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USAID and U.S. Government Policy

by Gateway Web Editor last modified Feb 18, 2020 04:02 PM
River guides in Nepal
Guides benefit from taking tourists on nature tours in canoes on the Bhude Rapti River. Credit: Jason Houston for USAID

USAID is committed to a future in which both people and biodiversity thrive through improvements in economic prosperity, social equity and environmental stewardship. The Agency’s Biodiversity Policy builds on a long history of conserving biodiversity and reflects the critical role of natural systems in achieving development goals.

Established in 2014, the Biodiversity Policy has helped to create more strategic, focused, and results-oriented programming that applies scientific and evidence-based approaches. The Policy represents the Agency's commitment to conserve biodiversity by:

  • Conserving globally important biodiversity in priority places
  • Learning from and working with other sectors to achieve better conservation and development outcomes

Key Resources

Research and Building the Evidence Base

USAID is committed to evidence-based programming to improve outcomes and contribute to the global knowledge base. While the Agency is not a research institution and can only support limited research directly, it can influence, leverage and, above all, use relevant research. Given the importance of USAID as a conservation donor, a research agenda that identifies key questions for the Agency is an asset to scientists and research institutions that want to carry out policy-relevant research. The Biodiversity and Development Research Agenda seeks to build the evidence base for the links between biodiversity conservation and development outcomes and to improve project effectiveness.

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