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

Nicaragua

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.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

Climate Projections

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Increased Frequency/Severity of Natural Disasters

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Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

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Decreased/Less Frequent Precipitation

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Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture

Ecosystems

Human Health

Water Resources

Funding and Key Indicators

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)

Total

$3 Million

Adaptation

$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2020)

6.2 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

5.02%

% Forested Area

25.9%

Climate Change Information

Stories from the Area

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of adapting agricultural systems and rural livelihoods to the challenges caused by climate change. This awareness has come hand in hand with the need to guarantee that both men and women — of different ages and ethnicities — can adapt equally to the effects of climate change. And while, in recent years, the importance of integrating gender issues in climate change initiatives in the agricultural sector has been increasingly acknowledged, it is not always obvious how to systemically and practically carry out gender integration.
Climate change poses a significant global threat to food security and nutrition, largely through its impacts on agricultural production.