Impacts, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

Climate-Resilient Development

Community activities in Jamaica by the Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG) Project. Without strategic action, climate impacts threaten past and future development gains around the world. Climate-resilient development helps ensure that countries, cities, and communities achieve their development goals despite climate impacts. Abt Associates has worked with stakeholders across Africa, Asia, and Latin America to pioneer and accelerate climate-resilient development.

Abt Associates’ approach to climate-resilient development places development priorities at the forefront of adaptation activities to ensure that efforts protect the things that are most important to people and their livelihoods and improve development outcomes. We work side-by-side national and local governments, the private sector, and civil society to strengthen capacities for addressing climate vulnerabilities as part of existing decision making rather than considering adaptation in isolation. Our approach also emphasizes the interaction between climate and non-climate stressors, such as land degradation, pollution, migration, and crime.

Our work in climate-resilient development leverages our expertise in agriculture, water resources, health, energy, natural resource management, and economic growth to create integrated solutions that account for interactions between sectors. We use a stakeholder-driven approach to help our clients and partners systematically prioritize development goals, strategies, policies, or programs; understand the risks and opportunities that climate change may present; and identify and evaluate adaptation solutions that both reduce vulnerability and support economic growth. 

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PHILIPPINES: Applying USAID’s Climate Resilient Development Framework to Build Adaptive Capacity

Abt Associates conducted field work in Iloilo, Philippines in 2012, on behalf of the USAID Climate Change Resilient Development project. The objectives of this field work were to: (1) identify current and future water security and climate risks to Iloilo’s economic growth; (2) engage local partners in assessing these risks, thus establishing a foundation to build capacity and ownership; and (3) identify and analyze a set of adaptation options for addressing these risks. This work resulted in a comprehensive Assessment of Water Security, Development, and Climate Change in Iloilo, Philippines and the Tigum-Aganan Watershed. This activity represented the first field application of USAID’s Climate Resilient Development Framework and its accompanying annex for assessing water resources. The framework is a key USAID resource for implementing “development-first” approaches to incorporating climate change into existing planning and decision-making processes. 
CLIENT: USAID / PROJECTClimate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) Project

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