Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

Biodiversity

improving environment and development outcomes around the world

Our Approach


With many millions of dollars invested in international development and environment 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 international partners and governments to implement a performance-driven approach that makes investments in the environment and development 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 goals is a cornerstone of effective biodiversity and development programming. We deliver customizable tools to help institutions define indicators of success, measure targets, and better understand progress. This drives program effectiveness and allows institutions to allocate resources more efficiently.

Ecotourism at the Subterranean River, a coastal cave with kilometers of navigable water 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
Sustainable services remain a daunting challenge in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector. USAID’s Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership is testing new ideas, approaches, and tools to overcome barriers for improving WASH service sustainability.

Systematic Learning & Adapting

As programs are implemented, information, data, and knowledge are generated. We work with development organizations, national and local government staff, service providers, 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


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

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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



Kathleen Flower, Ph.D.
Evidence and Learning Team Lead/ Measuring Impact II

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