Improving Climate Change Development Programs.

Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS)

Project Dates: September 2014 - September 2019
Development programs worldwide are designed to protect vulnerable people, places, and livelihoods from climate change, but with smarter methods, these programs could be even more effective.

Around the world, many countries are experiencing more unpredictable droughts and floods, stronger and more frequent storms, extreme heat, and rising sea levels. These events threaten food and water security as well as homes, health, livelihoods, and lives. To manage this risk, USAID and implementing partners need access to relevant information and analysis. The Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS) project works with USAID missions and their partners worldwide to test approaches and develop good practices for climate-smart program investments. The project goes beyond general climate vulnerability assessments to develop specialized decision-making tools and guidance so USAID development programs can more effectively adapt to the changing climate.

Project Goals


  • Help USAID missions and their partners develop and access the best tools to evaluate climate risks, adaptation options, and successful methods for promoting sustainable, climate-resilient growth
  • Work with USAID missions and their partners to test and harmonize approaches to assessment, provide thought leadership on key adaptation issues, and develop the capacity of USAID staff and country partners to put research and analysis into practice

Our Impact The Cost of Not Adapting

A recent assessment of the economic impact of climate change in Indonesia highlighted the major environmental, economic, and health challenges that the country will face from now to 2050.

Development programs worldwide are designed to protect vulnerable people, places, and livelihoods from climate change, but with smarter methods, these programs could be even more effective.

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