people who benefited from improved natural resource management in 2020
Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions (SEGAR)
Led by Chemonics, this project is helping subnational government bodies in Indonesia to achieve environmental governance that advances sustainable management in biodiversity conservation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from land use. The effort's objective is for agricultural, forestry and extractive industries to implement environmental and social sustainability goals that reduce threats to biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions from land use in priority supply chains.
Promoting Mercury-Free Mali (Pro-MFM)
Pact’s Promoting Mercury-Free Mali project brings together miners, industry and government stakeholders in an integrated approach to help resource-dependent communities and artisanal and small-scale gold miners to be safer as well as more formal and productive. The project aims to reduce mercury use and reliance, while strengthening supply chains in Mali’s small-scale gold mining sector. The effort includes technical support for mercury abatement, increased transparency and resiliency for the ASGM sector, and incentivizing and realizing responsible ASGM supply chains. The project works with miners, investors and gold traders interested in adopting mercury-free business models, in Keneiba Cercle in the Kayes Region of Western Mali.
Promoting Mercury-Free Mining (Pro-MFM)
The Promoting Mercury-Free Mining project is a three-year effort implemented by Pact in partnership with Solidaridad, Minerals Commission Ghana, and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. The project aims to reduce the use of mercury in Ghana’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector through education, the introduction of better technology, strengthened equipment supply chains and demonstrating business incentives for mercury-free gold production.
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.