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.
"What's clear is that Ethiopia is a climatically diverse country and hence the expected adverse impacts will be very locally specific. Therefore, we need to invest in our climate analysis, forecasting, and monitoring capabilities. Climate information, packaged in a way that is physically and cognitively available to the diverse users, is essential."— H. E. Girma Biru, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States
Ethiopia is home to approximately 94 million people, 80 percent of whom rely on agriculture for their income and livelihoods. Most of Ethiopia's agriculture consists of small-holding subsistence farming, making the population highly vulnerable to hydrometeorological hazards associated with climate change. For roughly 15 years, the region has experienced an increased frequency of drought, particularly during the "long rains" season (March–May), and it is currently experiencing its worst drought in 30 years. CSRD's efforts in this country bring together over 30 partners and stakeholders and address expansion of agricultural services to pastoralist communities, innovations to support climate-health services focusing on malaria, and enhanced platforms for tailored climate products delivery.
"Bangladesh is one of the frontline countries experiencing climate change. Responsive strategies require pre-disaster activities including the development and enhancement of early warning and forecasting capabilities that define measures geared to take appropriate action when faced with an imminent threat or an actual disaster."— H. E. Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States
Bangladesh is a low-lying country with one of the largest deltas in the world, formed by the dense network of distributaries of major rivers such as the Ganges (Padma), the Brahmaputra (Jamuna), and the Meghna. Climate change is projected to present major challenges to Bangladesh's water supply and irrigation, flood control infrastructure, food security and agricultural sector, and fishery resources and will likely greatly impact human settlements and health. CSRD's efforts in Bangladesh bring together a diverse set of partners and stakeholders and focus on training and tools for tropical cyclone prediction and high resolution weather forecasting, seasonal climate products and services for the agricultural sector, and platforms for delivery of tailored information products across multiple sectors.