Draft USAID Biodiversity Policy Online Consultation

Welcome to the USAID online consultation for the Biodiversity Policy.

This policy, the Agency’s first for biodiversity, seeks to advance biodiversity conservation as an essential component of human development. The policy will clarify USAID’s strategic approach for conserving biodiversity that contributes to national and local level development goals and conserve a global biological heritage for current and future generations. It will also launch an action and learning work program that will create more opportunities to value, use, and conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in support of human well-being. The policy will catalyze the changes needed to align with the USAID Forward agenda by providing the tools to create more strategic, focused, and results-oriented biodiversity programming and by applying scientific and research-motivated approaches to support sustainable biodiversity conservation and development outcomes.

We invite you to take an active part in an online consultation by providing responses and written comments on the first draft. Feedback can be provided through completing this online questionnaire and by submitting additional comments. We know your comments will enrich the thinking and better inform the draft policy as it is finalized. We hope that you will circulate the draft policy and this questionnaire to your networks to ensure broad feedback and inclusivity.


There are 5 pages of 10 questions about the draft policy. Comments must be sent no later than June 28, 2013. Be assured that they will be thoughtfully reviewed and considered.

ROLE AND SCOPE OF USAID POLICIES: The scope, intent and composition of USAID policies and strategies vary according to subject matter and issue area. Generally, policies and strategies are meant to clarify the Agency’s position in key areas and provide guidance to 80+ missions in the field. They are intended to convey the vision of the Agency’s leadership and, in some cases, make Agency commitments to key stakeholders. As such, they seek to make an operational difference in the effectiveness of USAID’s development programs. Policies and strategies are designed in a collaborative, evidence-based process that engages expertise from throughout the agency and from external resources. They illustrate USAID's understanding of the nature of challenges within a certain theme and the best approaches for accomplishing Agency goals in this area.

This policy is meant to convey and disseminate higher-level policy guidance and principles and, unlike other past strategies, will not provide funding guidance or fixed targets.

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