Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives


improving conservation investments around the world

Our Approach

With many millions of dollars invested in biodiversity programming each year, many projects are not realizing their intended effects. In many cases the vast pool of expertise, insights and lessons learned are not being fully leveraged to improve conservation effectiveness around the world. As a result the international community is calling for more results-based management and accountability, and a system to support learning and processes for adaptive management. Environmental Incentives is working with our international partners to implement a performance-driven approach that makes investments in conservation more effective.

USAID Conservation Enterprise Retrospective team with the Asian Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresrouces (ANSAB) discussing the Theory of Change for sites in Nepal related to ANSAB's work. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID

Innovative Design

Our innovative approach to program design emphasizes the development of monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans. We work closely with stakeholders throughout the program design process, facilitating engagement and catering solutions that work for our clients.

Measuring Results

Charting progress towards clearly defined environmental goals is a cornerstone of effective biodiversity programming. We deliver customizable tools to help institutions define indicators of success, measure biodiversity targets and better understand progress. This drives program effectiveness and allows institutions to allocate resources for efficiently.

Ecotourism at the Subterranean River, a coastal cave with kilometers of navigable water and that is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, provides an economic alternative to traditional forest livelihoods. Sabong Beach, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID
Community groups in Chitwan, Nepal have focused on distributing benefits from their ecotourism enterprises toward community members who rely on park resources. Sauraha, Chitwan District, Nepal. Photo by Jason Houston for USAID

Systematic Learning & Adapting

As biodiversity programs are implemented, information, data and knowledge is generated. We work with government staff, policymakers and researchers to develop systematic approaches to collect and learn from this data. This enables programs to adapt to changing circumstances.

Featured Projects

USAID Measuring Impact II

Measuring Impact II (MI2) will support USAID thought leaders, mission staff, and Washington bureaus to apply evidence-based adaptive management across USAID’s $265 million annual biodiversity... Read more

Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership seeks to improve the sustainability of USAID investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene services and share successful systems change approaches that will improve sustainability... Read more

USAID Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge

Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) aims to strengthen USAID’s capacity for greater efficiency, learning, and adaptive... Read more

USAID Measuring Impact

Measuring Impact (MI) aims to increase USAID’s capacity to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve the impact of biodiversity conservation and natural resource management programs around the... Read more

News & Insights

Talk to Our Experts

Liz Lauck
Partner, Chief of Party/Measuring Impact II

Tess Present, Ph.D.
Senior Associate

Shelly Hicks
Adaptive Management Specialist Team Lead/ Measuring Impact II

Caroline Cook
Evidence and Learning Specialist