USAID supports activities to help developing countries lessen their vulnerability and adapt to climate variability and change. These activities are intended to build more resilience into economic sectors that may be affected by climatic stresses, including agriculture, water, and key livelihood sectors in coastal areas.
In Indonesia, USAID’s Coastal Resources Management Project helps coastal communities to sustainably manage fisheries, reefs, and other coastal resources and has leveraged over $10 million from the Asia Development Bank. Participating villages and communities develop long-term plans to protect resources, such as ensuring that their coastline is protected from floods and storm damage by healthy stands of mangroves.
USAID is also promoting adaptation through partnerships with the World Conservation Union, START (Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training), and the Mekong River Commission to assess livelihood strategies for adaptation to climate change in Northeast Thailand.