United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the US government agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID assists developing countries maintain biologically diverse habitats and environmental services while supporting sustainable development and economic growth.
1. The Coral Triangle Initiative: The Coral Triangle of South East Asia is the global epicenter of the earth?s marine life abundance and diversity, with resources that help sustain the region?s 360 million people, 120 million of whom live in coastal communities that directly depend on marine resources. In 2009, USAID launched the US Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Support programme to provide direct support to six countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and The Solomon Islands. CTI supports improved management of biologically and economically important coastal-marine resources and ecosystems for food security, livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, and climate resiliency.
2. Central African Regional Program for the Environment: CARPE is a long-term initiative by USAID to address the issues of deforestation and biodiversity loss in the Congo Basin forest zone, while contributing to economic development and the alleviation of poverty throughout Central Africa. CARPE strategically aims to reduce the rate of forest degradation and loss of biodiversity through increased local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity in nine central African countries.
3. The Sustainable Conservation Approaches in Priority Ecosystems (SCAPES) programme is a partnership between USAID and four nongovernmental organisations that aims to conserve globally important biodiversity and provide leadership in developing, documenting and sharing state-of-the-art conservation practices. Nine transboundary landscape and policy initiatives implemented by African Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund and a consortium led by Pact, Inc. including Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and ACDI-VOCA, apply innovative and tested methodologies to achieve conservation and development goals.