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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
File Maintaining Water Security in Peru Through Green Infrastructure by FRAME Administrator — last modified Mar 16, 2020 02:35 PM
This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the USAID/Peru mission’s three sub-national projects. These focused on building local community and government capacity for improved environmental governance and implementing green infrastructure approaches to strengthen ecosystems and stabilize the provision of water. The case study also discusses the importance of green infrastructure as an EbA approach to help communities adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. Learn more:
File Integrating Ecosystem Values into Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recommendations for USAID and Practitioners by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 18, 2020 10:00 PM
This document provides recommendations for the incorporation of ecosystem service valuations into Agency cost-benefit analysis (CBA) across sectors, both for USAID staff that produce or use CBAs and for USAID as an institution. In addition, this document provides specific guidance for USAID sectors that are commonly integrated with biodiversity—including global climate change, food security, energy and infrastructure, and water, sanitation and hygiene—but the process and principles described here are relevant for CBAs in any sectors. These recommendations represent a joint effort of the USAID Offices of Forestry and Biodiversity and Economic Policy in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.
File USAID Biodiversity Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 18, 2018 09:21 AM
USAID’s Biodiversity Policy builds on the Agency’s long history of conserving a global biological heritage for future generations and reflects on the recognition of the essential role that healthy natural systems play in advancing resilient societies and ending extreme poverty. This Policy provides a blueprint for how USAID will work to achieve the vision of conserving biodiversity for sustainable long-term development.
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information and Institutional Strengthening by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
File WWF Living Forests Report: Chapter 3 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 08, 2017 09:09 PM
Forest and Climate: REDD+ at a Crossroads
File Measuring Impact: Six Years of Improving Conservation at USAID by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Dec 12, 2019 09:14 AM
The Measuring Impact final report highlights six years of designing and implementing evidence-based conservation practices at USAID. Learn about the project's key milestones, challenges and approaches, and development impacts at multiple levels.
File Nature, Wealth, Power 2.0: Leveraging Natural and Social Capital for Resilient Development by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
This volume is a sequel to the original Nature, Wealth, & Power framework paper (NWP1), produced in 2002. That document, although focused on rural Africa, was found useful by a variety of development practitioners around the world, and elicited significant interest from different disciplines and regions from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The world context has changed since 2002, and development theory and practice have also evolved. Therefore, in 2012, USAID initiated an assessment and updating of the NWP framework. This second framework paper (NWP2) is targeted at practitioners involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of natural resource–based rural development activities around the world, trying to make them more equitable, efficient, and effective. We also hope it will be useful to policy makers who are designing policies, laws, and administrative instruments to spur rural development. It does not claim to be a sure-fire recipe for success, but is an updated framework compiled from and consisting of best practices. Featured January, 2014.
File Final Evaluation of the Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems Program by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
This final evaluation of the Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems (SCAPES) program assesses conservation strategies used by four implementing partners to address priority threats and strengthen local capacity to conserve biodiversity. The assessment examines seven strategies based on four key principles, gender considerations, and learning opportunities to identify enabling conditions and limiting factors that affected project activity outcomes.
File Building Biodiversity Business by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
File Community Action to Conserve Biodiversity: Linking Biodiversity Conservation with Poverty Reduction by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
File Impact in the Forest: The Potential for Business Solutions to Combat Deforestation in Large Forest Landscapes in Asia by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
File Does Conserving Biodiversity Work to Reduce Poverty: A State of Knowledge Review by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:43 PM
File Supporting Small Forest Enterprises: A Facilitator’s Toolkit; Pocket Guidance Not Rocket Science! by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:43 PM
File Community-Based Forest Enterprises: Their Status and Potential in Tropical Countries by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:43 PM
File Enterprise Strategies for Coastal and Marine Conservation: Review of Best Practices and Lessons Learned by Sue Hoye — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:43 PM
File Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful locally controlled forest business organisations by Ryan Thompson — last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:43 PM
The main purpose of this book is to present 19 case studies from 14 developing countries that show how local people have been democratising forest business. By this is meant the process of asserting collective local control through ownership and management arrangements so that the integrated needs of families, communities and indigenous peoples remain central to the business operation.
