CCRD Products Related to Natural Resources Management

PDF, Technical Report, 17.7 MB, 154 pps

ID: 035

Climate Change and Coastal Zones: An Annex to the USAID Climate-resilient Development Framework
December 2014

CCRD Program(s): Climate-resilient Development Framework

Description: This publication synthesizes relevant climate science to make the CCRD framework useful for coastal managers and development practitioners. It summarizes climate and non-climate stressors affecting the coastal zone and identifies key strategies that can help integrate climate concerns into planning, programs, and projects. The document discusses specific adaptation actions that can reduce coastal vulnerabilities, illustrates examples of coastal adaptation actions, and offers ways to effectively evaluate adaptation options. The publication also suggests resources for further reading and provides information briefs on various international adaptation projects, including: mangrove management (Ghana, Indonesia, and Dominican Republic); disaster preparation and recovery (Philippines, India, Caribbean); relocation (Honduras, Kiribati, and Alaska); sustainable fisheries management (Philippines and Madagascar); erosion control (Mozambique);  climate-smart development (Vietnam);  flood-proof infrastructure (Micronesia and Bangladesh); water adaptation (Tobago); addressing sea level rise (Costa Rica); and national adaptation planning (coastal West African countries).

Related Topics: Adaptive practice/behavior, disaster response, innovative governance, protection, adaptation research, extreme weather events, precipitation changes, sea level rise, temperature changes, Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, coastal, infrastructure, natural resources management, tourism, water

Climate change and water
PDF, Technical Report, 7.9 MB, 163 pps

ID: 036

Climate Change and Water: An Annex to the USAID Climate-Resilient Development Framework
January 2015

CCRD Program(s): Climate-Resilient Development Framework

Description: As an annex to the USAID climate-resilient development framework, this technical publication provides water managers and development practitioners with a comprehensive yet succinct summary of climate vulnerability and change and the challenges it poses for freshwater resources and development. It further provides key strategies for adapting to climate and non-climate stressors. Appendix A provides documentation on several adaptation actions within an integrated water resources management context. The publication also suggests resources for further reading and provides information briefs on various international adaptation projects, including: improving water distribution (Ethiopia), capturing airport runway runoff (Marshall Islands), canal improvement to ensure irrigation (Afghanistan), grey water (Jordan), reclaiming water (Namibia and Singapore), wastewater recycling and desalination (Middle East and North Africa), water supply and demand (India), limiting fertilizer use (Nicaragua and Guatemala), wetlands restoration (Iraq), rethinking leather production (Zimbabwe), protecting coastal zones and assessing freshwater resources (Tanzania), elevating homes (Bangladesh), disaster preparation and warning (Mozambique), preventing flooding (Honduras and India), microfinance and insurance (Haiti), restoring wetlands (China), institutional support and strengthening program (Jordan), training for local stakeholders (Kenya), enhancing transparency and accountability (Zambia), educating stakeholders (Mexico), trans-boundary diagnostic analysis (Angola, Namibia, Botswana), integrating water governance (Panama), coordinating water management (Uganda), and coordinating information sharing (Mekong River Basin).

Related Topics: Adaptive practice/behavior, adaptive technology, disaster response, innovative governance, protection, extreme weather events, precipitation changes, sea level rise, temperature changes, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, agriculture, health, infrastructure, natural resources management, water

PDF, Fact Sheet, 440 KB, 2pps
ID: 060
, B2
Climate Change Resilient Development 

CCRD Program(s)
: Adaptation Partnership, Climate Services,  National Adaptation Planning and Implementation

Description: This fact sheet provides an overview of USAID's CCRD project, as envisioned at the beginning of the project. CCRD activities increase the resilience of people, assets, and livelihoods to climate change impacts by integrating adaptation strategies into the broader development agenda and inducing donors, governments, and the private sector to invest in cost-effective adaptive strategies. The CCRD program focuses on three areas, providing: 1) support to USAID Bureaus and Missions through the development and dissemination of guidance, training, and capacity-building to strengthen the agency’s portfolio of adaptation projects, as well as the mainstreaming of climate concerns into other programs and projects; 2) coordination and support for activities related to U.S. Government climate change programs, including the Adaptation Partnership and Partnership Workshops programs; and 3) technical leadership in emerging areas of climate vulnerability and adaptation that need further innovation, including glaciers and mountains, climate services, and climate-resilient long-term planning.

