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Biodiversity Support Program Introduction

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Contributors: Rose Hessmiller

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The Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) operated from 1989-2001 as a consortium of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and World Resources Institute (WRI) and was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

BSP's mission was to promote conservation of the world's biological diversity believing that a healthy and secure living resource base is essential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. BSP carried out its mission by supporting projects that combined conservation with social and economic development. Specifically it undertook:

  • Analysis of traditional and innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation to determine the most effective conservation practices.
  • Neutral facilitation of processes involving multiple stakeholders, sometimes with competing interests, and catalyzing partnerships and activities.
  • Capacity strengthening of individuals and organizations through enhancement of technical, organizational, and strategic skills.
  • Technical assistance to partners, including USAID.

BSP worked with many partners, including nongovernmental organizations, governments, communities, donors, academics, and the private sector.

BSP's regional programs formed the framework for its work around the world:

Regional Programs

BSP Activities

BCNet 1992-1999

Analysis and Adaptive Management

The BSP Conservation Impact Grants (CIG) program 1991 to 1996


Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Temperate Forests and Grasslands

Freshwater Ecosystems

Conifer and Temperate Broadleaf

Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

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