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Cross-Sector Linkages

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Research and evidence to promote and support the integration of biodiversity conservation with other development sectors.

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Climate Change

Healthy, intact ecosystems are more resilient to the impacts of climate change and are an important component of climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather events like droughts and floods present serious threats to human development, economic growth and poverty reduction.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based approach to help people adapt to the adverse impacts of extreme weather and climate change through improved conservation and management of forests, mangroves, coral reefs and other ecosystems. BRIDGE created a suite of evidence summaries and case studies that highlight the role of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in addressing climate vulnerability.

Sustainable Landscapes

Integrating biodiversity and sustainable landscapes objectives in development programming offers an opportunity to jointly address threats and drivers of biodiversity, forest loss and land degradation. BRIDGE documented current and recently completed USAID sustainable landscapes and biodiversity activities to capture learning and provide recommendations on best practices for integration.


Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

There are strong linkages between good governance and biodiversity conservation. Better governance, conservation and natural resource management all focus on improving the collective good. BRIDGE documented examples of how and where activities have advanced objectives such as participation, inclusion, transparency and accountability through biodiversity interventions.


Food Security

Healthy ecosystems produce goods and services that are fundamental to food security, such as wild foods, pollination, water provision and natural pest control. Agriculture programming that integrates biodiversity conservation can strengthen food security, improve nutrition and support sustainable livelihoods. BRIDGE developed reports and evidence summaries that demonstrate how biodiversity and food security objectives can be integrated.


Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Intact, biologically diverse ecosystems support health and fight disease by providing essential goods and services including nutrient-rich wild foods, natural medicines, and clean air and water. BRIDGE explored linkages between natural ecosystems and health outcomes through a research collaboration with the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont on forest cover and nutrition outcomes in children. BRIDGE also developed a factsheet that summarizes the evidence on biodiversity and health linkages and highlights opportunities for integrating health programming with biodiversity.

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