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Implementation Guide

USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.6: Water Resources

The 2015 USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook is a foundational resource for implementation of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy. 

Chapter Four of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook contains sections that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors. Chapter 4.6 is focused on the intersection of biodiversity conservation and water resources. The following topics are covered:

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Safeguarding Sustainability: At the Launch of a Groundbreaking New Effort in the Mara River Basin, Cooperation is Key

In the Maasai language, “Mara” means “spotted,” and as you look out over the plains of the Mara River Basin, you can see how the region got its name. The savanna is dotted with plants and animals alike: thorn trees and shrubs, lions, giraffes, migrating wildebeests. One of the most biodiverse regions in the world, the Mara is kept alive by the river flowing through it.

Case Studies

Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia

This ecosystem-based adaption (EbA) case study highlights the key EbA activities under the Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approach to Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia project and how the project helped vulnerable communities in two areas of rural Mongolia adapt to climate change. The case study also describes the strategies taken by the project to support and sustain EbA.

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World Water Week 2018

World Water Week (WWW) is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”.

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation.

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Biodiversity Hotspots

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) focuses on biodiversity hotspots​, Earth’s most biologically rich and threatened areas.

The 36 biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species, yet their combined area now covers only 2.3 percent of the Earth's land surface. Many encompass priority areas in multiple countries. Each one faces extreme threats and has lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat.