The United States joins UNODC and WCS to prevent environmental crimes in the Amazon Basin

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Launch event of two regional initiatives to prevent environmental crimes in the Amazon Basin
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  presented the initiatives Together for Conservation and ECOS in a ceremony attended by government authorities, public ministry, diplomatic corps, and representatives of civil society organizations.

The conservation of the Amazon basin is one of USAID's priorities, so through these regional initiatives it contributes to making this a healthy and resilient forest region, which guarantees the well-being of the populations that inhabit it.

The launch event was attended by the Minister Counselor of the United States Embassy in Peru, John McNamara, who highlighted the importance of appreciating the Amazon and working with the governments and civil society of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname to address transnational challenges in the Amazon region. The Minister Counselor mentioned the two projects, through which USAID will invest 28 million dollars over the next 4 years.

On behalf of WCS, Daniela Pogliani, Deputy Director of the Together for Conservation project, highlighted the role of civil society in promoting the conservation of Amazonian biodiversity, defending the rights of its peoples, and preventing environmental crimes.

Jorge Rios, Head of the Global Program on Crimes that Affect the Environment of UNODC, highlighted the importance of inter-agency and participatory work that the ECOS project - Regional Cooperation to face Environmental Crimes - promotes.

Together for Conservation works to strengthen regional collaboration networks of civil society that connect local experiences of indigenous peoples and local communities, private companies, the media, journalist networks, and other organizations, to conserve biodiversity and prevent environmental crimes in the Amazon of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

For its part, ECOS, implemented by UNODC in partnership with USAID, seeks to improve regional cooperation, the capacity of actors in the judicial system and law enforcement to detect, intercept, investigate and prosecute crimes against conservation in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname. 

 

Last updated: June 30, 2022

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