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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
File USAID Biodiversity Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 18, 2018 09:21 AM
USAID’s Biodiversity Policy builds on the Agency’s long history of conserving a global biological heritage for future generations and reflects on the recognition of the essential role that healthy natural systems play in advancing resilient societies and ending extreme poverty. This Policy provides a blueprint for how USAID will work to achieve the vision of conserving biodiversity for sustainable long-term development.
File The Disappearing Act: The Illicit Trade in Wildlife in Asia by Ryan Thompson — last modified Apr 07, 2017 03:38 PM
A Foreign Policy working paper by the Brookings Institution that reviews the current status of illegal wildlife trade in Asia and provides a broad set of guidelines for designing policy responses.
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information and Institutional Strengthening by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
File WWF Living Forests Report: Chapter 3 by Christin VanZant — last modified Jan 08, 2017 09:09 PM
Forest and Climate: REDD+ at a Crossroads
File Green Highways Consortium USAID Semi-Annual Report 2005 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During the last semester, the Green Highways Consortium aimed to attract new partnerships and collaborations, while strengthening the initiatives among its members, the interaction with social groups, organizations and movements involved in the project’s development and the participation in the government decisions. The participation of Consortium members in national and international debates has been very significant to widely inform about the Consortium experiences and information - based on its research and projects results and local initiatives -aiming to encourage the adoption of public policies at national and international levels towards sustainable development and tropical forest conservation in developing countries. For example, IPAM´s participation as an invited member of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, as well as its participation in international and national conferences, has presented its new proposal regarding to compensate reduction of tropical deforestation as a mechanism to address the carbon emissions from tropical deforestation (Brazil is the most important emitter of C from deforestation). Also, IPAM, TNC, ISA and FVPP are promoting the study of feasibility of carbon sequestration by agroforestry projects in the Transamazônica Highway and in the Xingu River Basin, attending the opportunities opened by MDL mechanism to promote small scale carbon sequestration projects. Furthermore, Consortium representatives from IPAM have presented its Biodiversity Scenarios Model to the Ministry of Environment, which might apply it to an 8-million ha forest area along BR163 under federal intervention. Such model can show which priority areas are to be protected by environmental laws and which species would be threatened with the loss of the forest cover in some specific regions. As important as the actions described above are the local and regional initiatives that have demonstrated many possible ways to promote social and environmental sustainable development. IFT and FVPP, for example, has worked together disseminating forest management techniques and practices for logging industry staff, among other stakeholders. Giving tools for the logging industry to change its behavior and collaborating in public policies discussions regarding this economic sector, IFT and FVPP aim to comply with the one of the Consortium first goals regarding the increase of areas supported by sustainable management plan. ISA has focused its activities on the increase of landscapes with regional participatory plan for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Xingu headwaters. Also, it has strengthened grassroots organizations and enabled in the elaboration of projects by themselves as a mean to reach these goals. In this sense, ISA, FVPP, IPAM, Social Movements, GTA and rural and indigenous representatives have promoted events to discuss the BR 163 Sustainable Plan and other issues, increasing the possibility of local communities’ socio-economic and environmental rights being contemplated by public policies to be adopted by the government. In addition, the Consortium activities developed by the leadership of Proteger/GTA are essential in dealing with the involvement of local people and organizations. Proteger/GTA has a significant participation in the Consortium through the dissemination of information; discussions and awareness among small producers from Amazonian rural communities, and by doing so allow their effective participation in public policy debates, in devising and executing projects which deal with life improvement issues, while promoting the environmental conservation. The Consortium has a strong point which is the dialogue continually established with governmental and non-governmental institutions, aiming to spread out and strengthen its projects and activities. Cooperation agreements and dialogues were established in the last semester with Embrapa, Federação das Organizações e Comunidades Tradicionais from Tapajós FLONA (National Forest), the Technical Forest Chamber (IBAMA, RIMISP, IDRC, CE, IMAFLORA, CIRAD, SEBRAE), as well with representatives of other Latin American countries (MAP region).
File Green Highway Consortium Annual Report, 2004 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During this first year of funding, the Green Highways Consortium consolidated and strengthened historical collaborations among member institutions, initiated new collaborations, and faced controversial issues (agribusiness expansion in Amazon , for example). The general strategy adopted by Consortium includes (1) the strengthening of different society groups (social movements; farmers, state and federal government) by providing qualified and scientific information on land use dynamic in Amazon, as a way, (2) helping the local society to find a new approach for “frontier governance” being able to control the social and environmental negative impacts coming from the currently land use activities. Also, the Consortium has to work (3) to promote the expansion of Annual Technical Report (2004): Green Highways Consortium 4 market incentives for good land practices and compliance with ambitious environmental legislation. All the three action lines above are inserted in a national and local political context, which is propitious to debate due to the phenomenal advance made by local society in terms of proposition of regional planning for economic corridors represented by the highways that will be paved (BR-163, for example). In this sense, the most important accomplishment was the remarkable progress made in consolidating a regional planning process for the BR-163 highway—a process that has now been recognized by the Brazilian Government. The BR-163 process provides a participatory, scientifically-grounded framework for advancing large-scale conservation and sustainable development along a 1,700 km corridor rife with land conflicts, land speculation, and the degradation of natural resources. A working group, recognized by the government, was organized by institutions which represent the civil society for setting up a monitoring to check the proposals aiming the territory arrangement through the BR-163 Highway. This participatory monitoring has been reached through activities such as training for smallholders (in fire and fauna management, viability of productive activities, etc), or even for timber companies’ staff as an alternative to reduce costs. All these processes included the production of materials, workshops and events to promote the environmental consciousness among the society groups involved in it. At the same time, the projects developed during the period reported here are improving the communities’ level of organization and their life quality, since it contributes to different economical alternatives with environmental reduced impact. Communities are getting able to sell and certificate their products, while the Consortium is surveying the possibility of compensating environmental services through carbon sequestration. The perspective of analyses and studies on the role of agro-industry companies in Amazon and the necessity to establish a direct dialogue with this sector generated a debate within the Consortium that has yet to be resolved. Are the goals of the Green Highways Consortium best served through partnerships with the very powerful industries that are converting forests to fields at historically high rates? Should the Consortium focus on strengthening the proponents of the socio-environmental movement? Or both? Given the gathering economic force of agro-industry expansion in the Amazon, the answers to these questions are extremely important. The Amazon environmental movement is poorly equipped to address the explosive expansion of cattle ranching and soybean production. But the work of the consortium in the first year has been an important catalyst to a qualitative leap in the discussion of these centrally important issues by the key institutional actors represented in the consortium. At the moment, all consortium members have a much clearer idea of the likely impact of agroindustrial expansion, and are working much more actively on an adequate response - at all levels, from the field to public policy – even though there isn’t a consensus regarding how to deal with it.
