ICF International worked with International Resources Group and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist Asia and Middle East missions in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs implemented under USAID's Global Climate Change Initiative. The project had three specific objectives:
- To enable the Asia Bureau to provide short-term technical assistance on topics such as climate change adaptation, climate change integration within the development portfolio, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and infrastructure development
- To provide USAID Missions in Asia with information on climate change and to communicate regionwide environmental threats, changes, and opportunities, some of which are related to infrastructure development
- To support USAID with the integration of climate change throughout the Asia development portfolio and to support the project with development of climate data, analysis of infrastructure projects, and M&E in accordance with USAID procedures
ICF identified approximately 10 projects related to infrastructure, extractive industries, and industrial agriculture in areas with at-risk ecosystems or populations and analyzed their vulnerabilities to climate change. In addition, ICF established protocols to evaluate and monitor the projects for compliance with social and environmental commitments.
Through this project, ICF helped USAID understand how climate stressors interact with other development pressures to affect vulnerable ecosystems and populations. The project provided a much clearer picture of the multiple stresses affecting these areas. Since climate effects can take a long time to be fully realized, the establishment of M&E procedures will serve to establish a baseline and understand the pace of climate impacts over time.
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