Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Biodiversity and Forestry Programming
Ian Deshmukh, Bruce Byers, and Alison Cameron
This brief explains how USAID is combining its goals to help countries adapt to climate change and conserve forests and biodiversity. It was developed by USAID's African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change program (ARCC).
USAID's guidance is placed in the context of scientific information on climate change, impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and opportunities.
The brief includes, for example, a chart that explains some of the predicted and observed impacts of global temperature rise on biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs. Another shows projections on the vulnerability of ecosystems due to forecasted biome shifts.
It notes that factoring in climate change and taking more adaptive approaches to conservation is becoming increasingly important to achieving conservation results and reducing people’s vulnerability. The poor and food insecure are the most vulnerable to climate change-induced biodiversity loss.
A draft programming analysis highlights opportunities for co-benefits whether funding is for biodiversity, adaptation, or a combination of the two, while still meeting the requirements for each funding type.
The brief identifies regions for priority climate adaptation interventions.
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