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Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced Project (BRIDGE)

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Biodiversity conservation is an essential component of human development and closely linked to ending extreme poverty, increasing food security, improving public health, managing the impacts of climate change and building resilience to recurrent crises.

By promoting development that benefits both nature and people, biodiversity conservation activities can strengthen development impact and the capacity of countries to manage their natural resources, improving their self-reliance.

BRIDGE is a five-year project (2015-2020) managed by USAID’s E3 Forestry and Biodiversity Office. The project advances the second goal of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy, to “integrate biodiversity as an essential component of human development.” BRIDGE collaborates with USAID missions and regional and technical bureaus to identify and promote integrated programming approaches and contribute to the evidence base for integration.

 

 

Cross-Sector Linkages

The USAID BRIDGE project builds on lessons learned from decades of USAID initiatives to promote and support the integration of biodiversity conservation with other development sectors. To increase cross-sector understanding of USAID’s mandates, strategies, programming approaches and tools, indicators and terminology, BRIDGE created five sector reference sheets.

Learn more about the sectors below and opportunities for biodiversity integration.

 

Tools and Approaches

The USAID BRIDGE project develops tools and approaches to support biodiversity integration throughout the program cycle. Explore BRIDGE's integration tools and approaches, as well as the highlighted resources below.

 

Evidence

BRIDGE builds the evidence base for biodiversity integration by synthesizing existing information and generating new evidence for a range of thematic issues. The project also captures mission and field experience through a series of case studies that illustrate how USAID operationalizes and institutionalizes biodiversity integration. Explore BRIDGE’s evidence of biodiversity integration benefits in development programming, as well as the highlighted documents below.

SustainableLandscapes

Integrating Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes in USAID Programming (Coming Soon)

Connect with BRIDGE

Olaf Zerbock, USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative/E3 Office of Forestry and Biodiversity Ozerbock (at) usaid (dot) gov

Robin Martino, BRIDGE Chief of Party Robin_Martino (at) dai (dot) com

 


BRIDGE Resources

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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