USAID Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific

Published: 21st August 2017 17:44Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 15:28
Children playing on mangrove stump in Tibar Bay, Timor Leste. Photo by USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

Children playing on mangrove stump in Tibar Bay, Timor Leste. Photo credit: USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific.

Introduction

The people of Asia and the Pacific are highly vulnerable to impacts from climate change and climate variability due in part to the high concentration of people living in vulnerable coastal areas and river basins. Many countries in the region are experiencing frequent and intense flooding, drought and storm events. Key economic sectors, especially in developing economies in the region, are already feeling the negative effects.

Globally, the financing needs for climate change adaptation in developing countries to 2050 are estimated at $100 billion annually. Various climate change funds associated with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have been established, with the goal of mobilizing the required finance.

Identifying and gaining access to these resources is essential to countries in the region if they are to successfully adapt to climate change. However, many developing countries face major capacity challenges in preparing high quality adaptation project proposals to access these funds.

The USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific programme (2011-2017) integrated knowledge transfer, capacity building and technical assistance to link climate funding organizations with eligible Asia-Pacific countries and help prepare projects that increased resilience to the negative impacts of climate change. Find details of the programme's objectives, activities, outcomes and extensive resources below.

Principal Objectives and Activities

The principal objective of USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific was to establish a fully functional and self-sustaining adaptation project preparation facility that will not only support preparation of specific projects, but also build the capacity of the region’s governments to independently access climate adaptation funds. To establish a sustainable project preparation facility, Adapt Asia-Pacific worked closely with funding organizations and government agencies from countries across the region in focused activities these key areas: 

  1. Knowledge Sharing Platform. USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific works in close coordination with Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) as the regional knowledge sharing platform to disseminate information on adaptation-related topics.
  2. Annual Forum. Held in a different country each year, the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Annual Forum brings adaptation funds and project proponents together and establish the forum as a key mechanism in Asia and the Pacific for facilitating access to funding opportunities.
  3. Capacity Building Program. Based on our project identification and screening process, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific provides the training necessary to develop in-country skills to prepare sound adaptation projects for financing.
  4. Project Preparation and Finance. USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific identifies potential project proponents and mobilizes teams of highly-skilled project preparation and technical specialists on an as-needed basis to help create bankable projects.

As cross-cutting themes, Adapt Asia-Pacific promoted regional networking, gender and other social equity issues. These areas of work are represented in the extensive knowledge products produced by the facility, which are provided below. 

Geographic Scope:

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific focus countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Eligible nations in the Pacific include: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.


Map of Adapt Asia-Pacific Target Countries

Resources

Key resources

  • Urban Resilience Roadmap - a tool to help cities, government agencies, and development partners better navigate a course for building resilience, starting from strategy development and resulting in project implementation
  • An Online Sourcebook: Integrating Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Proposals - enables project proponents to design gender-responsive climate change adaptation measures as well as projects, particularly in developing countries, by providing targeted, sector-specific guidance and real-life examples that are easy to follow and navigate on laptops and mobile devices. 

Training Resources

The Adaptation Finance Knowledge Series

USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has been helping countries develop bankable adaptation projects and improve their access to funding. These experiences, published in this series, are based on our work with governments, multilateral and regional organizations, and other experts.

Climate Finance & Project Preparation Resources

Technical support to the Royal Government of Thailand

Other Resources

Outcomes and Impacts

Since 2011, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific has developed 36 adaptation projects, including 9 gender-inclusive projects, in 14 countries across the Asia and Pacific regions in association with national and international partners. The project has trained more than 1,000 people, delivering 25,000+ person hours of training.  The project has helped to leverage over US$576 million in adaptation financing for projects that have benefited nearly one million people.  In addition, the project has disseminated a number of widely-used knowledge products pertaining to climate change adaptation finance and project preparation, and has developed four courses focusing on various aspects of climate change adaptation project development.