USAID Wildlife Asia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), addresses wildlife trafficking as a transnational crime through the USAID Wildlife Asia activity. The activity works to reduce consumer demand for wildlife parts and products, strengthen law enforcement skills, enhance policy, legislation and jurisprudence and improve regional action to reduce wildlife crime in Southeast Asia and China.

Elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger as well as pangolins are among the top items illegally traded worldwide, and especially in Southeast Asia and China. Transcontinental organized wildlife crime decimates wildlife populations, destroying opportunities for local community wildlife-based livelihoods, and does not contribute to national revenues. Wildlife trafficking undermines the rule of law, supports corruption and money laundering, facilitates spread of zoonotic diseases, and has links to terrorism. Click here for the more information of this initiative.

Highlights

  • Oct 05, 2017 · News Item
    New courses on risk profiling of wildlife contraband in Lao PDR and Viet Nam
    Vientiane (Lao PDR), October 5, 2017 – Customs officers play a crucial role in efforts to combat wildlife crime, not only in the interception of contraband, but also in collecting crucial evidence for the follow-up investigation. Yet compared to other forms of smuggling, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered…
  • Sep 24, 2017 · News Item
    What to do with captured wildlife
    A normal day for Kai, a young female staff member at the Wildlife Quarantine Centre in Nakorn Nayok, Thailand, just two hours from Bangkok, starts by preparing 144 chickens or pork for 12 rescued tigers.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 30, 2017 · Event
    Peer Learning on C4D and Celebrity Media Outreach
    The USAID RDMA Partners Networking Meeting allows USAID partner communications officers/specialists to exchange, share experiences and leanings from implementing communications in the USAID funded projects.
  • Nov 19, 2017 · Event
    USAID Wildlife Asia Partner Coordination Meeting in China
    The coordination meeting will discuss FY 2018 activities to be implemented in China especially under the Objective 1 on Consumer Demand Reduction, monitoring and evaluation, and communications and outreach. The team will also meet with potential implementing partners in China.

Innovations

USAID WIldlife Asia works with partners to develop a collection of tools to facilitate all the objectives. Up to now, 5 tools were developed, as follows:

Resources

Featured reports and fact sheets:

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Reducing Consumer Demand

Surging demand, high prices and lucrative profits from wildlife products are driving the drastic decline in species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers and pangolins. USAID Wildlife Asia helps reduce this demand by communicating, mobilizing and advocating ways to change practices and build new social norms around the use of wildlife products.

Building Political Committment

The Supreme Court of Thailand is the key Thai government counterpart for USAID Wildlife Asia, and activities strengthen the Green Benches program, improving court rules of procedures and introducing sentencing guidelines for wildlife crimes.

Enhancing Law Enforcement

Working with Interpol, the ASEAN National Police and the ASEAN Working Group on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wildlife Enforcement, USAID Wildlife Asia supports law enforcement collaboration in the region and brings together enforcement authorities in Asia and Africa to share intelligence on active investigations and collaborate in dismantling transcontinental trafficking syndicates.

Supporting US Government Coordination

USAID Wildlife Asia collects, synthesizes and shares information on counter wildlife trafficking efforts with U.S. agencies in the region, providing a knowledge management hub.