ATLAS - Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments

ATLAS aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of climate risk reduction in development programs through tested, harmonized approaches to adaptation assessments; thought leadership; and by building the capacity of USAID and its partners.  By integrating adaptation into development investments, ATLAS helps to safeguard and promote sustainable, climate resilient growth.

As awareness of the socioeconomic consequences of climate change grows, USAID Missions and partner governments are increasingly looking for support in assessing climate change vulnerability and improving climate-related decision-making.  Through new methodologies and tools for assessing climate risks, ATLAS helps evaluate adaptation options and synthesize best practices.  A key emphasis of ATLAS is the uptake and use of information, helping to translate assessments into adaptation investment decisions and concrete actions at the country, sector, and program levels.

Check out ATLAS’ Final Report: Five Years Progress on Climate Resilient Development for an in-depth overview of ATLAS’ contributions to the integration of climate adaptation across USAID’s portfolio.

For more information, check out the ATLAS Factsheet. 

Banner photo credit: Henriques Balidy, 2015, Centre for the Sustainable Development of Coastal Zones.

Features

“Climate change does not drive conflict in a vacuum but contributes to conflict in already fragile contexts and in combination with a number of other critical factors.” This is one of five themes to emerge from a literature review as reported in a new study, which critically assesses how peacebuilding programming can also produce adaptation benefits (and vice versa).
Advancing the field of climate change adaptation requires insight from diverse perspectives, active learning, and creative partnerships. Since 2014, USAID’s Adaptation Community Meetings (ACMs) have served as a platform to share knowledge for climate adaptation and resilience and promote integrated programming.
Amid growing recognition that climate change is not just an environmental issue, but a concern in all sectors, USAID’s adaptation investments are helping the Agency and its partners more effectively assess, plan for, and manage climate risks.