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Interior Gives $7 Million to America’s Territories

Interior Gives $7 Million to America's Territories

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior announced recently nearly $7 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to advance climate resilience and restore lands and waters through impactful ecosystem restoration work in the U.S. territories.  

A $3.9 million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will support programs and projects in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam to advance biosecurity efforts, restore coastal areas and flora ecosystems and support the eradication of invasive species. Another $3 million from the Inflation Reduction Act will help Puerto Rico in combatting climate change.  

“The U.S. territories are an integral part of the fabric of America,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “As the Department stewards new investments from the President’s Investing in America agenda, we are working closely with our territorial partners to ensure they make the largest impact and reach as many communities as possible – particularly as these communities increasingly face the acute impacts of the climate crisis on their communities and ecosystems.”

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda provides funding for transformational investments in our nation’s infrastructure – and that extends to our partners in the U.S. territories,” said Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Carmen G. Cantor. “The Office of Insular Affairs is committed to supporting these critical investments in the territories and supporting resilient physical and natural infrastructure.”

Today’s announcement helps advance the Interior Department’s Restoration and Resilience Framework, a plan to leverage historic investments in climate and conservation to achieve landscape-level outcomes across the nation – including through a commitment to building resilient islands. Through the Investing in America agenda, the Department is implementing more than $2 billion to restore our nation’s lands and waters and build climate resilience.  

Projects and programs announced today funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law include:

Projects funded through the Inflation Reduction Act include:

This funding also advances the President’s Justice40 Initiative that set a goal to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution.

The Inflation Reduction Act provided the Office of Insular Affairs with $15 million to support climate change planning, mitigation, adaptation and resilience for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Other funding was announced last year.  

More information about this and other funding provided to the Insular Areas can be found on OIA’s website. 

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