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 Office of Forestry and Biodiversity 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. These strategic approaches are sometimes called sustainable or alternative livelihoods.

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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.

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Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

The Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries Collaborative Learning Group is currently in development. Visit the Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries page to learn more about USAID’s marine investments.

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Framework for the Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program

Jan 14, 2016 · File

USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment/Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB) launched the Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program to increase the effectiveness of strategic approaches that are commonly implemented to achieve biodiversity conservation through USAID programming.

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