Aerial shot of a river basin with many tributaries flowing through green savanna.


At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa.

USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans. We are particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas



Human Health


Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2022)


$6 Million


$4 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$2 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

36 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Average GHG Emissions Growth due to Deforestation


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

(GHG) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Angola

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Angola

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Stories from the Area

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a five-year project to address water challenges facing communities in the Limpopo River Basin and Okavango River Basin.
South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) Journalists covering the Elephant Summit next to the Chobe River in Botswana, Kasane.