USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. They support communities to better manage and benefit from their natural resources by:
- Supporting land tenure policies and resource rights, giving people the right to own and manage natural resources responsibly;
- Fighting deforestation and planting trees, so that forests continue to provide clean water and air, improve agricultural productivity, slow the rate of climate change, counter desertification, and support economic growth;
- Protecting biodiversity, so that people don’t lose essential goods and services generated by intact and functional ecosystems, and species aren’t lost to extinction; and
- Mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, so countries can grow without harming the environment while strengthening their resilience to warmer temperatures and weather shocks.
USAID periodically releases calls for funding proposals that are relevant to community-based forest monitoring, as well as supporting systematic technical support programmes that build capacity on forest monitoring such as SilvaCarbon.