The Climate Services for Resilient Development partnership (CSRD) is an international public-private partnership dedicated to promoting and enabling climate services that increase resilience to the impacts of climate variability and climate change, and that positively change behavior and affect policy in developing countries. CSRD is committed to delivering climate services—including the production, translation, transfer, and use of climate information—purposefully designed to enable policymakers and decision-makers to address significant problems and create solutions. Toward this end, CSRD promotes services that are user-centric and collaborative and effectively harness the power of information, technology, and innovation from around the world. CSRD’s founding partners are the government of the United States (through USAID, OSTP, and NOAA), the government of the United Kingdom (through DFID and the UK Met Office), the American Red Cross, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Esri, Google, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
This partnership aims to reduce vulnerability through promoting climate services that increase resilience to the impacts of climate variability and climate change. This overarching objective is addressed incrementally in CSRD’s efforts to provide specific decision and policy makers with the means to more effectively manage climate-related risks and opportunities in their practices.
By analyzing existing information and including decision-makers and end users in an open consultation process CSRD identifies gaps and demands in the climate services chain from access, to delivery and use of information and technology. CSRD then assists in enabling partners to collaboratively develop, adapt, and maintain climate data, products, tools, and services in response to user-identified needs.
The needs of decision makers and end-users serve to direct and inform CSRD activities, in order for those activities to engender behavior changes that have impactful outcomes across sectors, toward building resilience to climate variability and change. In addition, the CSRD promotes climate resilient behavior and policy by strengthening institutional capacities, increasing data sharing and collaboration, and providing and improving platforms for the processing and delivery of climate services. CSRD’s approach emphasizes the development of appropriate mechanisms that enable ongoing communication, collaboration, assessment and improvement of climate services among service providers, users, and other stakeholders.
The CSRD is expected to complement existing activities, initiatives, and communities of practice; is not meant to replace or to duplicate the important efforts already underway. The CSRD will look for opportunities to scale, replicate and to make sustainable new and existing climate services.