Collaborative Learning Groups

Learning groups increase the effectiveness of USAID biodiversity conservation programming by finding out what works, what doesn’t, and why. USAID's Biodiversity Division created its Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program to capture and share global lessons for common conservation strategic approaches.


These learning groups:

  • Connect USAID staff who are implementing the same strategic approach to address a development challenge.
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience about when and under what conditions the theory of change holds.
  • Foster collaboration to answer a set of shared learning questions (a learning agenda) that can help improve the effectiveness of USAID programs.


The learning groups collaborate through sites that feature webinars,  toolkits, and knowledge collections.

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Conservation Enterprises

The Conservation Enterprises Learning Group is focused on the hypothesis that if participant income is increased through participation in conservation enterprises, then they will discontinue environmentally unsustainable activities.

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Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The CWT Learning Group is focused on building a knowledge base around how best to build capacity, reduce consumer demand, and improve community engagement to combat wildlife crime.

Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

The Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Collaborative Learning Group supports USAID’s programming through peer-to-peer sharing and cross-mission learning.

Wild Meat

The Wild Meat Learning Group tackles questions about critical development goals of conserving biodiversity, achieving food security, and protecting the health of human communities by addressing wild meat issues.


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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Environment Private Sector Engagement (PSE)

LAC Environment PSE learning group is working to build the evidence base and share knowledge and information on how to use existing PSE resources and tools in the LAC environment context to achieve Agency objectives. 

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Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Environment Combating Conservation Crime (CCC)

The LAC Environment CCC learning group is working to better understand the drivers, actors, and patterns of conservation crimes particular to the LAC region, and the conditions under which prioritized CCC strategic approaches can achieve biodiversity outcomes.

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