Biodiversity Integration Case Study Competition

Apr 17, 2019 by E3 Office of Forestry and Biodiversity Comments (0)

Better availability of water for home use is one of the benefits the village of Kailas has seen as a result of conservation of the uphill forests in Nepal. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID. / Apply to the biodiversity integration case study competition by May 3 at

USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) Office of Forestry and Biodiversity is now accepting submissions for a case study competition on biodiversity integration across USAID’s portfolio. Cases may include biodiversity programming with multiple sector outcomes, as well as other development programming with biodiversity outcomes. In addition to successes, case studies are welcome to discuss challenges in design, implementation or monitoring of integration.

Integration of biodiversity conservation with other sectors has the potential to increase sustainability of development programming, amplify results and promote cost-savings. Integrated programming offers an opportunity to advance learning and an evidence-based approach, to identify lessons learned and to capture best practices. This case study competition seeks to understand and capture field-level learning on biodiversity integration into USAID programming across sectors. By entering the competition, your case study will help broaden knowledge and evidence on biodiversity integration both within and outside of USAID.

The Competition

All USAID staff and implementing partners working on USAID projects and activities are eligible to enter this case study competition. The Office of Forestry and Biodiversity will consider all entries that:

  • address biodiversity integration at any stage of the USAID program cycle.
  • receive USAID funding. Applicants are not required to receive biodiversity funding and can come from any sector but must address biodiversity in some aspect of their integration case.
  • are submitted in English by May 3, 2019. USAID staff and implementing partners are encouraged to collaborate on joint submissions.

The Judges

A high-level judging panel will evaluate submitted cases. Judges include:

  • Cynthia Gill, Office Director, E3 Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, USAID
  • Tony Pryor, Senior Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID
  • James Watson, Development Diplomat in Residence, USAID

Participants will need to complete a simple submission form. Full competition guidelines are available on the case study competition website. USAID’s Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project is managing the competition and will work with winners to enhance and adapt cases to share with USAID, partners and the public. BRIDGE will also highlight the case studies in a networking and learning event in Washington, DC, co-hosted with USAID LEARN.