Through the Colombia Forests and Wetlands Support Program, USAID/Colombia and the U.S. Forest Service are implementing the Colombia Youth Conservation Corps (CYCC). The CYCC trains rural youth by providing them with personal, professional, and natural resource management skills and tools that enable them to enter the labor market, diversify their livelihoods, and become environmental leaders in their territories.

Natural Resource Management

The world’s natural capital safeguards and underpins the health and well-being of billions of people. In low-income countries, populations rely on water, land, forests, soil, wildlife, and fisheries for half of all wealth. Climate change is threatening these benefits as extreme weather events and slow-onset climate impacts degrade ecosystems and natural resources–many of which are conserved and sustainably managed by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. USAID’s Climate Strategy includes strengthening natural resource management to manage and reduce climate risks and build local capacity for resilience and resource sharing, including through socio-ecological approaches. USAID will need to continually strengthen the integration of biodiversity conservation and natural resource management considerations in its sector programming and policies to combat the climate crisis.

Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Framework
Protecting East Africa's Natural Capital: The Cost of Inaction

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The Forest Alliance

With the support of SERVIR, decision-makers can more easily track and respond to wildfires.
Timber mining not only contributes to forest degradation but also to climate change.
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The USAID Reducing Pollution project works closely with local partners in Vietnam to address multiple sources of air pollution.
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