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Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information and Institutional Strengthening

by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information and Institutional Strengthening by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
File Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon Featured June 18, 2011 by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jul 30, 2014 07:49 PM
This Annual Outlook for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 (October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011) presents the overall workplan of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regional project for the Amazon, the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA).This Outlook is organized around ICAA’s Performance Management Plan and its three Intermediate Results: Capacity building, Policy implementation, and Leveraging new resources for conservation ICAA, is a five-year program (FY07-11), includes US $35 million in support from USAID and US $10 million in cost-sharing support from implementing partners. Through ICAA, USAID funds 20 partner organizations organized under four field consortia and a Support Unit. Work is underway in the four countries of the Andean Amazon: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In addition, ICAA consortia coordinate closely with USAID’s bilateral mission programs in the region, as well as with national governments, universities and other Amazonian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and networks.
Brazil-01 by Jean Brennan — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:01 AM
File Assessment of Conditions for Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems Conservation and Management in Peru by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:48 PM
By Douglas Pool, Team Leader Douglas Southgate, Environmental Economist Lily Rodriguez, Biologist Alfredo Garcia, Anthropologist Eliana Villar, Gender Specialist July 1998 Task Order No. 819 Contract No. PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 Report For USAID/Peru Region: Latin America and the Caribbean Task order: Peru: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Conservation Assessment. Technical area: Biodiversity Conservation; Transboundary Resource Management Public-Private Partnerships; Policy Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation & Strategic Planning; Land Use Management and Eco-Zoning; Global Climate Change; Forestry; Environmental Institutional Strengthening - NGOs/PVOs; Environmental Institutional Strengthening - Government; Environmental and Economic Growth Linkages; Dissemination of Policy Knowledge/Environmental Communication
File Assessment of Conditions for Biodiversity and Fragile Ecosystems Conservation and Management in Peru by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:49 AM
The threats to reduced biological diversity are grouped in two categories: policy threats and site specific threats to diverse biologically-rich ecosystems. Divided environmental authority, misconception of the value of conserving biodiversity and forests, inadequate legal norms, lack of participation of the local population in the management of protected areas, unsustainable land and resource use, uncontrolled mining and hydrocarbon exploration in protected areas, uncontrolled tourism expansion, and deforestation all contribute to loss of biological diversity. The most appropriate response to these threats is one that addresses improvements in the management of biological diversity and forests, combined with efforts to generate economic alternatives for local communities living in and around threatened ecosystems. July 1998 Task Order No. 819 Contract No. PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 LAC - 118/119 Report - Peru
File Green Highway Consortium Annual Report, 2004 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During this first year of funding, the Green Highways Consortium consolidated and strengthened historical collaborations among member institutions, initiated new collaborations, and faced controversial issues (agribusiness expansion in Amazon , for example). The general strategy adopted by Consortium includes (1) the strengthening of different society groups (social movements; farmers, state and federal government) by providing qualified and scientific information on land use dynamic in Amazon, as a way, (2) helping the local society to find a new approach for “frontier governance” being able to control the social and environmental negative impacts coming from the currently land use activities. Also, the Consortium has to work (3) to promote the expansion of Annual Technical Report (2004): Green Highways Consortium 4 market incentives for good land practices and compliance with ambitious environmental legislation. All the three action lines above are inserted in a national and local political context, which is propitious to debate due to the phenomenal advance made by local society in terms of proposition of regional planning for economic corridors represented by the highways that will be paved (BR-163, for example). In this sense, the most important accomplishment was the remarkable progress made in consolidating a regional planning process for the BR-163 highway—a process that has now been recognized by the Brazilian Government. The BR-163 process provides a participatory, scientifically-grounded framework for advancing large-scale conservation and sustainable development along a 1,700 km corridor rife with land conflicts, land speculation, and the degradation of natural resources. A working group, recognized by the government, was organized by institutions which represent the civil society for setting up a monitoring to check the proposals aiming the territory arrangement through the BR-163 Highway. This participatory monitoring has been reached through activities such as training for smallholders (in fire and fauna management, viability of productive activities, etc), or even for timber companies’ staff as an alternative to reduce costs. All these processes included the production of materials, workshops and events to promote the environmental consciousness among the society groups involved in it. At the same time, the projects developed during the period reported here are improving the communities’ level of organization and their life quality, since it contributes to different economical alternatives with environmental reduced impact. Communities are getting able to sell and certificate their products, while the Consortium is surveying the possibility of compensating environmental services through carbon sequestration. The perspective of analyses and studies on the role of agro-industry companies in Amazon and the necessity to establish a direct dialogue with this sector generated a debate within the Consortium that has yet to be resolved. Are the goals of the Green Highways Consortium best served through partnerships with the very powerful industries that are converting forests to fields at historically high rates? Should the Consortium focus on strengthening the proponents of the socio-environmental movement? Or both? Given the gathering economic force of agro-industry expansion in the Amazon, the answers to these questions are extremely important. The Amazon environmental movement is poorly equipped to address the explosive expansion of cattle ranching and soybean production. But the work of the consortium in the first year has been an important catalyst to a qualitative leap in the discussion of these centrally important issues by the key institutional actors represented in the consortium. At the moment, all consortium members have a much clearer idea of the likely impact of agroindustrial expansion, and are working much more actively on an adequate response - at all levels, from the field to public policy – even though there isn’t a consensus regarding how to deal with it.
