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United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Sustainable Landscapes (SL)
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, and scaling of innovative interventions for reducing land-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing long-term carbon sequestration at scale. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites organizations, companies, foundations, community-based enterprises and other public and private entities, academic and research institutions, partner country government agencies, and investors to propose novel or creative approaches for achieving these objectives and at the same time promoting inclusive, economic growth, conserve biodiversity and sustainably manage natural resources, advancing democratic values, promoting transparency and the rule of law, and contributing to greater prosperity and well-being. Cross-sectoral and integrated approaches to addressing other development challenges together with reducing GHG emissions are also welcome, as they are often critical to scaling up climate mitigation outcomes.
USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change (GCC) within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), in cooperation with USAID regional bureaus and selected Missions, developed this BAA for Sustainable Landscapes to improve the Agency’s ability to assist partner countries in solving complex challenges that threaten sustainable development. This BAA seeks to engage with a wide range of actors to develop and provide innovative interventions that further USAID’s commitments to assisting partner countries on their Journey to Self-Reliance through protecting the environment and natural resources and promoting sustainable development and livelihoods in ways that reduce land-based greenhouse gas emissions or increase long-term carbon sequestration at scale. Interventions should offer significant promise for conserving, managing, and/or restoring ecosystems and productive lands in developing countries through one or more levers that address the key threats and drivers that influence GHG emissions and carbon sequestration in the land sector. USAID plans to issue addenda under this BAA that solicit engagement on specific opportunities to address Sustainable Landscapes issues, for example in specific sectors, countries, or geographies.
This BAA is open through September 24, 2022.
Areas of Interest
USAID’s Sustainable Landscapes (SL) programs seek to ensure that land is sustainably managed to achieve resilient, low emissions development. Through its SL assistance, and this Addendum to the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA-E3-SUSTAINABLELANDSCAPES-2020), USAID/Mexico seeks partners to research, develop, test, scale-up, and evaluate innovative approaches to decrease deforestation, add value to sustainable productive systems, diversify and improve rural livelihoods in selected landscapes in southern Mexico.
Through this Call for EOIs and the subsequent co-creation process, USAID/Mexico seeks to identify partners who can successfully research, develop, test, and evaluate innovative approaches to decrease deforestation in the Calakmul region and other selected landscapes in southern Mexico (Lacandona Jungle and Sierra Madre regions in Chiapas and Sierra Sur region in Oaxaca). Applicants are asked to consider the approaches described above and use their own knowledge and experience to generate solutions that can be tested and evaluated during the implementation of proposed activities in the selected landscapes.
Specifically, USAID is seeking solutions that can be tested across landscapes with a variety of stakeholders. Solutions should enable and empower community co-owned cooperatives and businesses, community and forestry enterprises (CFE), ejidos, and communities (with a particular focus on women and youth). Solutions should adopt economically-viable and sustainable business models that provide services, diversify income and/or add value to sustainable land use products and value chains for improved and resilient rural livelihoods while reducing deforestation and GHG emissions.
In addition, USAID is seeking to develop systemic approaches that integrate policy and practice across multiple land uses within the identified landscape(s). This may include issues such as governance, market access, community ownership, and value-added products that can have a transformational impact on deforestation and sustainable land use in Mexico.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: March 31, 2021