Inter-agency Agreement to Support Wildlife Conservation and Combat Wildlife Crime

Speeches Shim

Wildlife crimes threaten the security, economy, and biodiversity of East Africa. Demand for elephant ivory, rhino horn, and pangolin meat and scales continues to rise as global syndicates connect buyers and sellers in markets around the world.  East Africa has emerged as a global hub for illegal wildlife trafficking in a black market that generates billions each year.  

To address this complex issue, USAID Kenya and East Africa established the first-ever U.S. interagency agreement with the Department of the Interior-International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) – the Partnership to End Wildlife Trafficking in East Africa.  This Agreement builds capacity within host-country governments, improves national and international networking and coordination, and shares best practices across Eastern and Southern Africa. Since 2015, DOI-ITAP has worked closely with USAID to develop and implement the Agreement.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 10:15am

Last updated: May 19, 2022