Climate Change Resilient Development project - Mainstreaming Adaptation for USAID

Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) was a global, four-year project in support of USAID’s Global Climate Change Office (2012-2015). CCRD's climate adaptation-focused programs operate in 36 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Climare Resilient Wheat in Kazakhstan; Climate Adaptation capacity buidling in Nepal; infrastructure decision making in Vietnam; livelihoods and gender in Nepal and Africa

Employing USAID/GCC's strategic “development first" framework, CCRD delivered guidance, technical assistance, and capacity building to 3 Regional Bureaus and 8 Missions for USAID, several national governments, and dozens of local communities around the world to integrate climate change concerns into development policy, planning, and implementation.

CCRD also explored emerging issues in climate adaptation by developing innovative programs, such as the,

Explore the CCRD Library for Technical Reports, Factsheets, and Workshop Summaries.

CCRD enabled USAID Bureaus and Missions to mainstream adaptation into planning; utilize custom-tailored, industry-first tools; provide technical assistance; and build capacity to their respective stakeholders.

In addition, CCRD coordinated with other U.S. Government agencies, including NOAA and the Department of State, to promote innovation in climate adaptation mainstreaming.

CCRD is implemented by Engility/IRG and a consortium of four private contractors (ICF, Stratus Consulting, Cascadia, and Manoff Group), two NGOs (Environmental Law Foundation and The Mountain Institute), and three universities (IRI/Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin, and University of South Carolina).


For more information, please contact Michael E. Cote, Senior Climate Adaptation Specialist at


  • Visit! USAID's New Clearing House for Climate Information Climatelinks is a clearinghouse built for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader global community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal provides access to ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:16 AM by CCRD Project
  • New Publication: USAID Vulerability Assessments The Climate Vulnerability Assessment: An Annex to the USAID Climate-resilient Development Framework provides an introduction to vulnerability assessments (VAs) and specific ideas for structuring an actionable, credible, and useful ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 7:24 PM by CCRD Project
  • Press Release: U.S. Scientists Return from Post-Earthquake Assessment of Dangerous Glacial Lakes in Nepal New Report: More Action to Reduce the Risk of Future Glacial Lake Outburst Floods is Needed Based on Assessment FindingsWASHINGTON - Aug. 25, 2015 - PRLog -- On April 25, 2015, a ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2015, 4:37 PM by CCRD Project
  • WEBINAR: Building Climate Resilient Cities—Innovative Approaches to Common Challenges WEBINAR recording now available! This webinar shared tools and innovative practices for building city-level resilience to climate change, including those developed under USAID’s Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2015, 8:39 AM by CCRD Project
  • WEBINAR: Vietnam Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) Lessons Learned CIMPACT-DST WEBINAR recording now available! Engility/IRG and Cascadia Consulting Group held a one hour webinar Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to share lessons learned from a successful urban planning ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 3:46 PM by CCRD Project
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CCRD In the News

Climate Access: "USAID Advancing Climate-Resilient Development"
Climate Services Partnership: April 2015 Newsletter—"Climate Services Highlighted at Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium"

"Climate change will impact the private sector; it will also end up in their back yard, affect their consumer market, business activities, supply and distribution chains, and might change the value of their assets. The private sector must understand that not investing in adaptation and urban resilience will be an expensive experience in the long run." 
—Eva Pèrez Sarraff, Climate Change Center Director, Dominican Institute of Integral Development (IDDI), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, CRIS participant

"People can regularly vote out or overturn governments, but cannot change the private sector as easily. Private sector executives stay in positions of power in the community for much longer, and can thus also effect leadership longer." 
—Chakil Aboobacar, Advisor to the Mayor, Municipal Council of Nacala, Nacala-Porto, Mozambique, CRIS participant