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Climate Risk Management

With hundreds of projects and thousands of staff across the globe, USAID witnesses the effects of climate variability and change every day. Extreme weather and climate impacts undermine development gains and future development progress. It’s not just an environmental problem, but a development problem with direct implications for hunger, poverty, conflict, water scarcity, infrastructure integrity, sanitation, disease and survival.

Climate risk management (CRM) improves the effectiveness and sustainability of USAID’s efforts, ensuring U.S. taxpayer dollars are well spent and more effectively supporting countries in their journey to self-reliance. These benefits are being realized across USAID’s entire portfolio encompassing projects on HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, education in Uganda and water and sanitation in Haiti. USAID implements CRM by systematically assessing, addressing and adaptively managing climate risk in new strategies, projects and activities, facilitating resilience to both current and future climate.

Successful CRM depends on both USAID staff and partners. Whether you are designing a project, writing a proposal, implementing activities on the ground or monitoring and evaluating results, you have a role to play. And if you have experience with CRM, please provide your input by filling out this feedback survey.

Climate Risk Management at USAID

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Four team members performing a planning exercise
How To Do Climate Risk Management
Explanation of the process with links to supporting resources
Students at the University of Fiji learn how to utilize geographic information systems
Regional & Country Risk Profiles and GHG Fact Sheets
Regional and country climate risk profiles and greenhouse fas (GHG) emissions fact sheets
A woman oversees a green building project in the Philippines
Climate Risk Management in Action
Examples of managing climate risks to USAID strategies, projects and activities.
Women farmers in Haiti show off two varieties of drought resistant, high yield cassava.
Climate Risk Management Resources and Training
Links to available CRM resources, tools, and online trainings