Newly planted fields in Costa Rica, with mountain panorama in background.

Costa Rica

At a Glance

The Central America Regional Program serves Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Climate change has emerged as a major threat to Central American communities, intensifying the destructive impacts of poor land-use practices and further stressing a region already vulnerable to drought, landslides, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events. USAID works across Central America to build the capacity of governments, people, places, and livelihoods to make better decisions and take actions to improve their resilience to climate change.  USAID also promotes sustainable low-carbon growth by stimulating investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate-smart land practices that reduce emissions and contribute to economic growth.

Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


$3 Million


$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

5.2 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


EC-LEDS Partner Country


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Quick Planning Guide on Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Stories from the Area

With the support of SERVIR, Luis Diego works to share geospatial tools with other young people in Central America to help them to pursue their own dreams beyond the stratosphere.
Ariel shot of large group of young people standing in small grassy area
The Costa Rica pilot was conducted from April 25 to May 6, 2022, and was a tremendous collaborative effort of teams from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, USDA Costa Rica, local consultants from FUNDATEC, and ABA. USDA Costa Rica and the Ministry proposed to pilot the guide in the Huetar Caribbean Region.
Team Collecting Loss Data at Plantain Packhouse.
Agricultural market systems are transforming because of climate change. Although each transformation is unique, they occur in places where there are adequate market systems and institutional capacity to enable them to adapt.
Low-angle shot of a rice field colored many shades of green.