The Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD) partnership is a global initiative to bolster developing countries' resilience to climate variability in several thematic areas, one of which is extreme heat and human health. For its focus on heat, CSRD has assembled a team of public and private sector entities (U.K. Met Office, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, American Red Cross, U.S. Agency for International Development, ESRI, Google, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and the Global Framework for Climate Services through the WMO/WHO Joint Office on Climate and Health) to combine forces and collectively work toward improving climate services to reduce heat risk. Specifically, CSRD heat work is focusing on (1) building technical capacities and tools, (2) exchanging knowledge and promoting collaboration, and (3) increasing awareness of using climate services to manage heat risk.
One example of how GHHIN is partnering with CSRD is through the USAID-supported ATLAS project. Through this collaboration, GHHIN and CSRD is jointly synthesizing the current understanding of heat risks to health, and developing knowledge products which will help inform the First Global Heat Health Forum in late 2018. The Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project promotes adaptation to climate change and integration of adaptation into development investments to safeguard and promote sustainable, climate resilient growth. This collaborative effort between GHHIN, CSRD and ATLAS builds on stock taking work of the GHHIN to help synthesize the current evidence base linking extreme heat to its effects on human health and well-being, and to synthesize existing operational approaches to heat action planning and early warning.
A key outcome of this effort will be identifying not only good practices with strong supportive evidence, but also practices in need of additional evidence, including pointing to research gaps which may be hindering planning, early warning, and resilience-building efforts. This synthesis will help USAID and other CSRD partners be able to work toward providing better information and services to support climate smart resilient development in the face of increasing heat extremes.