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February 9, 2022

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.  

February 9, 2022

East Africa has made significant strides in reducing poaching of iconic wildlife species, but the demand for wildlife products and use of sophisticated poaching methods continues to threaten the security, economy, and biodiversity of East Africa. International networks for poaching, transit, and sale of illegal wildlife products target wildlife populations across borders, creating a complex problem that transcends national boundaries.

February 9, 2022

The East Africa region is endowed with rich biodiversity and natural resources that include iconic wildlife species, watersheds, arable lands, and minerals among many others across the six countries in East Africa. Broadly defined as natural capital, these resources are an important source of revenue and critical to East Africa’s economic growth.

February 9, 2022

The U.S. Government is committed to supporting East Africa regional economic integration and strengthening mutually beneficial two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa. The East Africa Trade Promotion and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) project supports the goals of the AGOA, a U.S. Trade Act that was enacted in 2000 and renewed until 2025, to provide exporters from eligible African countries with preferential access to the U.S. market. The project also advances the U.S.

February 3, 2022

East Africa contains some of the African continent’s most vast and iconic landscapes. These biodiversity‐rich areas are critical to the region’s nature‐based tourism industry, which contributes significantly to East Africa’s gross domestic product. Many East Africa’s wildlife habitats exist across national boundaries and hence require collaboration to address the challenges of the conservation of wildlife and the habitats they depend on. 


Last updated: August 08, 2022

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