Related Topics
: Extreme weather events, glacial events, precipitation changes, sea level rise, temperature changes, agriculture, coastal, health, infrastructure, water

PDF, Technical Report, 2.8 MB, 54 pps
ID: 055
, B2
Climate Vulnerabilities and Development in Burkina Faso and Niger: Background Paper
November 2012

CCRD Program(s)
: Other Technical Assistance

Description: This report provides background information on the development context of Burkina Faso and Niger: economic, social, and ecological background; climate change impacts and variability; existing adaptation priorities, ongoing adaptation programs, and remaining adaptation gaps; and recommendations to increase climate resilience. The adaptation recommendations described in the report focus on agriculture, food security, natural resource management, water systems, urban populations, health, infrastructure, and disaster risk reduction. An overarching recommendation is for the national governments of Burkina Faso and Niger to continue to strengthen and implement their long-term climate policies, based on input from a broad range of constituencies, infusing these policies into existing legal and regulatory frameworks across all sectors.

Related Topics
: Adaptation research, adaptive practice/behavior, adaptive technology, capacity building, disaster response, extreme weather events, precipitation changes, temperature changes, Africa, agriculture, health, infrastructure, natural resources management, water

PDF, Fact Sheet, 2.5 MB, 2 pps

ID: 002
Climber-Scientist Grants Promote Climate Resilience in the High Mountains
November 2013

CCRD Program(s): Climate-resilient Development Framework, High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP), Local Adaptation Planning and Implementation, Small grants

Description: The Climber-Scientist Small Grants program provides field-based, hands-on research opportunities to scientists and practitioners working in high mountain regions. This fact sheet summarizes eleven grants that USAID awarded in July 2012. The focus of the grants ranges from developing a framework for climate-resilient development and adaptation to address climate change risks to producing a feature-length film to document the complex relationships among local communities in three regions of Nepal.

Related Topics: Adaptive practice/behavior, disaster response, adaptation research, extreme weather events, glacial events, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, agriculture, natural resources management, tourism, water

Index insurance
PDF, Fact Sheet, 793 KB, 2 pps

ID: 014

Index Insurance: Building Agricultural Resilience to Climate Variability and Change
February 2014

CCRD Program(s)
: Climate Services

: This fact sheet describes index insurance, an affordable alternative to conventional insurance that pays out benefits based on conditions exceeding pre-determined thresholds (e.g., rainfall amounts) instead of damage assessment to individuals’ property. USAID partners with the private sector, universities, and local organizations to test and evaluate crop and livestock insurance tailored for farmers and herders in developing countries. The fact sheet summarizes index-insurance programs in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Senegal and describes how index insurance can complement proactive resource management efforts (such as water storage) that increase production.

Related Topics: Adaptive technology, adaptive practice/behavior, disaster response, extreme weather events, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, agriculture, natural resources management

Climate services
PDF, Technical Report, 992 KB, 54 pps

ID: 028

The Value of Climate Services Across Economic and Public Sectors: A Review of Relevant Literature
October 2013

CCRD Program(s): Climate Services

Description: This report summarizes a review of literature related to the use and value of climate services – including information such as observational climate data, climate system monitoring, and climate projections. The report lists the practical applications and benefits metrics of climate services for various economic and public sectors, including agriculture, energy, water, fisheries, transportation, tourism, and disaster management. The report also covers the key issues associated with the research conducted to date and describes the factors affecting the value of climate services, the barriers, the next steps for continued research, and the need to raise awareness of the value of climate services.

Related Topics: Adaptation research, agriculture, coastal, infrastructure, natural resources management, tourism, transportation, water