USAID Climate Change Adaptation Plan for FY15
The report summarizes USAID's climate adaptation planning process, as well as notable current programs in the areas of leases, construction, and continuity of operations, and humanitarian assistance.
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan proposes new actions such as guidance and tools, training and capacity building, procurement, facilities management and operations, and more. Appendix 1 includes a table of proposed new actions, and Appendix 2 and 3 lay out the 2014 Adaptation Policy Statement and updated 2013 Agency Adaptation Plan and Vulnerability Assessment, respectively.
In the 2014 Adaptation Policy Statement, three intermediate results to help prioritize and focus investment are highlighted, including 1) improved access to science and analysis for decision-making; 2) establishment of effective governance systems; and 3) identification and implementation of actions that increase climate resilience.
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Additionally, USAID will continue to take action to ensure that its mission, development programs, policies and operations are sustainable in the face of an uncertain and changing climate by:
- Working with experts throughout the Agency in key climate-sensitive sectors such as food security, health, humanitarian assistance, and water management to integrate climate change considerations into strategic planning, program design, procurement, and implementation.
- Rigorously evaluating a selection of current climate change adaptation programs and other relevant examples of integrated programming to learn lessons that will inform USAID's next generation of programming, and developing an evaluation plan for climate change programming in accordance with USAID's evaluation policy.
- Developing new curricula and training development professionals from a variety of disciplines to understand climate change, identify its potential impacts on development gains, and analyze opportunities to spur low emissions, climate resilient development.
- Continuing to review and update the Agency’s environmental guidelines in order to incorporate climate change considerations.
- Exploring ways to consider adaptation and climate resilience with respect to Agency suppliers, including building the capacity of implementing partners to understand and address potential climate change impacts.