Final Report: Five Years’ Progress on Climate Resilient Development (ATLAS Final Report)
Climate variability and change is upending many of the assumptions that have been refined over decades and that form the bedrock of development approaches and practice. As the development community moves into a new era in which climate variability and change is understood as a threat multiplier, decision-makers and practitioners also are better understanding that tackling this threat means better understanding how climate change is increasing risks in specific sectors and in specific geographic areas. From September 2014 through March 2020, the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments project (ATLAS) shined a light on this imperative, providing useful insights that require revisiting long-held assumptions and making adjustments to the way we do development to safeguard gains in economic development and quality of life, while also protecting the Earth’s natural resources.
This final report outlines ATLAS’ five years’ progress on helping the Agency integrate climate adaptation across its portfolio, building the climate resilience of national partners, and strengthening methodologies to assess and respond to climate impacts in sectors as diverse as health, urban planning, transport and water management. Over the course of its lifespan, the project worked with USAID/Washington and a dozen USAID missions and their partners to produce 231 resources, including: vulnerability assessments and cross-sectoral analyses; specialized decision-making tools, including guides, sample terms of reference, and methodological templates; and communications products ranging from infographics to country-specific climate risk profiles.