Infrastructure services—such as transportation, drinking water provision, sanitation and waste management, energy provision, communications, and shelter—are critical to the ability of countries to achieve economic development, protect public health, address poverty, and support rapidly growing populations.
By building climate resilience into existing and planned infrastructure, countries can ensure the continued reliability of infrastructure services, safeguarding human lives, and protecting long-term investments.
The objectives of CRIS were to:
Tools and Resources
A number of tools and resources were developed under CRIS to support cities and USAID Missions in increasing the resilience of infrastructure services. Further information on tools developed under CRIS will be posted shortly.
Through CRIS, USAID worked with municipal staff, decision makers, and their partners in five pilot cities to integrate climate adaptation and risk management strategies into city development and to share the lessons learned with other cities through peer learning and dissemination. Read more about these pilot cities.
The CRIS program provided four small grants at city and sub-city levels (see map at left) to catalyze action, demonstrate practical approaches for assessing climate vulnerability and risk, and identify and implement adaptation strategies. More information on CRIS grant outcomes will be posted shortly.
Regional Climate Leadership Academy
From March 26 to 28, 2014, teams from eight cities in four Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a three-day workshop that highlighted innovative and transferable infrastructure resilience practices from across the region. Read more about this workshop.
Accelerating Adaptation—a game developed and tested under CRIS—aims to increase awareness and understanding of climate-resilient development concepts and approaches developed and implemented under CCRD and CRIS. It is meant to serve as a fun, participatory, interactive activity that supports experiential learning and discussion on the concept of climate change adaptation. The game is designed to facilitate rich discussions about the costs, benefits, and tradeoffs of adaptation decisions.
Primary Lessons Learned from the CRIS Program
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