Biodiversity is an important part of a healthy ecosystem that communities, including indigenous peoples and other vulnerable populations, depend on for food, livelihoods, and cultural identity. Given this critical link between biodiversity and human well-being, our approach to conservation focuses on empowering communities with best practices, strengthening rights and capacities, and ensuring access to information to sustainably use and protect biodiversity.
Clean Water and Resource Conservation in Angola, Botswana, and Namibia
In southern Africa, where many people live with little access to clean water and sanitation services, new resource management and conservation efforts made a big difference.
A Roadmap for Conservation in Colombia
With its peace accord underway, the government of Colombia is pursuing conservation and sustainable rural development goals that will help achieve stability and lasting peace.
Smart Innovations to Protect the Environment in Colombia
In Colombia, the government, local communities, and the private sector have collaborated to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity.
News: Chemonics at Global Innovation Week
Digital technologies and data-driven approaches have enormous potential to transform global development. During Global Innovation Week, Chemonics joins USAID in celebrating these approaches to development challenges and announcing our commitment to innovation. Chemonics President and CEO Susanna Mudge joined leaders in the global development community to share some of Chemonics’ efforts to advance its innovation…
Wildlife and Plant Trafficking – Is Prohibition the Only Answer?
A few weeks after the CITES COP17, which took place earlier this month in Johannesburg, I am left wondering: What impact will the increased prohibitions on the international trade of endangered animal and plant products have? And how will the rural African communities I work with, who deal with dangerous wild animals, see the agreements?…
Diffusing Land-Use Conflict with Science and Transparency
The challenge of equitable and efficient land allocation Land-use decision making forces politicians and land managers to grapple with choices that pit one interest group against another, and every decision seems destined to create conflict. But what if potential land uses could be ranked and supported by science? Are there win-win scenarios out there, waiting…