A development planner searching the internet for information on climate risks and potential impacts in a specific country is likely to come across one of two opposing scenarios: hundreds of links to a barrage of information – or nothing targeted enough to be useful. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a concise, accessible summary?
Building upon previous country-level factsheets and analysis from expert sources, USAID’s Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments, or ATLAS, project is developing climate risk profiles for 27 countries and two regions (Southern Africa and the Sahel).
These Climate Change Risk Profiles will help USAID sector specialists and others as they screen activities for climate change risks and look for opportunities to integrate adaptation activities into programming.
Easy-to-digest at five pages long, the profiles focus on current and future vulnerabilities, with detail on socioeconomic context; historic climate conditions and future projections; sector context and potential impacts; policy context and development activities. The profiles summarize ongoing and likely future impacts of climate change for agriculture, water resources, human health and other priority sectors. They also include a detailed reference list that directs users to more in-depth country and sectoral analysis.
In a similar effort, USAID’s Climate Change Integration Support (CCIS) project is producing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission profiles for countries and regions in which USAID works. These fact sheets offer the most up-to-date, publicly available information on countries’ emissions. With development practitioners in mind, the fact sheets provide an overview of the country’s major sources of emissions and recent historical trends, as well as links to relevant national plans such as the Paris Agreement climate pledges.
Together with the Climate Change Risk Profiles, these fact sheets will help missions adhere to Executive Order 13677 on Climate-Resilient International Development, which requires international US government agencies to screen for climate risks and look for emission-reduction opportunities where appropriate.
Accessible on Climatelinks here under climate risk management resources, more than 30 risk and emissions profiles are currently available, with additional profiles to be published in the months ahead. Three USAID bureaus – Africa; Democracy, Conflict and Human Rights (DCHA); and Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) – are supporting the activity.
For more information, contact the ATLAS team at ATLASinfo [at] chemonics [dot] com or the CCIS team at climateintegration [at] gmail [dot] com.