In mid-2020, Climatelinks added sector pages to its website. The 14 pages, accessible by hovering your mouse over “What We Do” in the website’s top navigation menu, showcase sector-specific work on climate change that USAID is undertaking in a variety of contexts. Each sector page houses an introductory overview detailing related climate impacts and stressors, as well as potential solutions. Sector pages also provide visitors with links to relevant features, as well as each sector’s most recent blogs, resources, and events.
Over the course of 2020, sector pages were introduced through related themes. For example, the Food Security and Agriculture sector page was featured in our February Food Security and Climate Risk Management theme. Similarly, the Climatelinks photo gallery is a community resource that features sector-specific filters for narrowing down images.
Below, find a selection of our most-heavily visited sector pages, as well as a few that you might have missed. We encourage you to check out this newest addition to Climatelinks for yourself!
Top 3 Sector Pages
The Climate sector page gives an overview of USAID’s ongoing climate work, focusing on Sustainable Landscapes, Climate Risk Management, and other high-level topics where USAID has focused its efforts in the past, such as adaptation and clean energy.
The Biodiversity Conservation sector page provides insights on USAID’s work at the intersection of climate change and biodiversity. Features include the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Portal and a recent report on integration of biodiversity and sustainable landscapes programming for USAID staff.
The Education sector page highlights a number of blogs produced as part of our August 2020 “Education and Climate Change” theme. These blogs include Equipping Youth with Knowledge and Capacity to Better Manage Climate Risk, which tells the story of the Indonesia-based Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (APIK) Project, which empowered youth through climate and disaster education activities such as field-based trainings and disaster preparedness camps.
Sector Pages You May Have Missed
Climate impacts on human health will introduce risks to individuals, communities, and health systems. The Health sector page features some of USAID’s recent work on topics such as heat waves and human health, current and future malaria risks in Africa, and the funding landscape at the nexus of climate and health.
In addition to a lengthy introduction covering the challenges and opportunities that cities face in the 21st century, the Urban sector page features resources covering topics like private sector engagement for urban climate resilience, and best practices for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of urban climate adaptation programming.
Lastly, the Infrastructure sector page notes the wide range of USAID’s infrastructure investments, from small-scale projects like community water tanks to utility-scale wind and solar power. Features include a report from the USAID-NREL Partnership on addressing climate change mitigation through energy efficiency and renewable energy technical solutions.
Stephan Hardeman is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. He draws on more than five years of experience in communications for international development institutions, including the World Bank and USAID, to support Climatelinks through USAID’s Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) initiative by engaging the Climatelinks community and featuring its work. Stephan has MAs in International Affairs (American University) and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (United Nations University for Peace) and BAs in English and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.