- What We Do
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
- Economic Growth and Trade
- Ending Extreme Poverty
- Environment and Global Climate Change
- Global Climate Change
- Conserving Biodiversity and Forests
- Securing Land Tenure and Resource Rights
- Sustainable Land Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Knowledge Management for Environment and Natural Resources
- Sustainable Tourism
- UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
- Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
- Global Health
- Water and Sanitation
- Working in Crises and Conflict
- U.S. Global Development Lab
As the largest funder of international biodiversity conservation in the United States Government, USAID has a transformational impact in over 50 countries, and has a major influence on the practice of conservation. Whether through policy change in Kenya, ranger training in Thailand, or support for indigenous resource rights in Brazil, USAID programs are designed to sustainably conserve nature for generations to come.
Learning from and sharing our experience is essential for turning local projects into national efforts, bringing approaches from one country to another, and even changing how conservation partners do business. We are also documenting the development co-benefits of our conservation interventions, and the importance of biodiversity to human well-being.
Key resources include:
All USAID missions conduct Biodiversity Analyses in support of strategic planning for all sectors, often in conjunction with a Tropical Forest Analysis (if relevant to the country). These national or regional profiles provide a first step towards identifying priority geographies, threats and partners for conservation in a country or region.
Annual reports to Congress explain how biodiversity and forestry funds are allocated across missions and other operating units, and highlight notable trends and results.
USAID has minimum standards for all biodiversity conservation programs, known collectively as the “Biodiversity Code.”
Tools and Guidance
Biodiversity and forestry programs are expected to exceed requirements and apply best practices when possible. USAID and its partners have developed several analytic tools for conservation, as well as guidance useful for conceptualizing and implementing conservation plans. An Agency Biodiversity Guide published in 2005 is being replaced with a more comprehensive Biodiversity Handbook in Summer 2014.
Last updated: July 07, 2014