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USAID and U.S. Government Policy

USAID is committed to a future in which both people and biodiversity thrive through improvements in economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental stewardship. The Agency’s Biodiversity Policy builds on a long history of conserving biodiversity and reflects the critical role of natural systems in achieving development goals.

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Conservation is Development

USAID’s biodiversity programming both protects natural resources and priority places and establishes conservation as a foundational component of human well-being. USAID and partners are exploring many critical intersections and entry points for integration between development sectors.

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Legality and Sustainability

Trafficking and overexploitation threaten biodiversity, livelihoods. and global security, with severe consequences that range from the collapse of wildlife populations to widespread corruption. As part of collaborative U.S. Government efforts, USAID works on many fronts to combat wildlife, fisheries and forestry crime while promoting legal, long-term solutions.

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Conservation Effectiveness

To achieve tangible results, biodiversity programming relies on sound science. Understanding current conditions and changing trends in biodiversity is a foundation for designing conservation strategies and for measuring effectiveness. USAID works with experts across academia, the private sector, and other U.S. Government agencies to evaluate and strengthen development impacts.

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