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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 11, 2018 04:40 PM
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 Facts about Wild-Caught Fisheries & African Development by FRAME Administrator — last modified Jul 12, 2018 01:44 PM
The Facts about Wild-Caught Fisheries and African Development describes the role of wild-caught fisheries in food security, resilience and nutrition and presents opportunities and recommendations for intervening in wild-caught fisheries management to improve the livelihoods and food security of the hundreds of millions of people who depend on wild fish for nourishment and income.
File Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant Version of Acting on the Evidence by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 15, 2018 02:21 PM
Download this file for an accessible version of Acting on the Evidence, the interactive learning resource for Evidence in Action.
File The Role of Wild-Caught Fisheries in African Development by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Jul 12, 2018 11:24 AM
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 role of wild-caught fisheries in food security, resilience and nutrition and presents opportunities and recommendations for intervening in wild-caught fisheries management to improve the livelihoods and food security of the hundreds of millions of people who depend on wild fish for nourishment and income.
File The Role of Wild-Caught Fisheries in African Development by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Jul 12, 2018 01:41 PM
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 role of wild-caught fisheries in food security, resilience and nutrition and presents opportunities and recommendations for intervening in wild-caught fisheries management to improve the livelihoods and food security of the hundreds of millions of people who depend on wild fish for nourishment and income.
File Supplemental Guide 3: Prioritizing and Selecting Strategic Approaches in USAID Biodiversity Programming by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Jun 18, 2018 03:20 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) in How-To Guide 2 involves generating a suite of potential strategic approaches for a design team to consider. Step 5 in How-To Guide 2 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: Maintaining Water Security in Peru Through Green Infrastructure by FRAME Administrator — last modified Jun 01, 2018 09:47 AM
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 environmental governance and implementing green infrastructure approaches to strengthen ecosystems and stabilize the provision of water. The case study also discusses the importance of green infrastructure as an EbA approach to help communities adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.
File Case Study: Improving Ecosystem Management to Strengthen Resilience to Extreme Weather in the Philippines by Gateway Web Editor — last modified May 24, 2018 09:23 AM
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.
File The transboundary displacement of deforestation under REDD+: Problematic intersections between the trade of forest-risk commodities and land grabbing in the Mekong region by Sage V Voorhees — last modified May 11, 2018 05:57 PM
The fragmentary adoption of REDD+ across forest nations leaves room for the displacement of deforestation from early-adopters and countries with more rigorous carbon-related regulatory regimes to late-adopters of REDD+. While this displacement is expected to be substantial, our empirical understanding of the causal pathways of transboundary displacement remains weak. Our research addresses this lacuna, focusing on Vietnam, an early adopter of REDD+ that has experienced significant reforestation despite exponential growth in exports of key forest-risk commodities, sourced in large part from Lao PDR and Cambodia. We show that over the last decade, the trade of forest-risk commodities was large and accelerating in the Mekong region, concurrent with the rapid expansion of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), constituting important, inter-related causal pathways for the displacement of deforestation and forest degradation. LSLAs are, however, core of national economic development strategies in the Mekong region, indicating a problematic relationship between REDD+, trade flows and land and forest governance. We explore the problematic intersection between these dynamic processes, their impacts on forests in Lao PDR and Cambodia, and implications for global efforts to manage forest resources and reduce emissions. The inability of REDD+ to address transboundary impacts suggests the need for complementary interventions that address supply- and demand-side dynamics.
File ZOOMING IN: COMPANIES, COMMODITIES, & TRACEABILITY COMMITMENTS THAT COUNT, 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS by Sage V Voorhees — last modified May 10, 2018 08:52 PM
“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.
File SECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE CONSTRUCTION Full Technical Update 2017 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 04:35 PM
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 http://www.usaidgems.org/sectorGuidelines.htm. 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 USAID GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SUPPORT (GEMS) SECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINE: ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 04:27 PM
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 http://www.usaidgems.org/sectorGuidelines.htm. 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 LAND & RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ACTIVITY MONITORING AND EVALUATION PLAN (AMEP) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 04:13 PM
The vision of LRDP is to contribute to shared and sustained peace and prosperity by addressing issues at the heart of the civil conflict. LRDP partners with the Government of Colombia (GOC) to better meet the needs of Colombian communities for land tenure security and rural development. Because the GOC is leading the implementation of activities under LRDP, it will be able to sustain and expand results achieved. In year two of LRDP implementation, the project team revised the AMEP to better reflect how it achieves results under USAID’s new government-led paradigm. The newly revised Activity Monitoring & Evaluation Plan (AMEP) provides a clear statement of the project design and results framework for good project management and for better communications about the project and its results. This executive summary of the AMEP provides the “what”, “why”, “how” and “so what” of LRDP in brief.
File Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area Performance: Monitoring social impacts by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 04:06 PM
Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area Performance: Monitoring Social Impacts (Field Manual)
File ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND DESIGN (ESD) SECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES SMALL-SCALE DRYLAND AGRICULTURE by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 03:53 PM
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND DESIGN (ESD) SECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES: SMALL-SCALE DRYLAND AGRICULTURE This document presents one sector of the Sector Environmental Guidelines prepared for USAID under the Agency’s Global Environmental Management Support Project (GEMS). All sectors are accessible at www.usaidgems.org/bestPractice.htm. The purpose of this document and the Sector Environmental Guidelines overall 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; 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; and more detailed resources for further exploration of these issues.
File LGBT Vision for Action by Portal Web Editor — last modified Apr 02, 2018 03:32 PM
LGBT Vision For Action: Promoting and Supporting the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals Stigmatization and discrimination can deprive LGBT persons of human rights, render them vulnerable to high levels of abuse and violence, and bar them from taking advantage of many of the opportunities and resources available to their fellow citizens.These patterns profoundly disadvantage not only individual LGBT persons, but also the many communities and countries that suffer the loss of their social, civic, and economic contributions.ThisVision outlines the principles and steps that USAID will follow, in partnership with a wide array of champions and allies, to protect human rights and empower LGBT persons, increase the capacity of LGBT CSOs, and integrate attention to LGBT issues into our work, resulting in more effective and inclusive development results.
File Making Gender Count: Leveraging M&E to Mainstream Gender by Portal Web Editor — last modified Mar 30, 2018 12:20 PM
South Asia is one of the most water-scarce regions of the world. The Himalayan river basins that supply much of the region’s water, traverse national boundaries and are under increasing pressure due to industrialization, urbanization and a rapidly-growing population. Water scarcity jeopardizes food and energy security, both sectors being large water users. Sustainably managing these scarce water resources requires shared understanding and management in the context of the basin scale. It is critical to build will, integrated resource management capacity and cooperation, within and across the region. Currently, limited intra- and inter-country cooperation threatens the region’s ability to meet projected demand for resources and, in turn, its long-term economic growth and stability.
File Case Study: Conserving Ecosystems to Support Climate Resilience in Bangladesh by FRAME Administrator — last modified Mar 28, 2018 02:39 PM
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 in four rural, biologically significant regions to help communities adapt to climate change. The case study also discusses the importance of EbA approaches to strengthening the resilience of livelihoods and food security.
File The United States Agency for International Development and forest loss: A cross-national analysis of environmental aid by FRAME Administrator — last modified Mar 20, 2018 11:28 AM
Among scholars of international development, there is a debate regarding the effectiveness of bilateral aid to improve the natural environment. Here we focus on evaluating whether United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) aid in the environmental sector reduces forest loss. Little empirical evidence exists on this question, partly because of the challenge of modeling such a relationship, given the problem of endogeneity whereby the same social, political, or economic processes that affect forest loss may also be correlated with a nation receiving aid from international donors. We contribute to this debate by utilizing a two-stage instrumental variable regression model to analyze cross-national data for a sample of 74 low and middle income nations. After controlling for potential endogeneity, we find that higher levels of USAID’s aid for environmental protection correspond with lower rates of forest loss. We also find that a forest’s proximity to infrastructure, agricultural and forestry exports, agricultural land area, and tropical climate are related to increased forest loss.
File SALT Fact Sheet by Jennifer Barker — last modified Jul 16, 2018 01:53 PM
This Fact Sheet highlights the approach and objectives of SALT project including its aims at catalyzing solutions that transform how the seafood industry and governments collect, share, verify and, ultimately, use data for sustainable and socially responsible fisheries.
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