to excel in science and engineering roles in the rapidly evolving power sector. 

How USAID is Advancing Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Solutions in Cities

Cities in developing countries face development and environmental challenges like pollution, limited access to financing, food and water insecurity, inadequate infrastructure, and social and economic inequity. Despite this, cities are well-placed to implement climate solutions because they are dynamic engines of economic growth and innovation. Plus, cities have the best information on what communities need. USAID is working with local communities to tackle these challenges so that all people, especially the most marginalized, can prosper in urban environments.

Q&A with Ann Vaughan, USAID Senior Advisor for Climate Change: Tackling Gender Inequality Lessens Hunger

Across the globe, farmers face threats to their livelihoods from devastating seasonal changes and extreme weather. Women farmers in developing countries have different, and often more profound, vulnerabilities to climate change and face even greater challenges to adapt. In this interview, USAID Senior Advisor for Climate Change Ann Vaughan from the Agency’s Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security speaks about gender equity in agriculture and food security as it relates to climate change.

How SERVIR Uses AI to Turn Earth Science into Climate Action

With artificial intelligence (AI), computers can assist humans in the complex and tedious task of interpreting Earth data, such as detecting deforestation or understanding climate patterns. AI is not a replacement for human expertise, but careful use helps SERVIR, a joint initiative of NASA and USAID, get more out of Earth data.

USAID Natural Climate Solutions Program Fact Sheets Now Available on Climatelinks

Natural climate solutions (NCS) programs help combat climate change by reducing land-based greenhouse gas emissions. USAID works with more than two dozen countries to help them conserve, manage, and restore forests and other globally important landscapes. Fact sheets from active and recently closed USAID NCS programs are now available on Climatelinks.

Managing Fire Risk in the Amazon Ahead of an El Niño Year

The El Niño phenomenon, which often exacerbates dry conditions, is one significant contributor to the intensification of fire risk in the Amazon. SERVIR, a NASA and USAID partnership, supports specialized forecasts to better predict and mitigate these risks. These forecasts offer a crucial window of opportunity to prepare for increased fire risk and take proactive measures to reduce their impact.

How USAID is Advancing Climate Solutions on the Way to a Water-Secure World

Climate impacts like rising sea levels, worsening floods, and severe drought are negatively affecting water access, availability, and quality. These disruptions to water supplies and sanitation services threaten to weaken food security, undermine economic growth, and exacerbate conflict and migration. In the face of a rapidly changing climate, USAID is strengthening water security, an essential step toward building climate resilience. 

Mapping Water Availability Across Africa

Climate change is contributing to extreme weather events around the world, including a record-breaking multi-year drought in the eastern Horn of Africa that has affected water availability. To track water availability for livestock and agriculture, scientists with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network developed a Water Point Viewer that monitors 338 rangeland ponds across Africa.

Philippines, Senegal
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate-Resilient Agriculture, Air Quality, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Integration, Climate Finance, Climate/Environmental Justice, Climate Risk Management, Climate Science, Climate Strategy, Digital technology, Education, Clean or Renewable Energy, Forest/Forestry, Gender and Social Inclusion, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Land Use, Land Tenure, Locally-Led Development, Nature-based Solutions, Natural Climate Solutions, Natural Resource Management, Resilience, Urban, Green Cities, Water and Sanitation, Water Management, Weather

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski is a Program Associate with Environmental Incentives, primarily supporting USAID’s Advancing Capacity for the Environment (ACE) project as a Climatelinks Content and Social Media Manager. Jamie has a Master’s in Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in English and Political Science from Temple University. 


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