Climate Fellows Program
The Climate Fellows program places technical experts within government ministries in selected partner countries to assist with their priority natural resource management needs. Climate Fellows serve as in-country technical advisors, typically for a period of two years, and provide technical assistance and capacity-building support to address key challenges identified by country partners. To date, Climate Fellows have been placed in Costa Rica, Zambia, the Philippines, the Republic of the Congo, and have focused on advancing country-led efforts related to REDD+ and the development of national forest monitoring and carbon accounting systems. The Climate Fellows program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and is implemented by the U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs.
ILLEGAL LOGGING PROGRAM
The U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs and the U.S. Department of Justice are working together to combat illegal logging in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The approach of the interagency program is three-fold, with emphasis placed on strengthening policy institutions; developing new technology for timber identification and tracking; and increasing the capacity of law enforcement officials. In Africa, activities currently focus on Central Africa. The program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
USAID Africa Biodiversity Program
The goal of this USAID funded program is to support biodiversity conservation in Africa by leveraging the unique natural resource management expertise of the U.S. Forest Service as a public land management agency with a multiple-use mandate. The overarching strategy for this program is to catalyze biodiversity conservation in Africa through modest, but timely, technical and financial investments that leverage the U.S. Forest Service’s technical expertise and network. With a long-term presence across the entire Africa region, through this program, the U.S. Forest Service supports USAID’s efforts to build knowledge and capacity to minimize impacts of persistent threats to forests and biodiversity.