File Green Highways Consortium USAID Semi-Annual Report 2005 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During the last semester, the Green Highways Consortium aimed to attract new partnerships and collaborations, while strengthening the initiatives among its members, the interaction with social groups, organizations and movements involved in the project’s development and the participation in the government decisions. The participation of Consortium members in national and international debates has been very significant to widely inform about the Consortium experiences and information - based on its research and projects results and local initiatives -aiming to encourage the adoption of public policies at national and international levels towards sustainable development and tropical forest conservation in developing countries. For example, IPAM´s participation as an invited member of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, as well as its participation in international and national conferences, has presented its new proposal regarding to compensate reduction of tropical deforestation as a mechanism to address the carbon emissions from tropical deforestation (Brazil is the most important emitter of C from deforestation). Also, IPAM, TNC, ISA and FVPP are promoting the study of feasibility of carbon sequestration by agroforestry projects in the Transamazônica Highway and in the Xingu River Basin, attending the opportunities opened by MDL mechanism to promote small scale carbon sequestration projects. Furthermore, Consortium representatives from IPAM have presented its Biodiversity Scenarios Model to the Ministry of Environment, which might apply it to an 8-million ha forest area along BR163 under federal intervention. Such model can show which priority areas are to be protected by environmental laws and which species would be threatened with the loss of the forest cover in some specific regions. As important as the actions described above are the local and regional initiatives that have demonstrated many possible ways to promote social and environmental sustainable development. IFT and FVPP, for example, has worked together disseminating forest management techniques and practices for logging industry staff, among other stakeholders. Giving tools for the logging industry to change its behavior and collaborating in public policies discussions regarding this economic sector, IFT and FVPP aim to comply with the one of the Consortium first goals regarding the increase of areas supported by sustainable management plan. ISA has focused its activities on the increase of landscapes with regional participatory plan for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Xingu headwaters. Also, it has strengthened grassroots organizations and enabled in the elaboration of projects by themselves as a mean to reach these goals. In this sense, ISA, FVPP, IPAM, Social Movements, GTA and rural and indigenous representatives have promoted events to discuss the BR 163 Sustainable Plan and other issues, increasing the possibility of local communities’ socio-economic and environmental rights being contemplated by public policies to be adopted by the government. In addition, the Consortium activities developed by the leadership of Proteger/GTA are essential in dealing with the involvement of local people and organizations. Proteger/GTA has a significant participation in the Consortium through the dissemination of information; discussions and awareness among small producers from Amazonian rural communities, and by doing so allow their effective participation in public policy debates, in devising and executing projects which deal with life improvement issues, while promoting the environmental conservation. The Consortium has a strong point which is the dialogue continually established with governmental and non-governmental institutions, aiming to spread out and strengthen its projects and activities. Cooperation agreements and dialogues were established in the last semester with Embrapa, Federação das Organizações e Comunidades Tradicionais from Tapajós FLONA (National Forest), the Technical Forest Chamber (IBAMA, RIMISP, IDRC, CE, IMAFLORA, CIRAD, SEBRAE), as well with representatives of other Latin American countries (MAP region).
File Green Highway Consortium Annual Report, 2004 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During this first year of funding, the Green Highways Consortium consolidated and strengthened historical collaborations among member institutions, initiated new collaborations, and faced controversial issues (agribusiness expansion in Amazon , for example). The general strategy adopted by Consortium includes (1) the strengthening of different society groups (social movements; farmers, state and federal government) by providing qualified and scientific information on land use dynamic in Amazon, as a way, (2) helping the local society to find a new approach for “frontier governance” being able to control the social and environmental negative impacts coming from the currently land use activities. Also, the Consortium has to work (3) to promote the expansion of Annual Technical Report (2004): Green Highways Consortium 4 market incentives for good land practices and compliance with ambitious environmental legislation. All the three action lines above are inserted in a national and local political context, which is propitious to debate due to the phenomenal advance made by local society in terms of proposition of regional planning for economic corridors represented by the highways that will be paved (BR-163, for example). In this sense, the most important accomplishment was the remarkable progress made in consolidating a regional planning process for the BR-163 highway—a process that has now been recognized by the Brazilian Government. The BR-163 process provides a participatory, scientifically-grounded framework for advancing large-scale conservation and sustainable development along a 1,700 km corridor rife with land conflicts, land speculation, and the degradation of natural resources. A working group, recognized by the government, was organized by institutions which represent the civil society for setting up a monitoring to check the proposals aiming the territory arrangement through the BR-163 Highway. This participatory monitoring has been reached through activities such as training for smallholders (in fire and fauna management, viability of productive activities, etc), or even for timber companies’ staff as an alternative to reduce costs. All these processes included the production of materials, workshops and events to promote the environmental consciousness among the society groups involved in it. At the same time, the projects developed during the period reported here are improving the communities’ level of organization and their life quality, since it contributes to different economical alternatives with environmental reduced impact. Communities are getting able to sell and certificate their products, while the Consortium is surveying the possibility of compensating environmental services through carbon sequestration. The perspective of analyses and studies on the role of agro-industry companies in Amazon and the necessity to establish a direct dialogue with this sector generated a debate within the Consortium that has yet to be resolved. Are the goals of the Green Highways Consortium best served through partnerships with the very powerful industries that are converting forests to fields at historically high rates? Should the Consortium focus on strengthening the proponents of the socio-environmental movement? Or both? Given the gathering economic force of agro-industry expansion in the Amazon, the answers to these questions are extremely important. The Amazon environmental movement is poorly equipped to address the explosive expansion of cattle ranching and soybean production. But the work of the consortium in the first year has been an important catalyst to a qualitative leap in the discussion of these centrally important issues by the key institutional actors represented in the consortium. At the moment, all consortium members have a much clearer idea of the likely impact of agroindustrial expansion, and are working much more actively on an adequate response - at all levels, from the field to public policy – even though there isn’t a consensus regarding how to deal with it.
File Briefing Paper - Twenty Five Years NFM History by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
PDF A History of the USAID Forest Program.
File Section 118 Report to Congress 2005 (FY04) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
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