USAID's Biodiversity Conservation and Forestry Programs, 2014 Report

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USAID manages a diverse portfolio of projects that conserve biodiversity and sustain forests while advancing development, particularly for vulnerable people who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods. This annual report summarizes the Agency's work in this sector and its importance to human well-being, highlighting discrete and cumulative results in fiscal year (FY) 2013, and how FY 2013 funds were allocated for work in FY 2014.

USAID invested $180 million in FY 2013 funds toward biodiversity conservation in more than 50 countries.  About half of this funding contributed to $142 million in sustainable forestry activities, for which climate change mitigation funding is the other major component.  Agency programs had a substantial impact and reach in FY 2013, improving natural resource management across 235 million acres of biologically significant areas, larger than California, Oregon and Michigan combined. A selection of notable results followed by three in-depth profiles serve to illustrate major approaches used by USAID and its partners and the role of conservation in transformational development. Profiles are:

Communities, Parks Authorities, and Police Put the Brakes on Poaching in Nepal
Understanding and sustaining Nepal’s victory for tigers, rhinos, and elephants in 2013
Taking Any Measure Necessary
Mobilization and monitoring yields conservation success in the Congo Basin
Strength in Diversity in the Amazon
Well-managed indigenous territories, valued protected areas, and supportive resource management policies combine to conserve the world’s largest tropical forest
Additional USAID reports on biodiversity and/or forestry programs are available at


Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:45am