Resources You May Have Missed from 2021

By Sophie Schrader

The Climatelinks Resources Library grew by more than 160 documents in 2021, covering a broad range of topics from climate action in education to projected health impacts caused by climate change. Here are some resources you may have missed.

Climate Change, Risk, and Resilience in WASH and Agriculture Projects is a brief that introduces Climate Information Services (CIS), which are a series of tools and resources that can help to improve planning, reduce risk, and increase resilience, also known as hydrometeorological systems. This brief describes how CIS can be used by resilience food security activities and partners. The brief lists resources for CIS, and shows where more information can be found. It also introduces national, regional, and global CIS providers and partners.

Village-Based Forest Management shares lessons learned from supporting village-level planning within USAID LESTARI’s integrated landscape planning approach, which targeted improved forest management within four priority landscapes in Indonesia. The paper explains that village-level engagement is a crucial part of LESTARI’s overall approach because: 1) it contributes to bottom-up development for inclusion and sustainability; 2) villages have overlapping jurisdictions with national parks and Forest Management Unit areas; 3) villages control significant annual budgets, which represent a large untapped resource for forest conservation; and 4) the feasibility of affecting village budgets is generally higher than other options such as increasing national park budgets.

Advancing Climate Action in and through Education offers a collection of resources highlighting climate risks to education and ways in which education can contribute to climate action. This paper also highlights six climate action strategies for USAID education programming, as well as a number of education and climate change resources. Missions are encouraged to incorporate climate change mitigation, adaptation, and/or resilience for education into activity design and implementation, with programs being implemented around the world. 

Assessment of Opportunities for USAID to Deepen Climate Finance Support for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries is a report from an assessment conducted by the USAID-NREL partnership, completed as USAID works to update its climate and climate finance strategies. Climate finance in the context of this assessment is defined to include grants, loans, loan guarantees, bonds, equity, and funds for clean energy investments; specialized climate finance facilities, e.g., the Green Environment Facility and the Global Climate Fund; and technical assistance and capacity development programs that create enabling environments to mobilize public and private sector climate finance.

Environment and Energy Landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Analysis of Trends 2020-2030 offers insights into key environmental and energy trends in order to improve programming in Latin America and the Caribbean. This analysis includes both challenges (e.g., greater scarcity of water) and solutions (e.g., the rise of sustainable production). Five key trends were prioritized based on their potential impact and relevance for USAID and the U.S. Government: 

1) increased exploitation of natural resources

2) increased planetary health issues

3) increased adoption of climate adaptation

4) increased access to and use of modern energy sources

5) expanded use of market-based mechanisms for environmental management and conservation.

Do you have an idea for a Climatelinks resource? We would love to hear from you! Submit your resource to the Climatelinks team or email us to discuss next steps. 

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Adaptation, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD+), Climate Finance, Climate Risk Management, Education, Food Security and Agriculture, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry, Health, Vulnerability Assessment, Partnership, Private Sector Engagement, Resilience, Sustainable Landscapes, Water and Sanitation
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Sophie Schrader

Sophie Schrader serves as the Communications and Knowledge Management Coordinator for Climatelinks. She manages social media and supports knowledge management, research, blogs, and coordinates content. As a full-time staff member of the Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) project, Sophie's contributions span communications across USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change and Forestry and Biodiversity. Prior to this role, Sophie supported retreats, courses, and events for numerous International Development practitioners such as the World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and International Monetary Fund. 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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