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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 Mar 12, 2018 01:31 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.
File USAID’s Biodiversity Conservation and Forestry Programs, 2016 Annual Report by FRAME Administrator — last modified Feb 26, 2018 01:12 PM
In FY 2016, USAID field conservation programs improved natural resource management in highly biodiverse areas across more than 57 million hectares, an area about the size of Colorado and Nevada combined. As a result of USAID assistance, more than 1.5 million people have more income, better jobs, and other economic gains through sustainable natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. Millions more benefit indirectly from biodiversity and the natural services it provides. Results from USAID funding around the world appear in this report. A selection of notable results and three in-depth project profiles serve to illustrate major approaches used by USAID and its partners.
File Pangolin Species Identification Guide: A Rapid Assessment Tool for Field and Desk (Thai version) by Christin VanZant — last modified Feb 17, 2018 05:38 AM
This guide is published in Thai and designed to help law enforcement officers confidently identify the eight species of pangolin, and when possible, body parts and scales even when removed from the animal.
File Pangolin Species Identification Guide: A Rapid Assessment Tool for Field and Desk by Christin VanZant — last modified Mar 08, 2018 04:17 PM
This guide is designed to help you confidently identify the eight species of pangolin, and when possible, body parts and scales even when removed from the animal.
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 The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS): Ensuring Community Voices Influence National Policy in Suriname: A local to national policy-level initiative by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:37 PM
The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (Vereniging van Inheemse Dorpshoofden in Suriname – “VIDS”) is an association of indigenous village leaders from every indigenous village in Suriname. VIDS was established by village leaders in 1992 and its goals and objectives are to promote and defend the rights of indigenous peoples, to speak for indigenous peoples at the national and international levels, and to support sustainable development in Suriname. VIDS has taken a leading role in promoting indigenous rights, sustainable development and environmental protection in Suriname. It believes that all three are interrelated and must be supported and monitored. In VIDS’ Multi-Annual Strategic Programmes, indigenous women’s rights have been included in most aspects of the objectives and strategies, and also focuses on indigenous women’s inclusion in decision making, particularly related to strengthening their rights, participation in national policy- and decision-making, and bolstering their socio-economic position.
File Hariyo Ban: REDD+ for Economic Development in Nepal: A national, local-level initiative by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:36 PM
The Hariyo Ban project—which is named after the Nepali saying “Hariyo Ban Nepal ko Dhan” meaning “healthy green forests are the wealth of Nepal”—is a five-year initiative (2011-2016) that aims to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal. The project intends to ensure meaningful engagement of women and socially excluded groups in REDD+ initiatives by building their knowledge and capacity, as well as increasing gender-responsive REDD+ policy design. The Hariyo Ban supports the broader conservation and development objectives and strategies of the Government of Nepal and works closely with the government in program implementation. Additionally, by working with Nepal’s communities, civil society, private sector, academia and media, the program endeavors to empower locals in safeguarding the country’s living heritage and adapting to climate change through sound conservation and livelihood approaches.
File Trees for Global Benefit: Empowering Ugandan Women with Land Concessions and Tree Planting Benefits: A local-level, implementation initiative by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:35 PM
Trees for Global Benefit (TGB), an initiative of the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST), is a cooperative community carbon offset scheme developed to enable poverty reduction through effective management and protection of forestry ecosystems on which local people depend. Integrating gender considerations into REDD+ planning and implementation is a key issue for numerous countries. Leveraging learning and knowledge sharing for gender and REDD+ is essential in moving toward harmonized policy reform and is relevant across many elements of climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural resource management, land use, and benefit sharing. This case study identifies and consolidates existing tools and best practices for greater access and applicability in mainstreaming gender considerations into REDD+.
File The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF): Empowering African Women to Influence REDD+ by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:34 PM
The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des Forêts, or “REFACOF”) aims to make concrete, meaningful, and effective contributions to forest governance in order to influence national policies and international frameworks regarding women’s rights and tenure in member countries. Under African customary law, women seldom own or inherit land, and the only way they can access it is by marriage or through their male children. Through advocacy work, REFACOF has been able to propose articles and forest policies to the Government and to the Parliament that include women’s interests and ultimately will secure women’s rights in forestry and natural resource management, as well as REDD+ in the coming years. By strengthening women’s networks and partnering with men so they can advocate for comprehensive gender equality, which benefits broad community wellbeing, REFACOF has made it clear that inequitable situations are not an option.
File Cameroon, Ghana & Uganda’s Gender & REDD+ Roadmaps: A National, Policy-Level Initiative by FRAME Administrator — last modified Dec 13, 2017 03:32 PM
These Roadmaps—the first of their kind—were produced during the first phase of the project for each country process and identified context-specific gender and REDD+ concerns, stakeholders, and concrete actions to integrate and enhance gender in REDD+ processes and initiatives. This case study highlights a follow-up process to establish a national-level Gender Task Force in each country to function as an implementing entity of the Gender and REDD+ Roadmap, and continue to support the national and sub-national policy dialogue, as well as ensuring gender-responsive REDD+ actions and outcomes in projects.
File LESSONS FROM CONSERVATION ENTERPRISES IN THE MAYA BIOSPHERE RESERVE OF PETEN, GUATEMALA by Shawn Peabody — last modified Dec 13, 2017 06:23 PM
Twenty years after the start of conservation enterprise activities, the Petén biosphere reserve can boast of a near-zero deforestation rate. This brief report summarizes available information on the reserve to draw out important lessons for those hoping to replicate this.
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