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A Global Assessment of Community Based Natural Resource Management: Addressing the Critical Challenges of the Rural Sector
Jun 03, 2013 · File

A Global Assessment of Community Based Natural Resource Management: Addressing the Critical Challenges of the Rural Sector

CBNRM: AN ASSESSMENT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE. Rural development issues are critical not only for the rural areas themselves but also for addressing pressing global concerns of food security (FS), climate change, biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, provision of environmental…

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual
Aug 03, 2014 · File

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual

The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of…

USAID Unveils Field Guide to Combat Pangolin Trafficking
Feb 17, 2018 · News Item

USAID Unveils Field Guide to Combat Pangolin Trafficking

by Christin VanZant — Feb 17, 2018 05:32 AM

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is marking World Pangolin Day on February 17 by unveiling a new guide to help law enforcement officers identify species and origins of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, in a bid…

Sustainable Tourism Online Learning Featured September 27, 2011
Sep 27, 2011 · News Item

Sustainable Tourism Online Learning Featured September 27, 2011

by Michael Colby — Jul 30, 2014 07:41 PM

USAID NRM Office launches a set of nine online courses developed to help stakeholders better understand how tourism can be developed sustainably. The courses are the result of compiling the lessons and best practices from the USAID Global Sustainable Tourism…

Oct 28, 2010 · Folder

Featured Stories Folder Cover Graphics and Story Links

Folder containing items that were featured in the Featured Stories section of the RM Portal including Date Featured, Cover Art and the Link to the featured story.

Climate Change, Property Rights, & Resource Governance: Emerging Implications for USG Policies and Programming
May 10, 2010 · File

Climate Change, Property Rights, & Resource Governance: Emerging Implications for USG Policies and Programming

USAID Property Rights and Resource Governance Briefing Paper #2, January 2010. The Second Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007) and other scientific bodies present the case that climate change profoundly shapes ecological, social, and economic…

State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out (Full Document)
Jan 20, 2010 · File

State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out (Full Document)

To promote Forestry transparency and trustworthiness, Ecosystem Marketplace spent the past year speaking with more than 100 market participants – 65 of whom develop forest protection and restoration projects, primarily in rainforest nations, and 37 of whom act as intermediaries.…

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual
Aug 08, 2014 · News Item

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual

by Portal Web Editor — Apr 14, 2015 05:41 PM

The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of…

2010 Katoomba Meeting XVII Taking the Lead: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia Featured June 21, 2010
Apr 22, 2010 · News Item

2010 Katoomba Meeting XVII Taking the Lead: Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia Featured June 21, 2010

by Portal Web Editor — Jul 30, 2014 08:58 PM

Join us to hear about carbon markets, both regulated and voluntary, including the emergence of opportunities for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), and Payments for Watershed Services (PWS) as they relate to buyers, contracts and payment distributions. We…

Landscape-Scale Conservation in the Congo Basin : Lessons Learned from the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)
Oct 26, 2010 · News Item

Landscape-Scale Conservation in the Congo Basin : Lessons Learned from the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)

by portaladmin — Jul 30, 2014 05:39 PM

This publication is the second volume of CARPE Lessons Learned. The first volume was based on early experiences and constituted a preliminary assessment of the state of the environment in the region. Now, after more than ten years of CARPE…

Management Expenses of Environmental Funds Featured November 17, 2010
Oct 27, 2010 · File

Management Expenses of Environmental Funds Featured November 17, 2010

Through two Congressionally-authorized innovative debt relief programs, the 1991 Enterprises for the Americas Initiative (EAI) and the 1998 Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), USAID and the Departments of State and Treasury have jointly overseen the creation and operation of dedicated…

Melting Glaciers: Current Status and Future Concerns
Sep 23, 2010 · File

Melting Glaciers: Current Status and Future Concerns

USAID Asia Glacier Melt Project: expert summary of science regarding glacier melt/retreat in the Himalaya, Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamir, and Tien Shan mountain ranges. This summary will provide the scientific basis for related studies that will evaluate the impacts of…

Nested Approaches to REDD+ An Overview of Issues and Options Featured May 4, 2011
May 03, 2011 · News Item

Nested Approaches to REDD+ An Overview of Issues and Options Featured May 4, 2011

by Portal Web Editor — Jul 30, 2014 07:50 PM

Interest in “nested” approaches to REDD+ has grown steadily as policy makers, practitioners and investors seek to reconcile approaches to reducing, and rewarding, emissions reductions at different scales – national, subnational and project. The 16th session of the Conference of…

