Conservation is development, and USAID achieves cross-cutting results through programming that protects priority land and seascapes and promotes the security, health, and prosperity of local communities.
USAID’s global conservation funding supports both natural systems and the people whose health and livelihoods depend on them. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, USAID worked in nearly 60 countries around the world to conserve biodiversity, leverage private sector funds, fight conservation crime, and support sustainable fisheries, all of which help partner countries build resilience and shape their futures.
The Agency invested approximately $314.25 million in fiscal year 2020 funds to conserve biodiversity. Approximately 58 percent of funds supported the 13 highest biodiversity-priority countries and regions identified in USAID’s Biodiversity Policy, including Madagascar, Indonesia, and Colombia, where the prospects for positive change are good and where the Agency can support host country conservation and development efforts. USAID also continued to fund efforts to combat wildlife crime, investing $66 million in law enforcement capacity building, demand reduction for illegal wildlife products, and international cooperation. USAID forestry investments totaled $243 million in 45 countries, with $233 million focused on tropical forests.