USAID infrastructure investments range from small-scale projects, such as community water tanks, to large power plants and water treatment facilities. USAID also makes direct infrastructure investments in schools, hospitals, health clinics, and other public buildings, as well as rural farm-to-market roads, trunk roads, and bridges.
Almost every aspect of these investments can have a climate impact. The design, materials, and methods of construction of a project can help mitigate some of the environmental impact, but site selection can be even more important. It is expected that within the next fifty years more than 70 percent of people will live in urban areas and a significant number of those will be located near coastal zones. The most vulnerable of these, over a billion people, will be living in informal settlements. Urbanization always brings increased economic development but with that usually comes an increase in resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Adapting infrastructure systems to meet the twin challenges of sustainability and climate variability requires engaging professional architects, engineers, and construction professionals in holistic and systemic infrastructure planning and design. Green infrastructure, sustainable construction, and equitable land policies are just a few of the ways that development professionals can promote infrastructure that is both sustainable and climate-resilient.
Engaging the Private Sector in Green Infrastructure Development and Financing
This report from the USAID funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project examines the many benefits of green infrastructure, including stormwater management, reduced heat impacts, increased biodiversity, and improved air and water quality that work together to improve a city’s overall resilience.View Content
Climate Change, Risk, and Resilience in WASH and Agriculture Projects
Climate change impacts water, sanitation and hygiene and agriculture programs, and threatens progress. Climate information services, sometimes known as hydrometeorological systems, are a series of powerful tools and resources that can help to improve planning, reduce risk, and increase resilience.View Content
Accelerating the Transition of India’s Power Sector
Greening the Grid, a five-year program, demonstrated a wide range of technical interventions to support the Ministry of Power’s efforts to build a resilient and self-reliant power sector and meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets.View Content