Paradise Lost?: Lessons from 25 years of USAID Environment Programs in Madagascar (Final Report)
Jun 24, 2010 · File

Paradise Lost?: Lessons from 25 years of USAID Environment Programs in Madagascar (Final Report)

(Final Report) The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was one of the major supporters of environmental conservation programs in Madagascar for a quarter-century. Recent political changes put this investment at risk. What can policymakers and field practitioners learn from…

Safeguarding the World’s Water: 2008 Report on USAID Water Sector Activities
Mar 29, 2010 · File

Safeguarding the World’s Water: 2008 Report on USAID Water Sector Activities

This report summarizes USAID’s fiscal year 2008 investments and programs in safe drinking water and sanitation supply projects and related water management activities around the world through March/April 2009. The report describes all of USAID’s water management programs that help…

Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects Featured December 2, 2011
Dec 02, 2011 · News Item

Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects Featured December 2, 2011

by Portal Web Editor — Jul 30, 2014 07:38 PM

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, used to assess multiple benefits of the majority of forest carbon projects, provide robust standards; however, until now there has been limited guidance on how to undertake credible and cost-effective impact assessment. Forest…

The Development of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Featured September 22, 2010
Jul 30, 2014 · News Item

The Development of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Featured September 22, 2010

by Portal Web Editor — Aug 06, 2014 02:38 PM

Editor’s Note: Arguably one of the most successful land regeneration projects in the world, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneraton (FMNR), beginning in Niger during the 1980s, has revegetated three million hectares of arid land in that country alone – bringing back…

The Threshold of Sustainability for Tourism in Protected Areas: a Quick Guide for Protected Area Managers in English, French, and Spanish
Jan 29, 2012 · News Item

The Threshold of Sustainability for Tourism in Protected Areas: a Quick Guide for Protected Area Managers in English, French, and Spanish

by Portal Web Editor — Jan 10, 2013 07:31 AM

This Quick Guide, now available in English, French, and Spanish in the style of the series under the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity, introduces a tourism management framework called the “threshold of sustainability.”…

SCALE Case Study Kenya Transforming the Kenyan Dairy Feeds System to Improve Farmer Productivity and Livelihoods Featured August 18, 2010
Jul 30, 2014 · File

SCALE Case Study Kenya Transforming the Kenyan Dairy Feeds System to Improve Farmer Productivity and Livelihoods Featured August 18, 2010

SCALE® Case Study Kenya SUMMARYAgricultural Partnerships for Productivity and Prosperity Project (AP3) demonstration of the application of SCALE (System-wide Collaborative Action for Livelihoods and the Environment) to “Enriched-feeds for Improving the Productivity and Incomes of Small-holder Dairy Farmers.” DURATION: One…

Turning Point presentation by Andy White summarizing the Rights and Resources Initiative’s 2011-2012 Annual Report pdf
Mar 23, 2012 · File

Turning Point presentation by Andy White summarizing the Rights and Resources Initiative’s 2011-2012 Annual Report pdf

Summarizing (1) RRI's 2011-2012 review of the impacts of a newly emerging world order on the future of forest peoples and resources, and (2) a series of reports on the Fate of Customary Tenure in Africa. "Worldwide, the use and…

Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resource Management in Southern Sudan Featured March 8, 2011
Mar 08, 2011 · File

Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resource Management in Southern Sudan Featured March 8, 2011

Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resource Management in Southern Sudan. Featured Mar 08, 2011 in News: USAID RM Portal Featured Stories.

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual
Aug 03, 2014 · File

Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual

The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of…

TransLinks: Case Study: Payments for Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Weak Institutions Featured November 22, 2011
Sep 22, 2010 · File

TransLinks: Case Study: Payments for Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Weak Institutions Featured November 22, 2011

Implementing any conservation intervention, including Payments for Environmental Services (PES), in the context of weak institutions is challenging. The majority of PES programs have been implemented in situations where the institutional framework and property rights are strong and target the…

GreenCOM Global Leadership and Technical Field Support in Environmental Education and Communication Featured March 23, 2011
Nov 09, 2010 · Folder

GreenCOM Global Leadership and Technical Field Support in Environmental Education and Communication Featured March 23, 2011

GreenCOM I and GreenCOM II (1993 – 2006), provided global leadership and technical field support in Environmental Education and Communication (EE&C). GreenCOM developed new information technologies to more effectively communicate and disseminate environmental information and messages, shape public opinion, and…

Identifying and Using Evidence in Biodiversity Programming PDF
Mar 04, 2016 · File

