Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management Division
The Department of
Sustainable Development (DSD) heads the OAS Biodiversity and Sustainable
Forest Management Program. Biodiversity plays a critical role in
sustainable development and poverty eradication by maintaining the
earth’s gene pools, species, populations and ecosystems. 90% of the
world's food is derived from 15 species of plants. Of the top ten
countries identified as megabiodiversity countries, five are found in
the Americas. Biodiversity is a key component in agricultural
productivity, food security, and ecotourism. DSD promotes poverty
alleviation programs that integrate sustainable use of biological
diversity, the protection of ecosystem integrity, and the enhancement of
The Americas is one
of the most important and diverse areas of biological diversity to be
found on the planet: it is host to eight of the world’s 25 most diverse
and critically important ecosystems. A main focus of the work of
the OAS is to support the exchange of information critical for
decision-makers and the public in conserving this rich and unique
The OAS, through DSD,
signed a contribution arrangement with the Canadian International
Development Agency for the “Trade and Environment in the Americas”
The project activities
reflect priorities identified by countries of the region and will aid them
in the development of the capacities needed in the areas of good
governance, the sustainable management of natural resources and trade
policy decision-making. The objective of these activities is to build the
necessary skills and capacities among government, private sector and civil
society actors on a sustainable, long-term and people-centered basis.
Payments for Environmental Services.
Legal provisions related to Payment for Ecosystem Services.
Payment for Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Agriculture for
Development in Paraguay.