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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

Health Reference Sheet
Jul 19, 2019 · File

Health Reference Sheet

Intact, biologically diverse ecosystems play important roles in promoting health and fighting disease by providing goods and services including wild foods, natural medicines, and…

Water and Sanitation Reference Sheet
Jul 19, 2019 · File

Water and Sanitation Reference Sheet

Natural ecosystems capture, store and purify water, allowing biodiversity programming to complement and protect water and sanitation investments. Similarly, by improving waste water treatment…

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Reference Sheet
Jul 19, 2019 · File

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Reference Sheet

Democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) challenges—such as weak institutions, insecure access to natural resources and lack of participation in decision-making—are key drivers of…

Biodiversity Reference Sheet
Jul 19, 2019 · File

Biodiversity Reference Sheet

Ecosystems provide goods and services critical to human development and well-being such as food, fiber, clean water, fertile soil and pollination. Opportunities for integrating…

Food Security Reference Sheet
Jul 19, 2019 · File

Food Security Reference Sheet

Ecosystems provide goods and services that support food production—including provision of wild foods and water, pest control and pollination—and biodiversity programming can have significant…

Discussion Note: Thinking and Working Politically and Strengthening Political Economy Analysis in USAID Biodiversity Programming
Jul 11, 2019 · File

Discussion Note: Thinking and Working Politically and Strengthening Political Economy Analysis in USAID Biodiversity Programming

This guidance note provides biodiversity sector specialists with an understanding of thinking and working politically and how political economy analysis can sharpen the tools…

USAID Ecosystem-based Adaptation Series Synthesis
Apr 29, 2019 · File

USAID Ecosystem-based Adaptation Series Synthesis

This synthesis document draws on a series of evidence summaries and case studies generated by USAID that highlight the potential role of ecosystem-based adaptation…

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance and Biodiversity Conservation Linkages
Feb 08, 2019 · File

Democracy, Human Rights and Governance and Biodiversity Conservation Linkages

This document provides examples of how and where USAID has advanced democracy, rights, and governance (DRG) objectives—such as participation, inclusion, transparency, and accountability. USAID's…

Biodiversity Integration in Practice: A Case Study of USAID in Mozambique
Oct 03, 2018 · File

Biodiversity Integration in Practice: A Case Study of USAID in Mozambique

This case study illustrates the approach and process used by USAID’s Mozambique mission to integrate its biodiversity, education, food security and nutrition, and health…

Integrating Ecosystem Values into Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recommendations for USAID and Practitioners
Aug 27, 2018 · File

Integrating Ecosystem Values into Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recommendations for USAID and Practitioners

This document provides recommendations for the incorporation of ecosystem service valuations into Agency cost-benefit analysis (CBA) across sectors, both for USAID staff that produce…

Biodiversity Integration in Practice: A Case Study of USAID in Western Honduras
Aug 01, 2018 · File

Biodiversity Integration in Practice: A Case Study of USAID in Western Honduras

This case study illustrates the approach and process used by USAID's Honduras mission to integrate its biodiversity, education, food security and nutrition, and governance…

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 fact sheet describes the role of wild-caught fisheries in food security, resilience and nutrition and presents…

 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…

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

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…

 
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