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).
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 8thfrom 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:
Strengthened government agencies through goal setting, planning and training
More effective regulations and organizational structure
Enhanced environmental and cultural resource law enforcement through training and provision of basic equipment
Established public-private partnerships leveraging financial and technical resources
Greater local community participation in protected area management; decentralization efforts supported
Transparent and accountable mechanisms developed for contracting with and managing private businesses that provide visitor services.
Government revenues increased and local jobs created from sustainable tourism in and near protected areas
Small businesses launched for recreational services, lodging, and handicrafts
Conducted economic valuation of environmental services
About the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
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:
Administers 203 million hectares (504 million acres) of federal land (equal to 1/5th of all U.S. lands), including national parks, wild and scenic rivers, wildlife refuges, wilderness, seashores, recreation areas, trails, historic sites, multiple-use lands (e.g., grazing, mining, oil extraction).
Provides visitor services and educational opportunities to over 507 million tourists per year.
Collects revenue of $10 billion per year from land sales, concessionaire fees, recreation fees, and leases for grazing and resource extraction.
Provides resources for 30% of the nation's energy, through hydropower, coal, geothermal, and over 7,300 active oil and gas leases.
Has reclaimed over 76 thousand hectares of abandoned coal mine sites.
Conducts world-class scientific research on earth processes, natural disasters, water, biological, resources, energy, and mineral resources.
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.