Brazil-03 by Jean Brennan — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:01 AM
The Brazilian Amazon is a region of continental dimensions, with a surface area equivalent to more than thirty European countries. Outside of South America, humid tropical forests are to be found in Africa and Asia. The planet’s stock of tropical forests has been reduced to 60 percent of the 14 million square kilometers of primitive coverage, and now occupies only approximately 6 percent of the emersed lands of the planet. Brazil has about 40 percent of that forest land
File Green Highways Consortium USAID Semi-Annual Report 2005 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During the last semester, the Green Highways Consortium aimed to attract new partnerships and collaborations, while strengthening the initiatives among its members, the interaction with social groups, organizations and movements involved in the project’s development and the participation in the government decisions. The participation of Consortium members in national and international debates has been very significant to widely inform about the Consortium experiences and information - based on its research and projects results and local initiatives -aiming to encourage the adoption of public policies at national and international levels towards sustainable development and tropical forest conservation in developing countries. For example, IPAM´s participation as an invited member of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, as well as its participation in international and national conferences, has presented its new proposal regarding to compensate reduction of tropical deforestation as a mechanism to address the carbon emissions from tropical deforestation (Brazil is the most important emitter of C from deforestation). Also, IPAM, TNC, ISA and FVPP are promoting the study of feasibility of carbon sequestration by agroforestry projects in the Transamazônica Highway and in the Xingu River Basin, attending the opportunities opened by MDL mechanism to promote small scale carbon sequestration projects. Furthermore, Consortium representatives from IPAM have presented its Biodiversity Scenarios Model to the Ministry of Environment, which might apply it to an 8-million ha forest area along BR163 under federal intervention. Such model can show which priority areas are to be protected by environmental laws and which species would be threatened with the loss of the forest cover in some specific regions. As important as the actions described above are the local and regional initiatives that have demonstrated many possible ways to promote social and environmental sustainable development. IFT and FVPP, for example, has worked together disseminating forest management techniques and practices for logging industry staff, among other stakeholders. Giving tools for the logging industry to change its behavior and collaborating in public policies discussions regarding this economic sector, IFT and FVPP aim to comply with the one of the Consortium first goals regarding the increase of areas supported by sustainable management plan. ISA has focused its activities on the increase of landscapes with regional participatory plan for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Xingu headwaters. Also, it has strengthened grassroots organizations and enabled in the elaboration of projects by themselves as a mean to reach these goals. In this sense, ISA, FVPP, IPAM, Social Movements, GTA and rural and indigenous representatives have promoted events to discuss the BR 163 Sustainable Plan and other issues, increasing the possibility of local communities’ socio-economic and environmental rights being contemplated by public policies to be adopted by the government. In addition, the Consortium activities developed by the leadership of Proteger/GTA are essential in dealing with the involvement of local people and organizations. Proteger/GTA has a significant participation in the Consortium through the dissemination of information; discussions and awareness among small producers from Amazonian rural communities, and by doing so allow their effective participation in public policy debates, in devising and executing projects which deal with life improvement issues, while promoting the environmental conservation. The Consortium has a strong point which is the dialogue continually established with governmental and non-governmental institutions, aiming to spread out and strengthen its projects and activities. Cooperation agreements and dialogues were established in the last semester with Embrapa, Federação das Organizações e Comunidades Tradicionais from Tapajós FLONA (National Forest), the Technical Forest Chamber (IBAMA, RIMISP, IDRC, CE, IMAFLORA, CIRAD, SEBRAE), as well with representatives of other Latin American countries (MAP region).
File ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY DIALOGUE: LESSONS LEARNED by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:11 PM
This report is the first in a series on Environmental Policy and Institutional Strengthening Lessons Learned. It should be considered a living document and will be revised and updated periodically. Task Order No. 01 USAID Contract No. P.E.-I-00-96-00002-00 By The EPIQ Technical Advisory Group Draft Version: February 28, 19981 Region: Centrally Funded Activities Task order: G/ENV Senior Policy Advisor and Technical Advisory Group Advisor  tech area: Dissemination of Policy Knowledge/Environmental Communication
2011/10 Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management Workshop (Madison, WI, USA) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:02 AM
October 21-22, 2011. Workshop hosted in Madison, WI by the University of Wisconsin's Land Tenure Center, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and Department of Geography, with funding through USAID's "TransLinks" project with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
File Forest governance and climate-change mitigation: A policy brief by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:07 AM
Between August 2006 and July 2008, the FAO and the ITTO jointly funded and convened five workshops - in Southeast Asia, 04.03.2010. West Africa, Central Africa, the Amazon Basin and Mesoamerica - to promote a multi-sectoral dialogue between countries on improving forest law compliance. The present policy brief summarizes the main findings of those workshops and highlights the lessons learned from experiences on the ground related to forest law compliance and governance elements necessary to optimize the role of forests in mitigating climate change. 2,04 M | 2,096.1 kB
File Peru Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Desktop Study by Kelly Gibbons — last modified Apr 07, 2013 07:52 PM
This report is intended to inform the in-country assessment process for possible future USAID/Peru-funded adaptation activities addressing climate change challenges. The report may also serve as a model for other USAID Missions that are beginning similar processes, by demonstrating what kinds of knowledge sources to review and what level of detail is appropriate and useful for project planning and design. It may also help Missions to understand the kinds of methodologies and approaches to use to set priorities and to focus on particular sectors or gaps to enhance their ability to integrate climate considerations and respond to the challenges posed by climate variability and change.
File Land Tenure Carbon MGMT Agenda by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:50 AM
Land Tenure Carbon MGMT Agenda
File Review of USAID Natural Forest Mgmt experience in Latin America by Jean Brennan — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:53 AM
Review of USAID's Natural Forest Management Programs in LAC. Prepared by IRG in 2002.
File Review of USAID’s Natural Forest Management Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:47 PM
Task Order No. 64 Contract No. PCE-I-0096-00002-00 Prepared for USAID/LAC/RSD/E Principal Contributors Douglas J. Pool Thomas M. Catterson Vicente A. Molinos Alan C. Randall March 2002 Region: Latin America and the Caribbean Task order: LAC Natural Forest Management Assessment Technical area: Biodiversity Conservation
File Pirarucu Conservation Overview -Leandro Castello x2 by Jean Brennan — last modified Jan 10, 2013 09:07 AM
File Greater Yasuní-Napo Moist Forest Landscape Conservation Area (Ecuador) by Anna Woltman — last modified Jan 31, 2013 09:46 PM
The Global Conservati on Program Achievements and Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Support for Threats-based Conservation at a Landscape and Seascape Scale
File Results for USAID/USFS IAA, 1st quarter. 2003 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:29 AM
This report presents the results from activities implemented by the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) International Programs for fiscal year 2003.
File Integrating Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes in USAID Programming by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Feb 07, 2020 01:20 PM
Integration of biodiversity and sustainable landscapes (SL) objectives and considerations has the potential to increase the sustainability of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programming, amplify results, and save costs. Integrating biodiversity and SL offers an opportunity to jointly address threats and drivers of biodiversity, forest loss, and land degradation. Integration can also advance sustainable, resilient, and inclusive programming. At other times, separate activities may make more sense in contexts where programmatic goals and requirements are not a natural fit. This document explores both the benefits and potential challenges of integration to help USAID staff make informed choices about whether and how to integrate these two distinct funding streams.
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