What is CCRD?
Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) is a global, four-year project in support of USAID’s Global Climate Change Office. CCRD's climate adaptation-focused programs operate in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and the Caribbean. Employing a strategic “development first" framework, CCRD delivers guidance, technical assistance, and capacity building to USAID Missions and Bureaus, national governments, and local communities around the world to integrate climate change concerns into development policy, planning, and implementation. CCRD also explores emerging issues in climate adaptation by developing innovative programs, such as the Climate Services Partnership (CSP), the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP), the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services program (CRIS), and support for the preparation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). CCRD is implemented by Engility/IRG and a consortium of private contractors, NGOs, and universities.
CCRD proposes several incremental changes to development planning, including: identifying climate and non-climate stressors on a program or project; assessing vulnerability of people, livelihoods, natural resources, and infrastructure to these stressors; considering diverse strategies to address the stressors; and recognizing the difficulty of attributing success or failure to individual development or adaptation measures once they are fully integrated.
CCRD enables USAID Bureaus and Missions to take these steps by providing mainstreaming guidances, industry-first tools, technical assistance, and capacity building. In addition, CCRD coordinates with other U.S. Government agencies (including NOAA and the Department of State) to promote innovation in climate adaptation mainstreaming. Finally, CCRD identifies and responds to emerging climate change issues and provides knowledge management assistance for design, planning, and implementation of climate resilient development programming.
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