Feb. 21st ACM speakers address the audience.
From left to right, Dr. Eric Hyman, Dr. Lorine Giangola and Dr. Lorine Anderson address questions from the audience during the February 21, 2019 Adaptation Community Meeting.

A Read Out from USAID’s CEADIR Activity: Building Climate Resilience through Successful Approaches to Planning and Financing

By Lorine Giangola, Ph.D, Dr. Eric L. Hyman

Since mid-2014, the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity has provided technical assistance for climate adaptation, clean energy and sustainable landscapes. This support has included financial and economic analysis, planning, policy analysis and strategies for obtaining public and private financing.

CEADIR’s adaptation work has involved agriculture, biodiversity conservation, fisheries, forests, mangroves and urban disaster risk reduction. On February 21, CEADIR’s Dr. Glen Anderson, Dr. Lorine Giangola and Dr. Marcia Gowen Trump joined Dr. Eric Hyman of USAID to discuss CEADIR’s climate adaptation work at the ATLAS Adaptation Community Meeting.

Dr. Anderson highlighted CEADIR’s training-of-trainers workshop for the USAID Madagascar Mission’s Hay Tao and Mikajy activities, in which USAID staff and partner government representatives participated. This workshop addressed the incorporation of climate adaptation, private sector-engagement methods and cost-benefit analysis in biodiversity and sustainable livelihood activities. Following the workshop, participants led a regional workshop for subnational government and NGO staff and private sector representatives in locally important value chains—ecotourism, fisheries, small livestock, vanilla and cloves—and plan to convene subsequent workshops in other regions.

Dr. Giangola described CEADIR’s partnership with USAID’s mission in India and the United Nations Development Programme to develop public-private partnerships (PPPs) for disaster risk reduction in four northern cities: Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack and Navi Mumbai. India has a favorable enabling environment for PPPs because of its national law mandating corporate social responsibility contributions from large companies. CEADIR helped private companies and municipal governments develop 10 six-month PPPs to achieve tangible reductions in disaster risks. Examples of the PPP topics include:

  • Improving public health information systems and disaster response;
  • Reducing flood risks through effective solid waste management;
  • Increasing resilience to extreme heat events; and
  • Expanding community awareness about disaster risks and responses.

The corporate social responsibility contributions included cash and in-kind support for procurement of goods and services, geographic information systems (GIS) analyses of risk locations, use of private land and logistics.

Dr. Giangola also discussed CEADIR’s assistance to the Government of Senegal to support development of its National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). Senegal, which has adopted a sectoral approach to developing NAPs, completed its first sectoral NAP for fisheries in 2016.

In 2018, CEADIR helped fisheries and agriculture stakeholders identify climate adaptation financing approaches and strategies. CEADIR staff presented building blocks for climate financing from a forthcoming climate finance assessment report. The participants assessed their sector’s strengths and limitations in the 1) enabling environment, 2) capacity and 3) financing mechanisms and instruments, along with actions to strengthen each building block and improve financing readiness. Working groups then identified priority adaptation actions and potential financing sources for fisheries and agriculture.

In response to questions, Dr. Hyman discussed some of CEADIR’s work to promote financing for clean energy and sustainable landscapes.

Additional information on CEADIR’s work in adaptation, clean energy and sustainable landscapes is available on Climatelinks.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Climate Finance, Private Sector Engagement
Loraine Giangola headshot

Lorine Giangola, Ph.D

Lorine Giangola, Ph.D, specializes in natural resources management and climate change adaptation in socioecological systems, with a focus in agroecosystems. Her work includes analysis of soil and water quality impacts of agricultural management alternatives under climate change, economic evaluation of climate change adaptation actions, and development and analysis of national and local adaptation and adaptation financing strategies. Through CEADIR and other USAID activities, Dr. Giangola delivers technical support to governments of developing countries in adaptation planning processes and National Adaptation Plans. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in natural resources management and policy from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Eric Hyman

Dr. Eric L. Hyman

Dr. Eric L. Hyman is an economist in the Economic Policy Office of the USAID Economic Growth, Education and Environment Bureau. He is the contracting officer's representative for the CEADIR Activity.  He has 38 years’ experience in natural resource economics, project design, monitoring and evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, environmental and social impact assessment, small- and micro-enterprise development and finance, and private and public sector capacity development. He holds a Ph.D. and M.R.P. in Environmental Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

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