WEST VIRGINIA – In October, the Monongahela National Forest hosted 41 experts in sustainable landscapes for a three-day training session sponsored by United States Agency for International Development.
The group visited the Forest as part of their Sustainable Landscapes Advanced Training course and included attendees from El Salvador, Peru, India, Indonesia, Colombia, Malawi, Cambodia, Sudan, Zambia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, West Africa, Philippines, Guatemala and Madagascar. The USAID Advanced Training for Sustainable Landscapes Experts course aims to enhance the capacity of USAID staff to design, manage, and monitor effective sustainable landscapes programs. Themes included financing, geospatial tools, design and measuring impact and communicating results. Forest staff shared the sustainable landscape vision for Monongahela National Forest, including methods for engaging with communities and partners.
The USAID sustainable landscapes programs help host countries improve their land management. These programs, which include long-term agricultural and forest productivity as well as ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, are central to supporting partner countries on the journey to self-reliance. According to USAID, improving land management is also a global imperative: it strengthens a country’s resilience from shocks and stresses, protects the health and wellbeing of its people, conserves biodiversity and can abate 20% to 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.