Sustainable Landscapes

Giant Ceiba Tree in Ecuadorian Rainforest
Living buttresses stabilize the giant ceiba trees of Ecuador on thin rainforest soil. USAID works with countries to grant land title and use rights to indigenous groups and provides training to protect forests critical to mitigating climate change.

USAID sustainable landscapes programs provide direct support to more than a dozen countries working to improve management of tropical forests and other landscapes. This includes support for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

An estimated 1.5 billion people around the world depend on forest resources for their livelihoods, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Meanwhile, loss of forests and natural landscapes accounts for nearly a quarter of the world’s climate pollution. For many countries where USAID works, forest loss is the single largest source of climate pollution.

All this makes sustainable landscape management essential to addressing both climate change and global poverty.

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SilvaCarbon is working with Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, and other countries to help them build capacity to monitor and manage tropical forests and terrestrial carbon. SilvaCarbon Fact Sheet

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS)

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) is a flagship U.S. program that has forged partnerships with more than two dozen developing countries—from Colombia to Indonesia to the Philippines—all committed and taking concrete actions to pursue low emission development via clean energy and sustainable landscape management.

The Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)

The Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) is a flagship USAID program working across nine countries in the Congo Basin to create a regional forest dialogue and to build local, national and regional capacity for improved natural resources management.


BIOREDD+ is a flagship environmental program in Colombia’s mega-diverse Pacific region, with a portfolio of REDD+ projects seeking to protect natural resources and promote regeneration of degraded tropical forest.

The Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC)

The Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) program developed a suite of information and tools to help countries build their REDD+ readiness.

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Last updated: November 19, 2015

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