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Climatic Change

, 108:411 | Cite as

Building resilience to climate change through development assistance: USAID’s climate adaptation program

  • John Furlow
  • Joel B. Smith
  • Glen Anderson
  • William Breed
  • Jon Padgham
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Abstract

The topics of climate change and of what to do about it have been the subject of discussion for over two decades. Much of the focus has been on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the rate and magnitude of changes. Adapting to the impacts of those changes has received much less attention. In recent years, the development assistance community has recognized that climate change poses a stress on economic and social development in poor countries and has turned its attention to addressing climate stress. The US Agency for International Development developed a methodology of working with stakeholders to identify sources of climate related vulnerability and approaches to reducing that vulnerability. The methodology was developed iteratively with several pilot studies looking at vulnerability and adaptation in different sectors and settings.

Keywords

Climate Change Gross Domestic Product Climate Variability Adaptive Capacity Climate Change Adaptation 
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Copyright information

© U.S. Government 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Furlow
    • 1
  • Joel B. Smith
    • 2
  • Glen Anderson
    • 3
  • William Breed
    • 1
  • Jon Padgham
    • 4
  1. 1.United States Agency for International DevelopmentWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Stratus Consulting Inc.BoulderUSA
  3. 3.International Resources GroupWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.International Start SecretariatWashingtonUSA

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