USAID’s Biodiversity Conservation and Forestry Programs, 2016 Report
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) submits this report pursuant to Section 118 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended, on Tropical Forests. This report also relays important information related to Section 119 of the FAA on Endangered Species.
Publication Date: 2016
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In fiscal year 2015, the Agency invested $250 million toward biodiversity conservation in about 50 countries, with approximately 57 percent of funds going to the 12 highest priority countries and regions identified in USAID’s Biodiversity Policy. About a quarter of FY 2015 funds were programmed to address wildlife crime in 25 countries, primarily to build capacity of law enforcement to deter, detect and disrupt poaching and wildlife trafficking, but also to reduce demand for wildlife products and foster international collaboration. USAID forestry programming, which advances multiple objectives but primarily climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation, totaled $140 million in about 40 countries, almost entirely focused on tropical forests.
A selection of notable results and three in-depth project profiles serve to illustrate major approaches used by USAID and its partners. Agency programs had a substantial impact and reach in FY 2015, improving natural resource management across 75 million hectares of biologically significant area. Our programs built the capacity of 100,000 people to better manage, conserve and/or live without overexploiting biodiversity, and helped at least 800,000 people receive a tangible economic benefit from conservation enterprises or sustainable use.
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