Climate Change

Climate-Resilient Development

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Climate-resilient development refers to a set of actions, plans, and programs to help countries adapt to current and future climate risk. This starts with an assessment of existing vulnerabilities and then identification of “win-win” solutions that support economic growth while avoiding or adapting to the expected impacts. Climate-resilient development also takes into account other environmental threats, such as land degradation, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution, and incorporates methods to mitigate the impact of these. 

Abt Associates’ work in climate-resilient development leverages our expertise in food security and agriculture, water resources management, economics, and and large-scale project implementation. Our services include:
  • Climate risk and vulnerability assessment;
  • Ecosystem valuation and cost/benefits analysis;
  • Hydrological modeling;
  • Adaptation planning;
  • Development of decision-support tools;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Technical assistance in agriculture and food security;
  • Capacity-building and training; and
  • Data management and collection.


INDONESIA: What role does listening play in developing "green growth" strategies?


With its rainforests ravaged by logging and its emissions soaring, Indonesia recently signed a development compact with the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) that includes a $300 million investment in Green Prosperity. But which districts would benefit most, and where can investments yield the highest environmental and socio-economic impact? To answer these questions, MCC turned to Abt Associates to design a District Selection Tool and implement Strategic Environmental Assessments in four pilot districts. Abt enhanced this analysis by hosting Multi- Stakeholder Forums in each district with local partners to identify key environmental, social, and economic drivers and generate findings unique to a district’s ecosystem—all supporting a sustainable roll-out of Green Prosperity.
CLIENT: United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) / PROJECT: District Readiness Assessment (DRA)

TAJIKSTAN: How can countries “mainstream” climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction?


In the landlocked central Asian country of Tajikistan, which is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and natural disasters, Abt Associates is implementing a national project funded by the Asian Development Bank to support climate-resilient development. Working with stakeholders at all levels, the project is introducing and demonstrating new approaches for integrating climate risk and resilience into core development planning and on-the-ground implementation, targeting vulnerable communities. This country-led project is raising the Tajik people’s awareness of and capacity to analyze climate variability and change, and to reduce impacts on key economic sectors, including agriculture, water resources, transportation, health and hydropower.
CLIENT: Asian Development Bank / PROJECT: Building Capacity for Climate Resilience

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Republic of Tajikistan: Building Capacity for Climate Resilience: In Tajikistan, Abt is managing a project funded by the Asian Development Bank to introduce and demonstrate ways to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning and implementation.

Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG): Abt Associates developed an emissions trading system and supported a green growth strategy in Kazakhstan.  

Bolivia Integrated Food Security (IFS) Project: The project involved adaptations for the agriculture sector to improve rural food security.
Food, Agriculture and Rural Market Systems (FARM) Project: This Abt-led, USAID-funded program was aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and trade. Its work includes assessments of best practices of adaptation options for the agriculture sector in India and increasing agricultural commodity trade through increased technology access, market linkages, and improving involvement and effectiveness of the public and private sectors in South Sudan.
Green Prosperity (GP) Project: Abt provided support services for land use planning, district readiness, strategic environmental assessment, and related preparatory activities for the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s GP Project in Indonesia.
Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth (IICEM) in Mali: This Abt-led effort provided agricultural climate change adaptation best practices introduction and implementation plus extension training and workshops.

Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR): This USAID-funded project works with governments, the private sector, and civil society to make the business and economic case for investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation.


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