USAID helps partner countries conserve, manage, and restore forests and other lands to combat climate change while improving livelihoods and resilience. USAID works with communities, businesses, and governments across entire landscapes to have impact at scale.
The land sector is critical as both a source of emissions and as a climate change solution. Deforestation, unsustainable land management, and land degradation represent nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and nature is currently the only mechanism we have to capture and store carbon at scale. Unsustainable land use often results from agricultural expansion and poor agricultural management, illegal logging, damaging charcoal and timber production, and insecure land and resource rights.
About a third of the world’s people have a close dependence on forests and forest products. Around the world, healthy forests provide food, jobs, clean water, and resilience to climate-related shocks while storing carbon. By investing in forest conservation, management, and restoration, USAID is reducing emissions, protecting important carbon sinks, providing economic benefits for future generations, and helping build a sustainable and resilient future for people and nature.
USAID implements this work—referred to as Natural Climate Solutions—through “sustainable landscapes”-funded programs.