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Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced Project (BRIDGE)

USAID Natural Resource Management and Development Portal

Biodiversity conservation is fundamental to human well-being, as natural ecosystems provide the goods and services that underpin sustainable development worldwide. USAID’s BRIDGE project builds on lessons learned and impacts generated by many years of USAID initiatives to promote and support efforts to integrate biodiversity conservation with other key development sectors: Food Security, Global Health, Economic Growth, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance and Climate Change.

The BRIDGE project was launched in 2015 and is implemented by DAI and three subcontractors: Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International, Relief International and Training Resources Group.

BRIDGE works closely with USAID’s Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB) Office in support of Goal 2 of the USAID Biodiversity Policy. The Biodiversity Policy along with the Biodiversity Handbook, which is the key resource for implementing the policy, recognizes that integration of biodiversity conservation with other development sectors occurs via three pathways:

  • Biodiversity provides ecosystem goods and services that support sustainable development.
  • Conservation actions can deliver mutual benefits to multiple sectors such as improving governance and women’s empowerment.
  • Tradeoffs between development and biodiversity conservation goals can be identified and minimized to support more sustainable development.

BRIDGE is engaged in

  • Learning from and building upon biodiversity integration opportunities throughout USAID programming;
  • Improving the evidence base on the linkages between biodiversity conservation and other development outcomes; and
  • Identifying and engaging constituencies to raise awareness, knowledge and spur engagement to advance biodiversity integration across development sectors.

Current activities support the following

1. Integration Tools and Approaches

  • Political Economy Analysis (PEA): Through analysis of the PEA approach, BRIDGE will support biodiversity technical specialists and other USAID staff to use PEA to better understand and respond to a project’s political, economic and socio-cultural context.
  • Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA): BRIDGE is conducting a review of standard ecosystem valuation approaches and methods with the goal of integrating biodiversity and broader ecosystem service values into USAID’s CBA methodology, thereby improving Agency decision support systems through better trade-off analysis.
  • Integration Reference Sheets: BRIDGE is creating a series of reference sheets that will serve as a resource for USAID staff engaged in biodiversity programming to improve their understanding of sector mandates, strategies, programming approaches and tools, indicators and terminology.

2. Integration Programming

  • Foreign Assistance Act 118/119 Tropical Forest and Biodiversity Analysis: BRIDGE developed a best practices guide to support USAID staff in implementation of the analysis and integration of biodiversity conservation approaches and actions into country strategic planning.
  • Case Studies: BRIDGE is conducting analyses of USAID projects to examine the institutional factors and processes that can hinder or enable biodiversity integration.
  • Integration Working Groups: BRIDGE collaborates with USAID staff by participating in working groups that support integration of biodiversity conservation with the following sectors: climate change, food security, global health, economic growth and democracy, human rights and governance.

3. Sector Themes: Evidence and Approaches

  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA): BRIDGE is developing a suite of evidence summaries and case studies that highlight the role of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in addressing climate vulnerability.
  • Wild Fisheries Research: BRIDGE, along with specialists from the Smithsonian Institution, conducted an analysis of the evidence base for investing in wild fisheries management as an important biodiversity conservation, food security and nutrition strategy in Africa. BRIDGE has developed a report The Role of Wild-Caught Fisheries in African Development and infographic Facts About Wild-Caught Fisheries & African Development summarizing the findings from this analysis.
  • Watershed Conservation: BRIDGE is collaborating with the Gund Institute for the Environment to explore linkages between watershed conditions and human health outcomes to generate evidence that could strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming and biodiversity conservation.

BRIDGE News and Events

Food Security and Health Depend on Intact and Biodiverse Ecosystems
Nature is a Treasure Trove for Human Well-being
Biodiversity Conservation and Food Security Inextricably Linked
The Case for Integrated Development


BRIDGE Project Resources

Facts about Wild-Caught Fisheries & African Development
Jun 18, 2018 · File

Facts about Wild-Caught Fisheries & African Development

The Facts about Wild-Caught Fisheries and African Development describes the role of wild-caught fisheries in food security, resilience and nutrition and presents opportunities and…

 The Role of Wild-Caught Fisheries in African Development
Jun 08, 2018 · File

The Role of Wild-Caught Fisheries in African Development

This report on the role of wild-caught fisheries in African development focuses on small-scale fisheries in East and West Africa. The report describes the…

Case Study: Maintaining Water Security in Peru Through Green Infrastructure
May 30, 2018 · File

Case Study: Maintaining Water Security in Peru Through Green Infrastructure

This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the USAID/Peru mission’s three sub-national projects. These focused on building local community and government capacity for improved…

Case Study: Improving Ecosystem Management to Strengthen Resilience to Extreme Weather in the Philippines
May 24, 2018 · File

Case Study: Improving Ecosystem Management to Strengthen Resilience to Extreme Weather in the Philippines

This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the USAID/Philippines mission’s Emerging Champions for Biodiversity Conservation and Improved Ecosystems Services (ECBCIES) project, which focused on…

Case Study: Conserving Ecosystems to Support Climate Resilience in Bangladesh
Mar 28, 2018 · File

Case Study: Conserving Ecosystems to Support Climate Resilience in Bangladesh

This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the USAID/Bangladesh mission’s Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project, which focused on conserving biodiversity and strengthening ecosystems…

Case Study: Restoring Coral Reefs in the Face of Climate Change in the Seychelles
Oct 19, 2017 · File

Case Study: Restoring Coral Reefs in the Face of Climate Change in the Seychelles

This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the USAID/Southern Africa Regional Mission’s Reef Rescuers project, which is restoring damaged coral reefs to increase their…

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Water Security
Aug 30, 2017 · File

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Water Security

This evidence summary highlights ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches that can help people and communities address water insecurity by increasing water quantity, enhancing water quality…

Wild-Caught Fish Are Feeding the World
Aug 03, 2017 · File

Wild-Caught Fish Are Feeding the World

This recent summary of the fisheries sector in Africa highlights four key takeaways in support of protecting wild-caught African fisheries. In Africa, millions rely…

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Food Security
Aug 02, 2017 · File

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Food Security

This evidence summary highlights specific ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches that can address food security by strengthening and maintaining natural systems and the goods and…

Evidence Summary: The Economics of Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Aug 01, 2017 · File

Evidence Summary: The Economics of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

This evidence summary highlights the economics of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches, which can offer cost savings compared with other approaches, as well as additional…

Case Study: Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia
Jun 09, 2017 · File

Case Study: Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia

This ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) case study highlights the key EbA activities under the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approach to Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments…

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Extreme Events
Jun 09, 2017 · File

Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Extreme Events

This evidence summary highlights specific ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches that can help communities adapt to extreme weather and other climate events such as floods,…

Food Security & Biodiversity
Jan 03, 2017 · File

Food Security & Biodiversity

Almost 800 million people suffer from hunger or malnutrition worldwide. Biodiverse ecosystems produce goods and services that are fundamental to food security including wild…

The Importance of Biodiversity and Natural Systems to Food Security in Tanzania
Jan 03, 2017 · File

The Importance of Biodiversity and Natural Systems to Food Security in Tanzania

Many Tanzanians face chronic food insecurity and undernutrition despite steady national economic growth. The most recent Demographic and Health Survey found that 38 percent…

Biodiversity Conservation Advances Global Health Priorities
Jul 25, 2016 · File

Biodiversity Conservation Advances Global Health Priorities

A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity and healthy ecosystems provide goods and services (e.g. wild foods, pollination, climate regulation) that significantly contribute…

 
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