A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOI-ITAP has provided technical assistance in support of the Environmental Cooperation Agreement under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement with funding from the U.S. Department of State in the following ares of DOI expertise: glacier monitoring, mining, protected areas management, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), and wildlife enforcement.
Via workshops, study tours, Spanish-language materials developed in-house, and consultations, DOI-ITAP has engaged government officials and non-government organizations from the U.S. and Chile in exchanging information, data, and best practices on a variety of topics, such as the impacts of climate change on glaciers; financial assurances and effective enforcement for environmentally sound mining closures; involving field-level personnel as well as academia in sound protects area management schemes; and CITES implementation and enforcement.
Funding: U.S.Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, and International Environment and Scientific Affairs
DOI-ITAP works with government and non-government partners under the ongoing Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA), with funds and guidance provided by USAID. DOI-ITAP leverages the technical knowledge of its staff and international partners in the areas of legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks for effective management of indigenous territories; sustainable forest, fisheries, and wildlife management techniques; management of multiple use activities on indigenous lands; and the development of sustainable income generation activities on indigenous lands. DOI-ITAP gears its activities toward generating models for the management of indigenous territories in the region.
A Partner Parks relationship between Everglades National Park and Brazil's Pantanal National Park was established in October 1997 as a result of a U.S.-Brazil presidential summit. Through this relationship, facilitated by DOI-ITAP, officials from both parks visited each other and discussed issues related to park management, law enforcement, public affairs and outreach. The visitors to the Everglades returned to Brazil with a prototype visitor information brochure produced in partnership with Everglades public affairs staff.
Funding: USAID/Global Bureau & USAID/Brazil
Ecuador – Completed
Conserving Biodiversity in Ecuador's Protected Areas
DOI-ITAP provided technical assistance to conserve biodiversity in selected protected areas and their buffer zones. DOI provided technical assistance to The Nature Conservancy and its partners – Fundación Antisana and Fundación Ecologica Rumicocha – on key components of The Nature Conservancy's Project Bioreserva del Condor in five of Ecuador's high Andean protected areas: Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, Antisana Ecological Reserve, Cotopaxi National Park, Sumaco Galeras National Park and the Cotocachi Cayapas buffer zone. DOI also provided technical assistance to CARE and its partners – Ecociencia and Jatun Sacha – on the SUBIR project and the Southern Border Development Program, and to Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos National Park in support of conservation in the Galapagos Islands. Assistance activities include: natural resource monitoring, invasive species management, oil spill planning and response, protected area management, marine law enforcement, visitor center development, environmental education and interpretation.
Galápagos Island Equipment Support
Conservation of Galápagos National Park remains a major challenge. Conflicts in recent years between fishermen and local conservation authorities have led to fierce rhetoric and violent action, and pressures from powerful stakeholder groups can dominate decision-making at the expense of conservation and responsible resource management. DOI-ITAP provided technical support for enforcement activities in Galápagos National Park. After completing a law enforcement needs assessment, DOI-ITAP procured a Seawolf amphibious plane (single engine, boat hulled) to support Galápagos law enforcement. Park staff was trained on its operation and maintenance. The Guadalupe River, an existing aluminum vessel used for many law enforcement and other purposes by the park staff, was also repaired and retrofitted through a contract facilitated by DOI-ITAP.
Peru - Completed
Protected Area Management
With its coastal deserts, high Andes, and Amazonian forests, Peru is one of the world's most environmentally diverse nations. Because the habitats are so diverse, the number of floral and faunal species found in Peru is very high. Peru contains 56 protected areas that total 12.7 percent of the land base for the country, over 40 million acres. Peru's Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales (INRENA) is directed to manage Peru's system of protected areas under the Protected Natural Areas Law (No. 26834) of 1997. Because of limited funding and other problems, INRENA lacked many of the institutional capabilities to accomplish its mandate. DOI-ITAP provided technical assistance to support INRENA in its protected area management efforts, particularly with regard to making the case for an increased budget for INRENA, and generating increased revenue for the protected area system.