climate adaptation

Strategy and Guidance

Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change | Pocket Guide 3: Managing Water Resources

Many of the families who farm small, unirrigated plots in the tropics already struggle against poverty, degraded land, and rainfall that varies from year to year. This type of farming, sometimes called rainfed agriculture, is especially vulnerable to climate change. This guide is part of set, Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change, written for development practitioners working in the agriculture sector. The concepts, information and practices in these guides are meant to support work with farm families and to help reduce their risks from weather changes.

Topic

Climate

Climate change refers to long-term changes in the climate of the planet, a region, or a city, with impacts that can shift temperatures in the oceans and the atmosphere and alter the hydrological cycle. USAID incorporates climate change in strategic planning, program design, and project implementation across a wide range of development sectors, and helps make communities around the world more resilient through the Agency’s support of climate adaptation efforts.

Report

Is Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Effective? Perceptions and Lessons Learned from 13 Project Sites

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is an increasingly popular strategy for addressing the linked challenges of climate change and poverty in poor countries, where dependence on natural resources for lives and livelihoods is high. But EbA is neither widely nor consistently implemented. It is not sufficiently mainstreamed into national and international policy processes and receives a small proportion of adaptation finance. This is in part due to a weak or poorly consolidated evidence base on EbA effectiveness.

Project

Adaptsai Perubahan Iklim dan Ketangguhan

USAID Indonesia’s “Adaptasi Perubahan Iklim dan Ketangguhan” (APIK) Project is a five year initiative supporting the Government of Indonesia to strengthen climate and disaster resilience, working in an integrated manner from the national level down to the regional and community levels.

Project

Resilient Waters – Southern Africa

Southern Africa has significant biodiversity and natural resources, as well as a robust legal framework for natural resource management across borders. However, most countries in the region are water scarce or water stressed. National policies lack harmonization across countries and between sectors, and poor and vulnerable populations lack enough benefits and incentives for sustainable resource management.

Report

Climate Change and Water Resources in West Africa: Transboundary River Basins

This document is part of a series of studies produced by the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project that addresses adaptation to climate change in West Africa. Within the ARCC West Africa studies, this document falls in the subseries Climate Change and Water Resources in West Africa. ARCC undertook the West Africa water studies to increase understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on water resources in West Africa and identify means to support adaptation to these changes.

Project

Strengthening Resilience of Andean River Basin Headwaters Facing Global Change

 This PEER Science project considers Andean headwaters, particularly páramos and puna wetlands, as socialecological systems (SESs) in which coupled natural and human processes like drought, flooding, water use and impoundment in reservoirs for irrigation, and mining act together to destabilize and threaten water availability and quality for human and ecosystem purposes.