Old growth forests of Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape as effective carbon sinks to mitigate impacts of climate Change

Biodiversity Conservation

Healthy, biodiverse ecosystems provide goods and services critical to human well-being and resilience. Climate change poses a direct threat to biodiversity through stressors such as higher temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, and ocean acidification. Nature-based solutions to climate change, like land use planning and sustainable forest management, can help conserve biodiverse ecosystems while also addressing the climate crisis. Healthy ecosystems can play a critical role to address climate change by absorbing carbon, reducing disaster risk, supporting livelihoods, and improving food and water security. USAID’s Climate Strategy outlines the Agency’s work to achieve these objectives.

Cross-Sectoral Resources
Ecosystem-based Adaptation Portal
Integrating Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation in Activity Design
Integrating Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes in USAID Programming

The Business Case for Collective Landscape Action

Como a USAID ajuda empresas locais a florescer enquanto restaura a floresta amazônica.
Man standing in forest looking at vinagreira plant
The Amazon rainforest is home to thousands of unique species, serves as a critical carbon sink, and regulates rainfall and weather patterns across South America and beyond.
Man standing in forest looking at vinagreira plant
A draft of USAID’s updated Biodiversity Policy is available for public feedback from December 8, 2023, through January 10, 2024.
Students from the CYCC participate in a hands-on class to learn about watershed management. With the support of Aguas y Aguas de Pereira, a CYCC partner organization, the youth learned how to measure water parameters by measuring flow velocity (number of liters of water passing through during one second), flow width, and flow depth.

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