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

  • Jul 30, 2019 · News Item
    USAID works alongside Vietnam’s National Assembly on effective wildlife conservation through demand reduction
    HANOI, July 26, 2019 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the USAID Wildlife Asia activity, in partnership with the Office of the National Assembly, brought together top government leaders and relevant stakeholders today for a featured dialogue aimed at evaluating the country’s communication work on endangered species…
  • Jun 07, 2019 · News Item
    Asia-Africa Journalists Exchange Launched
    BANGKOK, June 6, 2019 - Thai journalists will travel to Tanzania from June 8 to 17, marking the beginning of the Asia-Africa Journalists Exchange Program to learn more about the wildlife trafficking supply chain in source, transit, and destination countries.

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 16, 2019 · Event
    Asia-Africa Journalists Exchange
    USAID Wildlife Asia and USAID PROTECT have been working closely with journalists under each project to improve the understanding of the importance of wildlife in their countries and regions. Specifically, USAID Wildlife Asia is working with journalists to improve their understanding of wildlife trafficking from source to destination countries, which…
  • Aug 16, 2019 · Event
    CITES COP 18
    The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.