Climate Resilience

Fostering sustainability for future generations

Counterpart implements innovative environmental programs for the sustainable management of ecosystems through the empowerment of communities that inhabit them.

Focus Area

We emphasize the power of communities in addressing climate change

Counterpart leverages decades of experience working with communities and local organizations to implement programs that empower communities to sustainably manage the ecosystems that support their livelihoods. We apply this approach in programs aimed at the sustainable conservation of marine coastal ecosystems, environmental education, enhancing environmental services, and improving the governance of ecosystems and natural resource management—all critical efforts in the fight against climate change’s effects on vulnerable communities.

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What We’re Doing

Empowering coastal communities

Counterpart works with coastal communities and their ecosystems in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, through our Dominican Coastal Climate Resiliency Program (2021–2024) and the bi-national Integrated Marine Ecosystems Management in Northern Hispaniola program (2019–2022). The Resilient Governance in Niger Activity (2021–2026) and the Promoting Advocacy and Rights Project in Bangladesh (2018–2024) utilize communal mechanisms, civil society, and advocacy strengthening approaches to fight the consequences of climate change.

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Our Projects

Building climate resilience across the globe

Read more about our projects tackling climate change.

Coastal Climate Resiliency Program

Coastal Climate Resiliency Program

This project strives to build a nature-positive economy empowering coastal communities by enhancing behavioral change through environmental education. 
Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management in Northern Hispaniola

Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management in Northern Hispaniola

The Integrated Marine Ecosystems Management in Northern Hispaniola (IMEM) was a three-year program which aimed to improve the management and conservation of marine ecosystems on the northern coast of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, while  minimizing economic and cultural disruption to the communities that depend on those ecosystems.
our impact

Finding local solutions to global issues

Our emphasis on local solutions to issues like climate change and environmental degradation have yielded an overwhelmingly positive impact–empowering civil society and youth environmental leaders, ensuring food security and the sustainability of local livelihoods, and protecting critical ecosystems from harm.

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students participated in data collection trips in 2022 as part of the Dominican Environmental Education Program.

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in loans secured for 52 farmers to implement sustainable rice farming practices in the Dominican Republic.

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community-based platforms created in Bangladesh to tackle issues including environmental pollution.

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students trained on environmental conservation practices in the Dominican Republic in 2022.

Our Stories

Discover more about our efforts to foster sustainable ecosystems

Read stories of how Counterpart partners with leaders, organizations, and networks to improve governance outcomes and build inclusive, sustainable communities.

Educating the Next Generation of Dominican Climate Leaders

Educating the Next Generation of Dominican Climate Leaders

In the Dominican Republic, Counterpart’s Dominican Environmental Education Program (DEEP) represents the hope that through educating and empowering communities, the blows of the climate crisis on the most vulnerable might...
Marine Management Program Closing Ceremony Highlights Achievements in Governance and Biodiversity Conservation

Marine Management Program Closing Ceremony Highlights Achievements in Governance and Biodiversity Conservation

After three years of implementation, the Integrated Marine Ecosystem Management in Northern Hispaniola project concludes with presentations on its impact in the northern region of the Dominican Republic and Haiti....
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Learn more about our other focus areas

We take an inclusive approach to our programming and in our operations, strengthening communities side by side with our partners.