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USAID and Partners Enhance Landscape Scale Conservation Approaches

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:31 AM Fair Use
The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) biodiversity programming highlights landscape and seascape level interventions.

Contributing Authors:


Jared Harder
Bruce Byers

USAID’s centrally funded programs work to develop and refine larger scale conservation approaches, in which activities are designed and managed at the ecosystem, watershed or ecosystem process level based on biodiversity priorities and ecological, social and political factors. Landscape conservation emphasizes strategic planning, threat assessment and response, and integrates other development sectors such as health, agriculture, and economic growth. Landscape conservation efforts cross political boundaries in several priority locations. Perhaps the most influential USAID activity, the Global Conservation Program (GCP), supports the work of the African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, EnterpriseWorks/Vita, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund in landscape and seascape-scale conservation. Initiated in 1999, GCP partners take action in high priority ecosystems to achieve sustainable conservation results through threat reduction, capacity building and more sustainable livelihoods.

A recent evaluation of GCP highlighted success in incorporating threats-based conservation design and planning and in helping partner organizations use these approaches to manage their activities. GCP landscapes have made significant progress in addressing two important barriers to successful conservation: lack of involvement by local people and the limited management capacity of local organizations. While these initiatives are structured differently, they find that sharing planning, lessons and skills across a region are effective ways to generate wider impact.

Read More:

GCP Evaluation and Web Assessment 


Additional Resources


USAID Biodiversity

Related USAID Publications

 USAID RM Portal GCP Resource Collection





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