Identifying and Using Evidence in Biodiversity Programming PDF

USAID’s strategic approach to policies and programmatic investments is informed by experience and cutting-edge evidence and analysis. As part of the USAID Forward reform effort, the project design process is based on evidence of what works and what is supported…

USAID Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda
Feb 25, 2015 · File

USAID Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda

To help build the evidence base for biodiversity conservation and integrated programming, the Agency sets this research agenda to define and prioritize the most critical research needed in the area of biodiversity conservation in support of USAID’s conservation and development…

Sustainable Fisheries and Responsible Aquaculture: A Guide for USAID Staff and Partners
Jun 26, 2013 · File

Sustainable Fisheries and Responsible Aquaculture: A Guide for USAID Staff and Partners

This guide provides basic information on how to design programs to reform capture fisheries (also referred to as “wild” fisheries) and aquaculture sectors to ensure sound and effective development, environmental sustainability, economic profitability, and social responsibility. To achieve these objectives,…

Research Questions and Methodologies for a Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda PDF
Mar 04, 2016 · File

Research Questions and Methodologies for a Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda PDF

Research tests key assumptions and development hypotheses to enhance the evidence base of USAID’s biodiversity and development programming. A research question is a refinement of a research problem or idea generated from field experience, a review of the literature, or…

Ecosystem Management and Livestock-A Greener Revolution: Improving Productivity and Increasing Food Security by Enhancing Ecosystem Services Featured July 13, 2011
Jul 13, 2011 · File

Ecosystem Management and Livestock-A Greener Revolution: Improving Productivity and Increasing Food Security by Enhancing Ecosystem Services Featured July 13, 2011

The second of three presentations in a seminar on "A Greener Revolution: Improving Productivity and Increasing Food Security BY Enhancing Ecosystem Services." For decades, agricultural scientists and fisheries experts have been working with farming and fishing communities to minimize environmental…

Global Conservation Program-Closeout Reports, Achievements, and Lessons Learned Featured February 22, 2011
Jan 10, 2011 · Folder

Global Conservation Program-Closeout Reports, Achievements, and Lessons Learned Featured February 22, 2011

The Global Conservation Program (GCP) was a partnership between USAID and six leading nongovernmental organizations that aimed to conserve globally significant areas of biodiversity through site-based activities and policy programs around the world.

Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate
Jun 28, 2014 · File

Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate

This report puts forward recommendations for how the US government can better address climate change through its policies on global agricultural development. It argues for the United States to rally international resources and deploy its agricultural research enterprise—its universities, research…

Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG)
Dec 09, 2013 · File

Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG)

The Analysis and Investment for Low-Emission Growth (AILEG) Project helps governments, USAID missions, and other stakeholders integrate climate change data management, economics and investment into low emission development strategies (LEDS). LEDS accelerates sustainable economic growth and investments while reducing greenhouse…

Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook
Aug 04, 2013 · File

Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

The purpose of the sourcebook is to further elaborate the concept of CSA and demonstrate its potential, as well as limitations. It aims to help decision makers at a number of levels (including political administrators and natural resource managers) to…

Sustainable Pastoralism: Opportunities for Rural and International Development, Conservation, Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Conflict Mitigation
Mar 20, 2013 · File

Sustainable Pastoralism: Opportunities for Rural and International Development, Conservation, Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Conflict Mitigation

Pastoralism is the most extensive livelihood in marginal lands, comprising drylands, mountains and the world's cold areas. The relationship between healthy soils, biodiversity conservation and sustainable animal husbandry practices, invariably linked with adequate forms of governance on land use, has…

Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012
Dec 21, 2012 · File

Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012

This year, a record number of forest project developers and secondary market suppliers from around the world shared data about their projects and transactions. This third annual State of the Forest Carbon Markets tracks, reports, and analyzes trends in these…

Responsible Mining: The Key to Profitable Resource Development
Sep 10, 2012 · File

Responsible Mining: The Key to Profitable Resource Development

Better mining corporations want to adopt “Responsible Mining”. This paper outlines the essentials of responsible mining and offers a guide to corporations who want become responsible. Eight principles are discussed: (1) Social and environmental assessment, (2) Transparency, (3) Acceptance by…

Guidance and Best Practices For Redd+ Transactions
Jan 17, 2013 · File

Guidance and Best Practices For Redd+ Transactions

This paper is meant to serve as a readable guide for REDD+ projects seeking guidance and best practices for REDD+ transactions, with a focus on private sources of REDD+ project financing. While markets have successfully tied carbon finance to other…

Recognizing traditional tree tenure as part of conservation and REDD+ strategy
Mar 06, 2012 · File

