A group of students planting trees
A group of students takes part in a plantation campaign organized by WWF Pakistan.

Editor’s Pick: Climate Mitigation Blogs and Resources on Climatelinks

By Isabela Barriga

Climate mitigation is essential for helping communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and prevent worst-case climate scenarios. USAID helps countries achieve more ambitious climate targets under the Paris Agreement and provides the foundations for sustainable growth through renewable energy and natural climate solutions. This month, our theme explores climate mitigation and development as a critical element of an ambitious climate agenda.

Natural climate solutions are one component of global climate action. USAID helps partner countries protect, manage, and restore forests to combat climate change while improving livelihoods and resilience. By working cross-functionally with communities, businesses, and governments, USAID can scale impact across the globe. 

USAID’s renewable energy programs promote distribution, financing, and grid integration of renewable energy generation to mitigate climate change while lowering costs, catalyzing economic growth, and increasing access to affordable energy services.

Below, find a selection of projects, blogs, and resources related to USAID’s work on climate mitigation.

Projects 

USAID partners with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support clean, reliable, and affordable power in the developing world and assist with policy, planning, and deployment support for advanced energy technologies. 

USAID’s Transparency and Long-Term Strategies (T-LTS) project supports countries in developing robust, transparent, long-term strategies for low-emissions development. 

ProLand supports USAID missions to improve land use management using a systems approach to resilient development that integrates ecological, economic, and governance aspects.

Low Emissions Opportunities in Agriculture: USAID and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security are partnering to identify opportunities to pursue food security that are compatible with low emissions development. 

Blogs 

As World Leaders Gather to Discuss International Climate Commitments, Long Term Strategies Can Turn Talk into Action: Achieving the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 requires a long-term strategy. Learn more about USAID’s T-LTS project’s work in supporting countries to develop transparent, climate-resilient long-term strategies.

Making Money Matter: USAID combats the climate crisis by helping forest communities access climate finance. Read how USAID is working to facilitate investments in natural climate solutions to address climate change.

Energy Efficiency Can Help Countries Meet Rising Energy Demand and Climate Targets: A new toolkit released by USAID and Berkeley Lab lays out ‘building blocks’ to scale up energy efficiency, such as energy efficient standards and retrofits, market priming and finance, and policy planning.

Resources 

Productive Landscapes: What Do Experience and Research Tell Us About Using PES To Limit Deforestation? This ProLand case study describes the payments for ecosystem service (PES) approach and presents examples of its use to address deforestation in Colombia and Uganda. It then uses those examples to describe essential design elements in using PES to effectively mitigate deforestation. 

USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development Program Final Report: The final report describes the technical assistance and approaches that led to achieving these results and includes key lessons learned for designing and implementing future municipal-focused LED/green growth, governance, and/or institutional development technical assistance programs.

Domestic Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Forest Management in Indonesia: This brief summarizes the lessons learned from USAID LESTARI’s work on domestic resource mobilization for sustainable forest management and conservation in Indonesia.

Integrating Climate Risk in Long-Term Planning: The USAID T-LTS Project conducted a four-part online training for practitioners on developing low-carbon strategies that consider climate risks and include climate adaptation strategies. The recordings and accompanying presentations for each of these sessions are included.

Topics
Adaptation, Biodiversity, Emissions, Low Emission Development, Climate Policy, Conflict and Governance, Energy, Clean Energy, Forestry, Infrastructure, Sustainable Land Management, Mitigation, Private Sector Engagement, Self-Reliance, Sustainable Landscapes
Region
Global

Isabela Barriga

Isabela Barriga serves as the social media manager, content entry and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She assists with knowledge management, research and writing blogs. Previously, Isabela provided communication and content management support to organizations such as the United Nations Volunteers programme in Ecuador and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Washington, DC. Isabela holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and a minor in International Development & Conflict Management.

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