Anila Jacob: Perspectives on Integrating Biodiversity Conservation with Broader Global Development Programming at USAID
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a leader in integrating biodiversity conservation with global development priorities such as improving health, strengthening food security, promoting inclusive economic growth, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this presentation, I will discuss my experiences working with USAID on activities that integrate biodiversity conservation with development sectors such as food security, global health, and climate change adaptation. In particular, I will highlight how USAID activities like Measuring Impact (MI), Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) and Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) support the operationalization of biodiversity conservation integration including strategic and technical approaches, challenges to integration, and successes.
Anila Jacob is the Food Security and Global Health Specialist for USAID's Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) activity, which supports the implementation of the Agency's Environmental and Natural Resource Framework and promotes biodiversity conservation integration in USAID programming. Anila has worked with USAID for the last decade where her focus has been on conducting research on linkages between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. In particular, she is an expert on understanding the contributions of natural environments to global health and food security outcomes. Anila has led the development of reports, peer-reviewed papers, and case studies for USAID on topics such as nature-based strategies for climate change adaptation, the importance of wild pollinators in meeting the Agency's food security and nutrition objectives, the contributions of wild fisheries to global development, and approaches for integrating biodiversity conservation into global health and food security activities. She is also a practicing internal medicine physician with a MD from Penn State.
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