Global Climate Change Initiative

USAID’s mission is to end poverty and advance human prosperity and security. Our climate work safeguards this mission and puts countries on a path to pursue clean energy growth and resilient, low-carbon development.

Countries around the world are feeling the effects of climate change, from more intense heat waves, droughts, floods and storms to slower-moving changes like ocean acidification.

USAID is sharing world-class climate knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes.

Our Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is preparing America to address climate change and mobilizing all countries to act together to ensure a clean, stable environment for future generations.

USAID’s Global Climate Change and Development Strategy sets out principles, priorities and objectives for USAID's climate work through 2016.

Our Climate Programs

USAID plays a key role in global climate action. Reaching about 50 countries with climate and clean energy knowledge, data and tools, USAID helps ensure all countries have the support they need to act on climate.

  • Low Emission Development support reaches 26 countries, from Colombia to Philippines, all taking concrete steps to pursue low-carbon growth.
  • Adaptation support reaches more than 30 countries, from Bangladesh to Zambia.
  • Clean Energy support reaches more than a dozen countries, from India to South Africa.
  • Sustainable Landscapes support reaches more than a dozen countries from Colombia to Indonesia.
  • Climate Integration support reaches across USAID to ensure food security, infrastructure, disaster preparedness and other programs can access climate knowledge, data, tools and good practice.

Our Partners

U.S. State Department partners with USAID to support Low Emission Development in 26 countries and leads the U.S. in global climate talks.

NREL, the U.S. Renewable Energy Lab is a core partner supporting USAID’s clean energy work.

Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a global alliance of government, business and civil society partners working to curb tropical deforestation from palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.

U.S. Space Agency NASA partners with USAID in the SERVIR program, which helps countries access and use satellite data to predict and prepare for climate risks.

USDA & U.S. Forest Service helps USAID to help countries improve forest and landscape management.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports USAID in helping countries set up smart and effective programs to measure and curb climate pollution.

U.S. Weather Service (NOAA) works with USAID to help countries access and use world-class weather and climate information and technology to predict and prepare for changing risks.

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Last updated: November 24, 2015

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