Climate Change in USAID Strategies: A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 201
This document describes the process through which climate change risks should be screened and addressed as well as considerations for climate change mitigation in USAID strategies.
This screening has been required as part of the development of all new USAID strategies as of Oct. 1, 2015.
Climate risk screening uses climate information to broadly characterize current and future climate risks and opportunities early in the decision-making process. Identifying climate change risks early will inform the strategies and also help determine where risk is the highest, thus enabling USAID to incorporate adaptation measures as appropriate at the strategy, project and/or activity levels.
With support, the Mission will use climate information and technical judgment to categorize climate risk to the Mission’s work as low, moderate or high for each sector, Development Objective (DO), and/or Intermediate Result (IR).
All Missions are also required to consider climate change mitigation, regardless of whether or not the Mission receives GCC funding. And they are required to fully consider climate change resilience and mitigation during the country or regional-level strategic planning process.
Agency policies, it states, should consider climate change vulnerability if climate change is a significant factor in the relevant sector.