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 07, 2019 · News Item
    Influential Thais Ask Public to Shun Ivory and Tiger Amulets
    Bangkok, October 7, 2019 – As part of efforts to reduce the use of amulets made from endangered elephant and tigers, WildAid, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) are launching a campaign called “A good life is…
  • Sep 24, 2019 · News Item
    USAID and INTERPOL bridge law enforcement responses between Asia and Africa
    On September 16, 2019, USAID Wildlife Asia and INTERPOL joined forces to bring top law enforcement officers together from source countries in Africa and destination counties in Asia. The Counter-Transnational Organized Crime training in Yaoundé, Cameroon, provided cutting-edge investigative training to officers from Customs, Police, Wildlife/Forestry Authorities as well as…

Upcoming Events

  • Dec 18, 2019 · Event
    Press Conference: Chi III Public Service Annoucements Launch
    USAID Wildlife Asia will launch the Public Service Announcements (PSAs) of the third phase of the Chi Initiative. The two PSAs will be introduced to the media, partners from government, and private sector. Therefore, they can take ownership of these Social and Behavior Change Communication tools to further disseminate behavior…
  • Nov 27, 2019 · Event
    USAID Wildlife Asia Demand Reduction Coordination Meeting
    This meeting will bring together CWT stakeholders to share information and provide activity updates on consumer demand reduction for wildlife and relevant public campaigns in Thailand.

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.