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This smart list searched for the text "payment for environmental services". Note: it does not necessarily capture entries using the short-hand (PES).
File Advancing Reforms to Promote Sustainable Management of Ghana's Small Pelagic Fisheries by BRIDGE — last modified Mar 30, 2020 02:59 PM
Ghana is facing a crisis of sustainability in its small pelagic fisheries that threatens the food security and livelihoods of a large segment of the population. While the technical solutions to the problems in these fisheries have been known for some time, the necessary actions have not been implemented. To understand this persistent gap between the presence of solutions on paper and the absence of action in practice, USAID implemented this applied political economy analysis (PEA). The goal of the PEA is to provide a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and social factors driving the behavior of key actors in the fisheries sector to inform future USAID programming decisions.
File Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Jan 30, 2020 11:51 AM
Rooted in discriminatory gender norms and laws and shrouded in impunity, gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in all societies as a means of control, subjugation and exploitation that further reinforces gender inequality. This publication establishes that these patterns of gender-based abuse are observed across environmental contexts, affecting the security and well-being of nations, communities and individuals, and jeopardising meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). While linkages between GBV and environmental issues are complex and multi-layered, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable. This analysis reveals the complex and interlinking nature of GBV across three main contexts: access to and control of natural resources; environmental pressure and threats; and environmental action to defend and conserve ecosystems and resources. This publication aims to raise awareness and engage actors working in environmental and sustainable development, gender equality, and GBV policymaking and programming spheres to inform rights-based, gender-responsive approaches to environmental policy, programmes and projects.
File Better Biodiversity Integration Through Geospatial Analysis by BRIDGE — last modified Feb 07, 2020 01:30 PM
This guide describes the use of geospatial analysis for integrating biodiversity conservation with other development sectors at USAID. It consists of four chapters corresponding to the four stages of the program cycle and provides the why, when and how of using geospatial analysis, including the rationale for the use of geospatial data and analysis, enabling conditions, best practices, and an example from USAID programming. This work represents a joint effort of the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity and the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean’s Environment Team and provides a starting point for USAID staff in incorporating geospatial analysis into their own work.
File Conservation and Law Enforcement in Gorongosa and Niassa: A Study of the Criminal Justice Process for Wildlife Crime, from Apprehension to Incarceration by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Oct 09, 2019 12:31 PM
In July 2019, USAID/Mozambique released a comprehensive study of the wildlife criminal justice process in Mozambique and identified key areas for improvement. Successful enforcement of wildlife trafficking laws requires apprehending perpetrators and shepherding them through the criminal justice system. This study, Conservation & Enforcement in Gorongosa & Niassa: A Study of the Criminal Justice Process for Wildlife Crime from Apprehension to Incarceration, was undertaken to answer a key learning question pertaining to wildlife trafficking in Mozambique: Under what conditions does increased detection of environmental crimes lead to prosecution and punishment? To answer this question, the Mozambique Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms and Services team conducted interviews to map Mozambique’s criminal justice system. The team compared the ideal legal pathway that wildlife criminals should follow with the steps taken in reality and used discrepancies to highlight areas for strengthening the system.
File Identity in a Digital Age: Infrastructure For Inclusive Development by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 31, 2019 07:32 PM
This report assesses the opportunities and risks of digital ID systems in development. We particularly focus on the role of project-driven ID investments and argue for a broader view of digital ID as essential development infrastructure.
File Water and Sanitation Reference Sheet by BRIDGE — last modified Mar 17, 2020 09:52 AM
Natural ecosystems capture, store and purify water, allowing biodiversity programming to complement and protect water and sanitation investments. Similarly, by improving waste water treatment and increasing water use efficiency, water and sanitation programming reduces the pollution of aquatic ecosystems and lessens the amount of water taken from rivers or lakes. Learn more:
File Center for Innovation and Impact: 2019 Impact Brief by Portal Web Editor — last modified May 01, 2019 12:18 AM
USAID’s Bureau for Global Health’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) introduces our 2019 Impact Brief, which features an overview of our work and progress this past year.
File Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation: Innovator and Investor Support Opportunities by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 30, 2019 11:27 PM
We are delighted to present Unleashing Private Capital for Global Health Innovation - Innovator and Investor Support Opportunities, a report outlining the need for catalyzing private capital for global health innovations and several transformative partnerships that could help us meet the health-related Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
File USAID Ecosystem-based Adaptation Series Synthesis by BRIDGE — last modified Mar 16, 2020 02:31 PM
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 (EbA) to address climate vulnerabilities and contribute to development results. The document provides an introduction to EbA and common EbA approaches; summarizes evidence related to EbA and food security, water security, coastal populations and extreme events; and discusses cost-effectiveness, elements of a successful EbA approach and enabling conditions. Learn more:
File Artificial Intelligence in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 17, 2019 05:58 PM
This paper is intended to fill a key gap by identifying both barriers to artificial intelligence (AI) deployment at scale in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) and what actions can best accelerate the appropriate use of AI to improve health in LMIC contexts.
File Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender in Fisheries—A Sea of Opportunities by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Feb 18, 2020 09:21 PM
Produced by USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev), USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the guide provides an overview of the unique roles and contributions women make in the wild-caught fisheries sector. The guide also explains how persistent gender inequalities limit women’s economic empowerment, and increased risks of gender-based violence negatively impact the potential of women to thrive and contribute towards strong economies. Gender in Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities summarizes research on the intersection of gender and wild-caught fisheries, exploring the ways in which fisheries offer important entry points to enhance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment while also contributing to more effective interventions and more sustainable outcomes. This guide will be an important resource, particularly for USAID missions and implementing partners working in sustainable fisheries management. Development practitioners can use the guide to access the latest evidence on gender empowerment and sustainable fisheries management; find tools and resources to conduct gender analyses; design strategic interventions to strengthen program design and implementation through the development of comprehensive gender action plans; and learn more about how to develop results chains to help programs define goals and refine assumptions.
File Integrating Ecosystem Values into Cost-Benefit Analysis: Recommendations for USAID and Practitioners by Portal Web Editor — last modified Feb 18, 2020 10:00 PM
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 or use CBAs and for USAID as an institution. In addition, this document provides specific guidance for USAID sectors that are commonly integrated with biodiversity—including global climate change, food security, energy and infrastructure, and water, sanitation and hygiene—but the process and principles described here are relevant for CBAs in any sectors. These recommendations represent a joint effort of the USAID Offices of Forestry and Biodiversity and Economic Policy in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.
File Evidence Summary: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Coastal Populations by Gateway Web Editor — last modified May 20, 2019 03:07 PM
This evidence summary highlights ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approaches that can help coastal populations build resilience to climate change, including the establishment and management of protected areas, effective coastal land use planning, ecosystem restoration, sustainable fisheries management and the use of green infrastructure, among others. It also offers a comparison of EbA and hard infrastructure approaches in coastal zones and discusses factors that contribute to the success and sustainability of EbA approaches.
File Report: The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 25, 2018 11:04 AM
USAID’s “The Nature of Conservation Enterprises: A 20-year retrospective evaluation of the theory of change behind this widely used approach to biodiversity conservation” uses a theory of change to examine the assumptions and draw lesson learned on the conditions needed for enterprise and conservation sustainability from six sites across the globe.
File Supplemental Guide 3: Prioritizing and Selecting Strategic Approaches in USAID Biodiversity Programming by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Nov 15, 2018 03:37 PM
This guide supplements Biodiversity How-To Guide 2: Using Results Chains to Depict Theories of Change in USAID Biodiversity Programming. Step 4, Brainstorming Strategic Approaches, involves generating a suite of potential strategic approaches for a design team to consider. Step 5 introduces the practice of prioritizing and selecting among these draft strategic approaches but does not provide in-depth guidance on the process and criteria for doing so.
File Case Study: Improving Ecosystem Management to Strengthen Resilience to Extreme Weather in the Philippines by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Mar 16, 2020 02:38 PM
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 conserving biodiversity and strengthening ecosystems in six key biodiversity areas to help communities adapt to climate change. The case study also discusses the importance of EbA approaches in strengthening community resilience to extreme weather. Learn more:
“Zooming In” presents a new analysis by Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative and Ceres about how companies that are committed to addressing commodity-driven deforestation are tracing supplies to their origin—be it factory, farm, field, or forest—so they can determine the impact their supply chains have on forests.
This document presents one sector of the Sector Environmental Guidelines (SEGs) prepared for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Agency’s Global Environmental Management Support (GEMS) program. All sectors are accessible at Purpose. The purpose of this document is to support environmentally sound design and management (ESDM) of common USAID sectoral development activities by providing concise, plain-language information regarding: • The typical, potential adverse impacts of activities in these sectors (e.g., mining, agriculture, construction, fisheries, health care), including climate change considerations; • How to prevent or otherwise mitigate these impacts, both in the form of general activity design guidance and specific design, construction, and operating measures; • How to minimize vulnerability of activities to climate change, as well as contributions of activities to climate change; • More resources for further analysis of these issues; and • How to develop environmental compliance applications.
File Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange, 13-15 May 2014: Technical Workshop Summary Report by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:38 PM
As a first activity under AGENT (then GECCO) in 2014, this workshop marked a significant first step in the organizations’ collaborative effort to enhance action on gender-responsive climate change action. The workshop functioned as a learning exchange for fifty-two participants from more than twenty countries, convening leading experts, government representatives, and practitioners from international, national and subnational levels to engage in dialogue, identify lessons and best practices, and map concrete steps forward to advance the gender and REDD+ agenda. This technical workshop summary report includes 18 overview case studies of specific gender and REDD+ initiatives around the world, along identification of gaps and priority actions to address these at multiple levels.
File Understanding Biodiversity – Development Integration Efforts and Opportunities by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Nov 06, 2017 11:09 AM
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 purpose of this review was to highlight some ways that various actors have approached integration to help USAID learn from what has been done and use this learning to inform its own approach to integration. More specifically, the review sought to: 1) Capture the state of the art on integration; 2) Understand current practices related to integration; and 3) Recommend a way forward.
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