Climate Services for Resilient Development Partnership
The White House (President Obama's administration)
The White House launches a public-private partnership, Climate Services for Resilient Development, to assist developing nations in building resilience against the impacts of climate change. Climate Services for Resilient Development, will provide needed climate services – including actionable science, data, information, tools, and training – to developing countries that are working to strengthen their national resilience to the impacts of climate change. The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership aims to develop new tools, services, and approaches that bridge technology and organizational gaps in order to strengthen climate resilience to populations around the world.
USD 34 million from USAID, UK Government, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Esri, Google, American Red Cross, and Skoll Global Threats Fund.
The U.S. Government's involvement in the partnership is being led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and other U.S. Government agencies contributing climate data and tools to meet the information needs of focus countries. The Peace Corps will devote some of its efforts to support on-the-ground implementation of climate-resilience activities.
Additionally, other commitments for support on the ground implementation (in the form of donations and data supply) also given by these partners: American Red Cross, Asian Development Bank, Esri, Google, Inter-American Development Bank, Skoll Global Threats Fund, UK Government, US Government (NASA, Peace Corps, US-UK Collaborative Arrangement, State Department).
Climate Services for Resilient Development, will provide needed climate services – including actionable science, data, information, tools, and training – to developing countries that are working to strengthen their national resilience to the impacts of climate change. There is no dedicated CSRD website yet, or a more specific list of knowledge products or outputs.
Some commitments from Founding Partners:
1. American Red Cross: will draw on this network to leverage existing in-country financial resources, staff, and ongoing programs in focus countries; will work through two Global Reference centers focused on Climate and Disaster Preparedness to provide technical assistance.
2. Asian Development Bank: will provide in-kind contribution for development and dissemination of climate services and products for more climate resilient investments, training, capacity building to use climate data, knowledge management portals.
3. Esri: will donate online mapping and analysis collaboration platform, country configuration and input of local data resources, in-country training workshops.
4. Google: will provide one petabyte of cloud storage to house satellite observations, digital elevation data, climate, weather model datasets, and 50 million hours of high performance cloud computing on the Google Earth Engine geospatial analysis platform.
5. Inter-American Development Bank: will provide in-kind support to enhance the use of climate data and climate services in Colombia and Latin and Caribbean countries.
Public and Private Partnership, where through consultations with a broad array of experts, governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, with USAID as the secretariat.