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Ecosystem health strongly influences human health, but the species, processes and pathways by which biodiversity and health intersect are often not well understood or appreciated. USAID's Biodiversity and Health Integration Working Group aims to investigate and communicate the contribution of biodiverse ecosystems and conservation actions to public health outcomes, the value of health interventions to conservation outcomes, and the evidence that integrated biodiversity and health programs generate benefits only possible with integrated programs.

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Families rest in the shade while Northern Rangelands Trust community rangers pass by on patrol in Kenya. Photo by Juan Pablo Moreiras, Fauna & Flora International

We support collaboration across bureaus and missions to increase the amount and quality of biodiversity and health integrated programming, at USAID and elsewhere. Current areas of engagement include:

(1)  Better understanding of zoonotic disease emergence, and using data from wild food markets to inform conservation and public health measures

(2)   Documenting the evidence that population, health and environment (PHE) programs conserve biodiversity, and under what conditions

(3)   Assessing the extent to which USAID-distributed mosquito-resistant nets are instead used as fishing nets, and when needed, co-developing solutions to this biodiversity threat


Resources

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…

USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.1: Health and Demographic Change
Oct 23, 2015 · File

USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.1: Health and Demographic Change

Chapter 4.1 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the intersection of biodiversity conservation and health and demographic change. An integrated approach…

Understanding Biodiversity – Development Integration Efforts and Opportunities
Aug 22, 2017 · File

Understanding Biodiversity – Development Integration Efforts and Opportunities

This report presents the results of a broad review to understand how other agencies and organizations have defined and integrated biodiversity with other sectors.…

 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…

Biodiversity and Development Handbook
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