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USAID has a long history of support for efforts to combat wildlife trafficking (CWT). These efforts are currently being prioritized due to a dramatic increase in the volume and scope of the threat in recent years and the February 9th, 2017 Executive Order on enforcing federal law with respect to transnational criminal organizations and preventing international trafficking.

Among the many strategic approaches employed by USAID to combat wildlife trafficking and outlined in the Agency's Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime Toolkit, USAID’s Forestry and Biodiversity Office chose three for special attention for the CWT Learning Group based on their frequency in USAID programming: (a) reducing consumer demand through behavior change methodologies, (b) building capacity for effective enforcement and prosecution, and (c) increasing community conservation action and support to combat wildlife trafficking. These three strategic approaches are defined by development hypotheses (theories of change), as well as a combined hypothesis that, if implemented, these strategic approaches will increase the risks for wildlife criminals and reduce profits from wildlife trafficking, which will then reduce overall wildlife crime, leading to improved conservation results.

While used across many countries, there is often little supporting information available to practitioners regarding the effectiveness of these approaches or the validity of key assumptions. As USAID begins or ramps up efforts, there is an important opportunity for this Learning Group to support cross-mission collaboration to capitalize on previous experiences, share the latest information, and build the evidence base for these approaches.

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Webinar David Wilkie and Community Engagement in CWT:
Jun 21, 2017 · Video

Webinar David Wilkie and Community Engagement in CWT:

In this webinar from June 20th, 2017, Dr. David Wilkie presents to USAID's Combating Wildlife Trafficking Collaborative Learning Group on the risks and rewards of engaging communities in anti-poaching and trafficking efforts. This webinar includes a presentation by Dr. Wilkie,…

Webinar: A Conversation with Sal Amato, Wildlife Asia
Jun 01, 2017 · Video

Webinar: A Conversation with Sal Amato, Wildlife Asia

During this May 25th, 2017 Webinar, Megan Hill interviews Sal Amato from Wildlife Asia on his experiences in building law enforcement capacity to combat wildlife trafficking. Additionally, the CWT Case Example Compilation was announced, which will collect lessons and experiences…

Webinar: Law of the Jungle: CWT Enforcement Capacity Building in Guatemala
Mar 03, 2017 · Video

Webinar: Law of the Jungle: CWT Enforcement Capacity Building in Guatemala

In this March 2nd, 2017 webinar, Juan Manuel de la Cruz (Checchi Consulting) presents the results of a recent project to strengthen the justice system in Petén, Guatemala. The project saw dramatic increases in environmental crime convictions and reductions in…

Webinar: A Conversation with Dr. Renee Lertzman on Reducing Desire for Ivory
Jan 26, 2017 · Video

Webinar: A Conversation with Dr. Renee Lertzman on Reducing Desire for Ivory

E3/FAB hosted a virtual conversation with Dr. Renee Lertzman about her new publication (with WWF), "Reducing Desire for Ivory: A Psychosocial Guide to Address Ivory Demand".

 
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