Banner Photo Credit: David Miller, 2014. Women meeting in Uganda.

ARCC - African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change


ARCC promoted climate change adaptation and its integration into development policies, programs, and investments in Africa and Latin America to support sustainable, climate-resilient growth. The project delivered technical and analytical assistance, as well as capacity building to improve the ability of vulnerable populations to respond to climate change. It also strengthened scientific and evidence-based approaches and tools for local stakeholders to participate in decision-making, and to share adaptation learning.

Technical assistance covered areas such as institutional strengthening, policy development, water issues, conflict, and farming practices. ARCC tested climate change vulnerability assessment methodologies, and completed multi-sectoral and multi-scale vulnerability assessments for 7 countries and several regional assessments for the Sahel and West Africa. Findings were presented to key government and civil society decision makers, and USAID missions are using the assessments to inform climate change adaptation in the areas of agriculture, food security, biodiversity, coastal and ecosystem resources, economic development, and health.

Project status:  COMPLETED.                    Banner Photo Credit: David Miller, 2014.
ARCC Vulnerability Assessments - Africa
ARCC conducted climate change vulnerability assessments for Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Uganda, and the Sahel and West Africa regions. Assessments provide information on sensitivity and exposure to changes in climate, and the adaptive capacity of systems and populations to withstand these changes. They include studies of climate trends and projections for the future, estimates of the impact of climate change on natural and human systems, and analyses of past and current responses to similar impacts. They also provide adaptation recommendations, options, and analyses.
ARCC Vulnerability Assessments - Latin America & Carribean
ARCC conducted climate change vulnerability assessments for the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Assessments provide information on sensitivity and exposure to changes in climate, and the adaptive capacity of systems and populations to withstand these changes. They include studies of climate trends and projections for the future, estimates of the impact of climate change on natural and human systems, and analyses of past and current responses to similar impacts. They also provide adaptation recommendations, options, and analyses.
ARCC Technical Reports
Technical reports developed under ARCC address a range of topics including adaptation and biodiversity or governance programming, stakeholder participation in adaptation planning, guidance on designing vulnerability assessments for effective use in decisions-making, and methods for conducting vulnerability assessments.
ARCC Workshop Reports
These reports provide summaries and recommendations from international expert workshops on how to ensure utility and uptake of climate change vulnerability assessments; on latest approaches, best practices and results of vulnerability assessments; and on information and capacity building for adaptation decision making in agriculture.

USAID Implementer:

Tetra Tech (project status: closed)

USAID Contacts:

Tegan Blaine
tblaine [at] usaid [dot] gov

Jami Montgomery
jmontgomery [at] usaid [dot] gov

Christy Johnson - Latin America & Carribean
chrjohnson [at] usaid [dot] gov