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)

Total

$3 Million

Adaptation

$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2023)

5.2 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

12.80%

% Forested Area

54.6%

EC-LEDS Partner Country

Yes

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Costa Rica Photo Gallery

Document

Quick Planning Guide on Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Stories from the 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.
Climate change poses a significant global threat to food security and nutrition, largely through its impacts on agricultural production.
Two cupped hands hold corn kernels.