Global Climate Change Initiative

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A boy holding a mangrove poses for the camera while standing in front of residents of his village
Climate Adaptation

Brazilian youth install solar panels on top of a local computer center
Clean Energy

Jenny Songan stands in a mangrove forest in Papua New Guinea
Sustainable Landscapes

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. This puts USAID’s mission, and development goals like food and water security, at risk.

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

Our Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, unveiled in June 2013, is curbing U.S. climate pollution, preparing America for climate impacts and helping mobilize all countries to act together to ensure a cleaner, stable environment for future generations.

USAID’s Global Climate Change and Development Strategy is a five-year strategy that sets out principles, priorities and objectives for our climate work through 2016.

Our Climate Programs

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

  • Low Emission Development support reaches 26 countries. USAID and the U.S. State Department have forged special bilateral partnerships with these countries, from Colombia to Philippines, all committed and taking concrete actions 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 and water security, infrastructure, disaster preparedness and other programs can access and use 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 also leads U.S. participation 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.

Last updated: October 09, 2015

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