USAID began substantial investments in adaptation programming in 2010. That same year, the United States., Costa Rica, and Spain, formed the Adaptation Partnership (“Partnership”). Established as a forum for policymakers and practitioners, the Partnership held a series of workshops to identify needs, share information, and explore lessons learned from climate change adaptation planning and implementation programs and projects around the globe. This section of the Compendium describes how the Partnership achieved its overarching goals, and how these goals led to the development of several new activities and projects under CCRD, and beyond. The Partnership also played a complementary role to more formal UNFCCC negotiations and work programs in catalyzing efforts to scale up climate adaptation and resilience.
“The Partnership demonstrates how new donor activities, programs, and projects can be designed to leverage and deepen existing and cutting-edge implementation techniques to create lasting, sustainable impact. ”– Michael E. Cote, Director of Communications,Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) project
From these workshops, the Adaptation Partnership leveraged approximately $16M in follow-on activities, which were funded by USAID and Department of State through the USAID CCRD project.
Description: In formal partnership with the USAID, U.S. Department of State (DoS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), regional and national institutions, and NGOs, CCRD supported capacity-building and program development workshops in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The workshops focused on six thematic areas of climate change vulnerability and adaptation, including site-based issues (e.g., high mountain ecosystems and glaciers), climate services, climate resilient agriculture, and climate and conflict. The workshops engaged participants from governments, NGOs, and the private sector from over 50 developed and developing countries. Staff worked to first identify activities that could be supported and developed into operational activities after a successful workshop. Experts and stakeholders were identified, and teams shaped workshop agendas.
Outcomes: Through the workshops, the Adaptation Partnership communicated and promoted actions for effective adaptation among various actors working to mainstream adaptation and resilience efforts in their respective communities. The workshops led to a wide range of new, cutting-edge activities, and research and networking opportunities that provide climate change adaptation support to practitioners and planners across development contexts. Key outcomes from these Partnership workshops include the development of major initiatives under CCRD, creation of lasting communities of practice and work groups, implementation of a $3.3M small grants program, and support for unique scientific research, technical analyses, and development and strategic piloting of adaptation tools for decision-makers.