Forests supply a wealth of benefits: they protect biodiversity and water resources, store carbon, provide wildlife habitat, improve health and nutrition, and shelter communities from weather and climate extremes. More than a billion people rely on forests for some portion of their livelihoods, and of the people living in extreme poverty, more than 90 percent are dependent on forests for at least part of their income. Sound management of forests and other natural resources is integral to a country’s development, resilience, and self-reliance. USAID partners with about 45 countries to protect, restore, and manage their forests while reducing poverty and improving lives.



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USAID LESTARI supports the Government of Indonesia to conserve biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in biologically significant and carbon-rich forest and mangrove ecosystems. LESTARI applies a landscape approach, integrating forest and peatland conservation with low emissions development on degraded land.

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Chief at land use plan meeting in Mbou Mon Tour Village, USAID CARPE

Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)

CARPE is a long-term initiative of the United States Government to promote sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation in the Congo Basin through increased local, national, and regional natural resource management capacity.

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A woman tends to the forest as part of Nii Kaniti community forest management. Credit Marlon DAG for E+

Alianza Forestal

Alianza Forestal (Forest Alliance) supports the conservation of Amazon forests through Communal Forest Management. The activity aims to improve the quality of life of Indigenous Peoples of the Ucayali region in Peru by promoting inclusive sustainable businesses and supporting alliances between native communities and public and private organizations.

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