USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Calculating the costs of not adapting to climate change

The costs of not adapting to climate change are as important as calculating the costs of adaptation measures for decision makers at all scales. On December 8, 2016, USAID's Adaptation Community Meeting hosted ATLAS Governance and Evaluation Advisor Doug Baker for a discussion of the methods developed by USAID and others to reveal the potential costs of not adapting. After an overview of general approaches, Mr. Baker focused on the methodology and findings from an ATLAS assessment of the future economic costs of climate change in Indonesia. The assessment, which relied on existing data sources, focused on aspects of agriculture, health, and long-term sea level rise (SLR) to provide actionable information for policy makers and donors on climate change adaptation programming and climate resilient development. The underlying spreadsheets are publicly accessible through Climatelinks and can be modified for other countries and contexts. 


Douglas Baker is the Governance and Evaluation Advisor for the USAID Climate Change Adaptation ,Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project. In this role, he directs a number of studies such as that of the economic costs of climate change in Indonesia, of the effectiveness of decentralization for CC adaptation in villages in Mali, and an assessment of climate change risks for conservation programming in Uganda. A Development Economist by training, most of his work over more than 25 years has been in environment and M&E for USAID, UN, GTZ, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and others. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, and two Master’s degrees in Development Economics from UConn and Latin American Studies, from UConn and Yale University (joint program), and was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. 

Download the event presentation here.

Read the event blog here. 

This event was organized by the USAID Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS) project. All Adaptation Community Meeting webinars can be found here

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