Recognizing traditional tree tenure as part of conservation and REDD+ strategy

Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, REDD should focus on places where such emissions occur. Protected Areas (PAs) are, in theory, protected and hence, should have no emissions associated with land use/land cover change. In practice protection is incomplete. Can…

Sustaining Security Featured December 16, 2010
Nov 13, 2010 · File

Sustaining Security Featured December 16, 2010

In the 21st century, the security of nations will depend increasingly on the security of natural resources, or “natural security.” The global economy, developing countries and local economies throughout the world all rely on the availability of potable water, arable…

Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon Featured June 18, 2011
Jun 17, 2011 · File

Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon Featured June 18, 2011

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…

Shifting Cultivation, Gender, and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jan 15, 2016 · News Item

Shifting Cultivation, Gender, and REDD+ in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

by Portal Web Editor — Jan 15, 2016 02:23 AM

Shifting cultivation – also called swidden, slash-and-burn, or rotational cultivation – is the natural resource management system that underpins food production and livelihoods in the forest zones of Central African countries. It has been identified as a key driver of…

Proceedings: Modeling and Managing Watersheds Workshop
Jun 19, 2012 · File

Proceedings: Modeling and Managing Watersheds Workshop

The Wildlife Conservation Society and the United States Forest Service jointly hosted a workshop on ―Modeling and Managing Watersheds‖ that was held in Kigali, Rwanda on September 13-16, 2011 with support from the United States Agency for International Development and…

Does secure land tenure save forests? A review of the relationship between land tenure and tropical deforestation (CCAFS Working Paper No. 7)
Aug 02, 2012 · File

Does secure land tenure save forests? A review of the relationship between land tenure and tropical deforestation (CCAFS Working Paper No. 7)

Deforestation and degradation are tied to a complex array of socioeconomic and political factors. As noted in studies focusing on large-scale policy interventions such as REDD+ and payment for ecosystem services programs, among the most important of these factors is…

Conservation Certification and Product Branding-The Case of Wildlife Friendly Certification Featured November 7, 2010
May 18, 2010 · File

Conservation Certification and Product Branding-The Case of Wildlife Friendly Certification Featured November 7, 2010

Combined panel presentation in the USAID Biodiversity and Forestry Seminar Series, by members of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and partners of the USAID-WCS-led TransLinks Leader-with-Associates program.

Jul 30, 2014 · News Item

Global Conservation Program Homepage

by Portal Web Editor — Sep 22, 2018 02:01 AM

The Global Conservation Program (GCP) was a partnership between USAID and six leading nongovernmental organizations that aimed to conserve globally significant areas of biodiversity through site-based activities and policy programs around the world.

Methodologies for Estimating Informal Crossborder Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa: Kenya/Uganda Border; Tanzania and its Neighbors; Malawi and its Neighbors; Mozambique and its Neighbors
Jun 16, 2013 · File

Methodologies for Estimating Informal Crossborder Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa: Kenya/Uganda Border; Tanzania and its Neighbors; Malawi and its Neighbors; Mozambique and its Neighbors

SD Publication Series, Office of Sustainable Development, Bureau for Africa: Technical Paper No. 29, August 1996.

Ecosystem Marketplace-State of Watershed Payments
Aug 19, 2010 · File

Ecosystem Marketplace-State of Watershed Payments

A global research effort conducted by Ecosystem Marketplace identified a total of approximately 288 payments for watershed services (PWS) and water quality trading (WQT) programs in varying stages of activity over the past 30 years. In 2008, the baseline year,…

Lessons about Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+ Featured Jan 10, 2012
Jan 10, 2012 · File

Lessons about Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+ Featured Jan 10, 2012

This volume of case studies comprises one of two main publications resulting from the Oct. 21-22, 2011 Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management Workshop hosted by the University of Wisconsin/Madison’s Land Tenure Center (LTC), Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and…

The Threshold of Sustainability for Tourism within Protected Areas Featured February 6, 2012
Jan 28, 2012 · File

The Threshold of Sustainability for Tourism within Protected Areas Featured February 6, 2012

This Quick Guide, in the style of the series under the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity, introduces a tourism management framework called the “threshold of sustainability.” It is designed to enable managers to…

TransLinks: Promoting Transformations by linking Nature, Wealth and Power - Final Technical Report
Oct 01, 2013 · File

TransLinks: Promoting Transformations by linking Nature, Wealth and Power - Final Technical Report

The TransLinks program (2006-2012) - a major initiative of the United States Agency for International Development, Office of Land Tenure and Resource Management within the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment. Over the last 5.5-years, the Wildlife Conservation Society…

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