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Climate Considerations for the People, by the People


When USAID engaged ICF to help build infrastructure resilience in developing countries, we took the challenge all the way to the local level. The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) program was designed to help cities in developing countries provide reliable and sustainable infrastructure services—including transportation, water, sanitation and waste management, energy, communications, and housing—while supporting smart, lasting development. By helping local managers implement effective climate risk management in five pilot cities around the globe, CRIS showed the importance of systematically integrating climate considerations into urban infrastructure planning and development. ICF’s work on CRIS helped weave climate considerations into the fabric of local decision-making, lowering the threat to infrastructure investments and protecting the reliability of infrastructure services.

Our team of climate experts used its proven, holistic approach to work with local and regional governments in a practical, hands-on way. Using relevant climate information, we helped municipal staff determine goals, assess vulnerabilities, identify priorities, select appropriate adaptation options, and design investment strategies. We tailored the approach for each city’s unique conditions, and drew from our deep bench of experts across ICF as needed, to support policies and develop tools appropriate for the realities being faced on the ground. Through training, we ensured that local leaders could continue to make progress addressing climate risk as an integrated component of development planning.

Click View for more details about the insights CRIS offers for continuing work in climate adaptation and development worldwide, including practical approaches for evaluating adaptation options, help interpreting climate information, alignment of tools with local contexts, and promotion of stronger links between levels of government. CRIS showed how integrating climate awareness into existing local processes can build greater understanding about how risks are connected and offered a repeatable, scalable approach for future challenges.

By Joanne Potter