people who benefited from improved natural resource management in 2020
Yaung Chi (‘radiance’ in the Myanmar language) is a three-year project to stimulate economic growth and improve health and educational outcomes through the productive use of energy. Pact will work with up to 70 unelectrified villages in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Region to promote women’s entrepreneurship through training, skills development and linkages with government and financial service providers; advance small enterprise development through standalone decentralized energy solutions; and electrify rural education and health facilities. The project will build the local governance capacity for administering loan schemes for productive use equipment and the operations and maintenance of roof-top solar projects for public facilities by community members, leading to long-term self-reliance.
The Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi program, or REFRESH, is conserving the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring natural fisheries productivity in the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. REFRESH is working to ensure that targeted Lake Malawi aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed, that endemic fish populations are self-sustaining, and that Lake Malawi fisheries are managed sustainably by 2024. REFRESH builds on communities' successes under USAID and Pact's FISH project.
Sustainable Mine Site Validation
This project is helping to counter illegal activities such as child labor, violence and other human abuses at artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through a validation process, the project verifies that no armed groups are present and that the mine has the legal authority to operate. This process is the first step to ensuring minerals are sourced responsibly and conflict-free, which contributes to broader peace and stability in the region.
USAID Green Invest Asia
USAID Green Invest Asia operates across Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines. The project is catalyzing private sector finance to upscale and drive investments in agriculture, forestry, and other land use toward low emissions, yet profitable business models. USAID Green Invest Asia identifies and develops promising climate-smart business deals with solid profit potential for investors. The project engages with financial institutions and investors to link them to pipeline opportunities and bridge financial and technical gaps necessary to overcome barriers to investment in businesses that are environmentally and socially responsible. It provides direct technical services to enterprises desiring to "green" their supply chains and assists in structuring corresponding financial deals to reduce investor risk. USAID Green Invest Asia is implemented by Pact, with partners MSP and Control Union. Learn more here.
USAID Hay Tao
Hay Tao, the U.S. government’s largest environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade, is a five-year project that is building the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of biodiversity resources in Madagascar. Meaning ‘Know How’ in Malagasy, Hay Tao focuses on empowering local communities to lead the way in the management of their natural resources. The project is using a systems approach to improve the enabling environment for effective, lasting community-based wildlife management and conservation of biodiversity. Hay Tao builds on the multi-stakeholder engagement model developed by Pact and USAID in the recent Mekong Partnership for the Environment project, and is leveraging a state-of-the-art data portal. Pact leads a group of international partners in implementing Hay Tao, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center (URI-CRC), alongside two national civil society networks, Alliance Voahary Gasy (AVG) and Solidarité des Intervenants sur le Foncier (SIF).
Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon
The Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon project, or SCIOA, is increasing indigenous people's influence in the governance of the Amazon region in order to protect the region's environment and the rights of its indigenous people. As part of USAID's Human Rights Support Mechanism, the project is reducing the negative impacts of economic development, including infrastructure projects and extractive activities, on Amazon forests and water resources. Through evidence-based programming, an emphasis on learning by doing and adapted, culturally relevant capacity development tools, Pact is building the capacities of indigenous organizations to access and manage financial resources and take ownership of their own development planning and priorities in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Suriname and Guyana.
Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership
The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership works with governments in the Lower Mekong region to build capacity for managing the impacts of environmental change. The program supports planners and policymakers in the use of technical and conceptual tools to better understand how pressures on land and water resources are affecting local populations. SIP provides training in applying cumulative impact assessment, enables collaboration for monitoring and managing socioeconomic data, and promotes sharing of data and information about water resources. The program serves as a platform for countries to cooperate in addressing transboundary development challenges, including the impacts of upstream hydropower dams on the Mekong. Through training, dialogue and partnerships, countries are better able to anticipate and manage issues such as reduced fishery yields, salinity intrusion, and groundwater depletion. SIP is implemented by Pact and is part of the Mekong-US Partnership, which builds on the work of the previous Lower Mekong Initiative in strengthening water security in the region. Learn more here.
ITA Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI)
Pact leads field implementation for the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative (ITSCI), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability
The Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability project is developing key rural forest-based enterprises that provide sustainable economic opportunities for rural farmers and forest-dependent communities while also stemming deforestation and biodiversity loss. The project is strengthening forest value chains, establishing legal and management frameworks for forest enterprises, and building the forest-management capacity of local organizations.
West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change
The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change project addresses natural resource degradation to improve livelihoods and natural ecosystems across the West African region. The project emphasizes building partnerships at the community, national and regional levels to strengthen policies and systems that will improve natural resource management and the health and resilience of selected coastal and upland forest ecosystems to climate change. As part of a consortium, Pact is leading capacity development activities, developing demand-driven and customized approaches and focusing on outcome-level change within West African regional institutions and local partner organizations.