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Editor’s Pick: Regional Approaches to Climate Change

Part 2
By Sophie Schrader

This blog is the second part in an Editor’s Pick Series highlighting USAID’s regional approaches to climate and development. The first part of the series featured Climatelinks blogs that reflect these efforts, and this second part features resources and projects with a regional focus.

The impacts of climate change vary greatly across regions, thus requiring tailored programs with customized solutions for adapting to and mitigating future climate impacts. USAID plays an impactful role in development occurring around the world and, as an increased focus is placed on climate programming, practitioners can learn from successful programs and solutions. Despite differences in the climate risks and challenges faced across regions, local efforts can help inform global adaptation efforts. Below are some resources that highlight just a few of USAID’s climate-focused development efforts across regions. 

The 2020 Amazon Vision Report describes the regional context, the current status, and achievements of USAID’s biodiversity and sustainable landscape initiatives in the Amazon basin through the lens of the Amazon Vision. This Vision provides a coordinated and strategic regional response to threats facing the Amazon forest in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. It describes, guides, and measures USAID’s investments and conservation impact at a regional scale and includes the work of the Amazon Regional Environmental Program (AREP), the bilateral Missions, and USAID/Washington projects in the Amazon. The full report and the report summary can be accessed in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. 

USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean Regional Climate Symposium: Synthesis Report is a resource that resulted from an eight-session climate change symposium hosted by the USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean Mission from June 16 to June 30, 2021. This virtual symposium focused on renewing and strengthening existing regional partnerships by encouraging dialogue about climate change as well as the sharing of information and opportunities. Throughout the symposium, speakers from USAID/ESC and its partners discussed the ecological and human dimensions of climate change, contextualized the ESC region’s response, and sought solutions to address climate impacts. This report synthesizes the key takeaways, recommendations, and resources from the symposium.

USAID/Central Asia Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS) Annex: Climate Change Analysis aims to inform the USAID/Central Asia Regional RDCS on how to be more responsive to climate risks. This document also serves the purpose of ensuring that the strategy is responsive to climate risks while strengthening Central Asia's resilience. The contents of this analysis include an executive summary, Central Asia regional context, strategic approach, results framework, and a section highlighting monitoring, evaluation, and learning. This analysis concludes with two detailed annexes, providing an informative Central Asia regional landscape analysis and extensive climate risk screening intended to inform the RDCS while strengthening USAID investment in Central Asia by identifying climate risks and describing the mission’s mitigation efforts. 

The Intersection of Transparency, Long-Term Strategies, and Transportation in Asia offers recordings and presentations from a four-part online training offered by USAID’s Transparency and Long-Term Strategies (T-LTS) project. This training is intended for practitioners in Southeast and South Asia who are focused on developing low-carbon strategies for the transportation sector, and offers methods and resources to utilize. 

Financing Climate Resilience in African Cities is a reference guide from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project that provides an overview of the wide range of finance mechanisms available to governments to fund climate resilience initiatives at both the national and local level. The guide also outlines the opportunities and challenges for municipal governments in sub-Saharan Africa to use select finance mechanisms to provide for their citizens' needs as cities grow and the climate changes, providing illustrative interventions to increase the chance of each mechanism’s success.

People on the Move: Strengthening Adaptation Responses to Support Human Movement in a Changing Climate is a technical report which contributes to the growing field exploring adaptation responses to climate-related human movement. This study examines the role of climate variability and change as well as climate-induced hazards as risk multipliers in the context of human movement. This resource also provides practical recommendations for adaptation strategies to support people to remain in their home communities, prepare for and respond to climate shocks, and improve their own local adaptive capacities when movement does occur.

Adaptation, Biodiversity Conservation, Emissions, Climate Change Integration, Climate Finance, Climate Policy, Climate Risk Management, Development, Clean or Renewable Energy, Forest/Forestry, Infrastructure, Green Infrastructure, Transportation, Mitigation, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Partnership, Private Sector Engagement, Resilience, Climate Change Courses
Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa
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Sophie Schrader

Sophie Schrader is a communications coordinator for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s International Partnerships. Previously, Sophie supported USAID communications through the Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) and Advancing Capacity for the Environment (ACE) programs, including as the Content and Social Media Manager for Climatelinks under SEEK. 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.

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