Where We Work
CSRD is committed to advancing both the knowledge and practice of climate services for climate-resilient development. Knowledge building is appropriately a collective effort, and in this endeavor, CSRD will seek the engagement of a broad community to capture learning, share experiences, and identify good practices in the design and delivery of effective services that support climate-smart decision-making and resilience. This aspect of work will reach partners, practitioners, and programs throughout the world.
CSRD is equally committed to exploring, demonstrating, and improving its approach to climate services development in practice. This component of work is appropriately place-based and problem-oriented. It will be undertaken primarily in national and associated regional settings with partners that represent the primary stakeholders in the targeted services and their use.
CSRD has initially selected three countries in which to focus its work to support climate services delivery and uptake. Each of these countries faces significant vulnerabilities and climate-related risks; brings national government commitment and interest; and presents opportunities to tap knowledge, information, and technologies in building solutions-focused climate services.
"Climate resilience is an urgent development priority that requires critical, immediate, and informed decisions based on sound, readily available climate data and information. Access to the right information will make a difference measured in lives saved, damage prevented, and resources invested in climate smart development activities."— Pablo Vieiria, Vice-Minister of Environment, Colombia
As a result of climate change, Colombia is expected to become hotter and drier, suffer from more extreme events, and experience sea level rise near populated coastal areas. All of this has the potential to affect progress in key sectors of Colombia's development, including health, energy, agriculture, and water—for example, cross-sectorial impacts such as declines in crop yields (agriculture) leading to food insecurity and malnutrition (health), and the reduction in precipitation in river basins (water) affecting hydroelectric power (energy). CSRD's efforts in Colombia unite over 70 partners and stakeholders from diverse sectors and focus on developing foundational climate services; addressing enhanced climate information for agricultural advisory services, watershed-based flood early warning systems, and improved information systems for vector-borne disease management.