In celebration, we are hosting a yearlong series of presentations around the country showcasing twenty years of international partnership and the results of our work.
Our first presentation, in Washington, DC in May, focused on our work in protected areas. We will post a web link for that presentation shortly.
Our next presentation will be in Sacramento at the Federal Building (2800 Cottage Way Sacramento, CA) Wednesday, July 8th from 12:00- 1:00 pm in the BLM training room #1619B (off the Cafeteria). The topic is Climate Change: Spotlight Land Cover Mapping in Southeast Asia and Africa.
Future presentations include:
Wildlife trafficking: Spotlight Latin America
Marine resource management: Spotlight Southeast Asia
Public participation: Spotlight Guatemala
Hydropower: Spotlight Southeast Asia
Environmental law enforcement: Spotlight Philippines
Energy: Spotlight global initiatives
We will post details on these presentations as they are confirmed.
ITAP thanks DOI's dedicated employees who have so graciously shared their expertise and talents with overseas partners over the past twenty years. Special thanks also to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State for their consistent and generous support for this program.
In 1995, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) established the DOI International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) to provide capacity building in other countries using the diverse expertise of DOI bureaus. DOI-ITAP capacity building includes, but is not limited to: on-site technical assistance, study tours, mentoring, train-the-trainers workshops, procurement, and training in operations and maintenance of equipment. Project expenses are covered by external funds, while DOI typically contributes the salaries and benefits for short-term technical experts. To date, DOI-ITAP has provided technical assistance to 52 countries, with $35 million in donor funds from sources such as USAID, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the U.S. State Department. DOI expertise is tapped from a wide range of subject areas, including:
DOI-ITAP has access to the resource of the entire Department of the Interior. Established in 1849, DOI is the U.S. Cabinet-level agency that manages natural and cultural resources. DOI:
DOI has 70,000 employees in 8 technical bureaus:
DOI-ITAP fosters direct, sustained government-to-government professional exchanges between U.S. natural resource managers and their government counterparts in other countries.
DOI specialists have a depth of applied technical expertise, domestic and international experience, and relevant language skills. DOI-ITAP is able to field interdisciplinary teams from multiple bureaus.
DOI-ITAP partners with local and international NGOs, as well as private contractors, lending unique government-to-government expertise to technical assistance projects while leveraging resources.
Working with DOI-ITAP saves donor dollars. DOI-ITAP typically covers the salaries and benefits of all short-term technical experts, as well as the salaries and benefits of selected managerial, administrative, and technical staff, while donor funds cover the costs of travel and per diem of DOI technical staff, equipment, and planning and coordination. For every one dollar of investment in donor funds, DOI contributes approximately two dollars in support of DOI-ITAP projects.