On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Climate Services for Resilient Development at the U.S. Institute of Peace. This new public-private partnership (PPP) will develop tools, services, and approaches in order to strengthen climate resilience in developing countries. The founding partners will contribute $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions delivering services to three sub-regions in South America, Eastern Africa and South Asia – with Colombia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh as the pilot countries. The founding partners include USAID, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Peace Corps, UK Department for International Development, UK Met Office, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Esri, Google, American Red Cross, and Skoll Global Threats Fund.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked, “When it comes to confronting climate change, no country should be forced to go it alone – because no country can possibly address this threat alone. It will require all of us – every country, around the world, doing what it can to contribute to the solution.” The partnership builds on the Obama Administration’s domestic activities to support communities across the United States in strengthening their resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Ethiopian Ambassador Girma Birru Geda said that there is “no doubt that improved climate information services would help countries such as Ethiopia in better adapting to the effects of climate change and enhancing [our] resilience.”
Panelists underscored the water-related climate change challenges in each of the targeted countries. Annie Maxwell, President, Skoll Global Threats Fund, emphasized that more work and partnerships are needed to scale the data tools and information to support decision makers in developing countries.
NASA has already released global daily downscaled climate projections for use in the Climate Services for Resilient Development Partnership. These climate modeling simulations are intended to provide high resolution details of what future climate may look like, specifically how temperature and precipitation patterns might change.
"Climate change threatens our entire planet and USAID is proud to build on our existing climate change adaptation work and launch this new partnership with leading organizations and governments across the world," said Kit Batten, USAID, Global Climate Change Coordinator.
Brian Deese, Senior Adviser to the President for climate change and other issues concluded that President Barack Obama highlighted the need for the partnership during his remarks at the September 2014 United Nations Climate Summit and that the Administration is looking for opportunities to build partnerships in other geographies.