Introducing BiodiversityLinks: A New Knowledge Portal for Biodiversity Conservation

BiodiversityLinks, USAID’s newly refreshed and relaunched knowledge portal for biodiversity conservation, features key USAID tools and resources as well as new evidence and learning.

Many long-time users likely remember BiodiversityLinks’ predecessors, the Natural Resources Management and Development (RM) Portal and the Biodiversity Conservation Gateway: 

RM Portal and Gateway homepages, 2018

USAID’s Biodiversity Division took the best of these sites and developed BiodiversityLinks to meet your needs. After strategic planning and feedback from USAID staff and partners, we aimed to create a platform that fuels learning to improve global biodiversity programming. We identified four needs and strived to meet them:

  1. Easily accessing resources: The new site is designed to bring forward both the latest and tried-and-true evidence, guidance, and tools. You can easily find newly added resources on the homepage, and the new site structure features USAID activities, resources, and stories by priority topic areas: Wildlife, Marine and Fisheries, Forestry, Cross-Sectoral Integration, and Adaptive Management.

    The updated search and Library feature new filters so you can sort and find content that is most relevant to your work, like “Conservation Crime” in “Cameroon.” Browse reports, studies, analyses, and other resources from conservation practitioners around the world.
  1. Building knowledge of biodiversity conservation and its cross-sector benefits: In addition to the new search and Library, the site hosts a series of cross-sectoral pages by topic. Each page offers key information, evidence and guidance, and case studies from USAID activities. Explore biodiversity’s interactions with Climate, Economic Growth, Food Security, and more.

    And stay tuned! We are continuing to build more features of the site, including a learning and evidence section that will collect USAID and non-USAID materials on priority topics and approaches, like One Health, wildlife trafficking, enterprise approaches, marine and fisheries, and wild meat.

Cross-Sectoral Resources by Topic

The new site collects key information on biodiversity conservation’s connections to other development priorities. EXPLORE CROSS-SECTORAL RESOURCES BY TOPIC.

  1. Easily providing others with relevant links to groups of evidence: Across the site, there are carefully curated collections of resources so you can find and share relevant content with your colleagues. If you work in the marine sector, for example, you may want to bookmark the new page for Marine and Fisheries Resources. The new Library filters are also an easy way to group related content and return to it at any time.
  2. Sharing knowledge and contributing to the evidence base: To improve biodiversity conservation, practitioners around the world need to share learning and knowledge. We want to hear from you! We aimed to create a clear way for you to submit resources, such as case studies or reports, so your peers can also access them on the site. We also welcome your Story submissions about your work. Whether you want to share an overview of the activities you support or an example of using the Conservation Standards for activity design, we want to hear about and capture your experiences and knowledge.

Enjoy exploring the new site! We will continue adapting based on your feedback so please reach out to the site managers with any thoughts or questions so we can address them and better meet your needs.