File Briefing Paper - Twenty Five Years NFM History by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
PDF A History of the USAID Forest Program.
File Section 118 Report to Congress 2005 (FY04) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
File Section 118 Report to Congress 2003 (FY02) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
The USAID 2002 FY Congressional Report of Foreign Assistance. Section 118 relates to Forestry
File Section 118 Report to Congress 2004 (FY03) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
File Section 118 Report to Congress 2002 (FY01) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
The 2002 FY report of foreign assistance.
File SFPGA Year 4 Quarter 3 Report by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM
Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance Year 4 Quarter 3 Report Submitted by Metafore and World Wildlife Fund August 17, 2006. The Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance (Global Alliance) is a public/private partnership that seeks to make markets work for forests and people. Together, the partners in the Global Alliance work to advance a new model for forest conservation and community development in USAID-presence countries in which sustainable forest management is rewarded in the global marketplace. By reducing trade in illegally harvested or unsustainably managed forest products, opportunities for resource-dependent communities and low-income producers will grow. This report summarizes the accomplishments of the two non-governmental partners—WWF and Metafore—for the second quarter (April 1, 2006 through June 30, 2006) of the fourth funding year of the Global Alliance. During this period, WWF and Metafore made substantial progress towards accomplishing the expected achievements defined for the year.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.10: Economic Growth by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:18 PM
Chapter 4.10 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the intersection of economic growth and trade with biodiversity conservation work. It covers the topics of economic growth and biodiversity, extractive industry, infrastructure and illegal and unsustainable trade. It is part of Chapter Four, which contains sections that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.8: Democracy, Rights and Governance by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:21 PM
Chapter 4.8 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the intersection of biodiversity and conservation with democracy, rights and governance. Section 4.8.1 focuses on governance while Section 4.8.2 focuses on conflict and peace building. Many practitioners are increasingly realizing the importance of governance in biodiversity conservation programs. Integration of such basic principles as transparency and accountability can lay the foundation for more equitable, positive, and sustainable results.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.6: Water Resources by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:24 PM
Chapter 4.6 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the intersection of biodiversity conservation and water resources. Chapter Four contains sections that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.5: Forestry by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:26 PM
Chapter 4.5 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the integration of biodiversity conservation work with the forestry sector. Chapter Four contains sections that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors. Forestry is the science and practice of managing trees and forests to provide a diverse range of benefits. As an example of the sustainable use of biodiversity, the type of forestry that will be discussed here is the sustainable management, use, and conservation of natural forest ecosystems in order to maintain their health, flows of timber and non-timber forest products, and nonmaterial values and benefits, as well as the ecological services they provide.
2011/10 Land Tenure and Forest Carbon Management Workshop (Madison, WI, USA) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:02 AM
October 21-22, 2011. Workshop hosted in Madison, WI by the University of Wisconsin's Land Tenure Center, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and Department of Geography, with funding through USAID's "TransLinks" project with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
File One Health: The Human– Animal–Environment Interfaces in Emerging Infectious Diseases by Momanyi Kelvin Nyariaro — last modified Jun 27, 2014 12:53 PM
Food Safety and Security, and International and National Plans for Implementation of One Health Activities
File Improving Grassroots Equity in the Forests and Climate Change Context: Training Manual by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 11, 2015 12:16 AM
The USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) program recently completed a seminal training publication entitled “Improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context”. The manual aims to develop the knowledge and capacities of grassroots facilitators to conduct meaningful participatory processes that can improve social equity and inclusion in forest-based climate change mitigation policy frameworks, mechanisms and projects. Using innovative training approaches and methodologies grounded on experiential learning principles, this manual differs from typical REDD+ materials as it focuses on the ‘how' rather than the ‘what' of equity. It will help grassroots stakeholders to generate valuable opinions and positions about forests and climate change related developments. This manual will be translated into all Mekong region languages for wider use by grassroots actors.
File DR Congo USFS IP Trip Report: Mission to Support Landscape Planning in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape; Jan 06 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 04:59 PM
USFS Mission to Support Landscape Planning in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo
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