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Conservation is Development

by Gateway Web Editor last modified Sep 06, 2019 03:29 PM

The USAID Biodiversity Policy's vision is for biodiversity and its conservation to be seen as foundational components of human well being and thus sustainable development. While the bottom line is that functioning natural systems are critical to human survival, USAID and partners are exploring many critical intersections and entry points for integration.

Credit: Jeremy Holden - USAID

The USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook contains sections in Chapter Four that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors. Like the other Chapters, these sections are built around USAID experience but also draw on many other sources. Additional resources on integration will be found on the Gateway under the "Conservation is Development" tab, where Integration Working Groups are generating resources and building constituencies in cross-sectoral teams.

Download the Biodiversity and Development Handbook

The new FAA 118/119 Tropical Forest and Biodiversity Analysis Best Practices Guide provides practical "how-to" advice for USAID staff and contractors conducting the 118/119 analysis for US country strategies on action to achieve tropical forest and biodiversity conservation.

Foreign Assistance Act Sections 118/119 Tropical Forest and Biodiversity Analysis cover image

USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal

Video: Conservation is Development

The USAID Biodiversity Policy envisions biodiversity conservation as a foundational components of sustainable development.

Integration Working Groups

The Office of Forestry and Biodiversity created Integration Working Groups to support the integration of conservation and international development. The Integration Working Groups have proven valuable both by building the evidence base for integration and by growing the constituency for biodiversity conservation in the Agency. The groups work on identifying and commissioning research, finding opportunities for cross-sectoral programming and developing tools to support biodiversity integration. The BRIDGE project helps to facilitate this work.

The Integration Working Groups focus on key development sectors while drawing on expertise from Measuring Impact, BRIDGE and other partners and collaborators such as the Center for International Forestry Research, the International Institute for Environment and Development, Wildlife Conservation Society and The Nature Conservancy.

Key Development Sectors:

Biodiversity and Development Handbook
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