DOI-ITAP technical assistance, at both regional and national levels, helps to strengthen:
ASIA, PACIFIC ISLANDS, AND ARCTIC RECENT PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
DOI-ITAP's Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong project assisted the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam in reducing the negative impacts of hydropower dams, irrigation systems, and other infrastructure development on downstream communities.
This project strengthened environmental safeguards on hydropower, protected fisheries and wildlife, assessed the effects of development on riparian ecology, improved technical capacity of policymakers, and advanced environmental law and policy.
This project was funded by USAID Regional Development Mission Asia and the Department of State’s Lower Mekong Initiative.
DOI-ITAP is supporting the Regional Flyway Initiative – an ambitious effort to conserve 50+ wetlands across the East Asian-Australasian Flyway – a migratory bird corridor stretching from the Arctic Circle to New Zealand.
At the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Initiative 11th Meeting of Partners, DOI-ITAP technical experts presented strategies to better protect wetlands and migratory bird habitats along the Flyway.
In June 2023, DOI-ITAP co-hosted a technical training workshop in the Philippines in partnership with BirdLife International, the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), and the Asian Development Bank on conservation of critical migratory bird habitat and ecosystem services/wetland restoration.
This project is funded in partnership with USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia.
DOI-ITAP is supporting sustainable tourism development in Greenland to help diversify its economy.
Leveraging DOI’s deep technical expertise in protected areas management, DOI-ITAP is sharing best practices on trails development and maintenance, building trail networks, and policies and regulations regarding the potential creation of new protected areas.
Capacity building activities take place through virtual and in-country workshops and training, U.S. national park site visits, and conference attendance.
Additionally, DOI-ITAP will support the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in resource protection and revenue capture from cruise ship tourism.
This project is funded by the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EUR/ACE).
DOI-ITAP manages the NexGen Young Scientists Program, promoting transboundary cooperation and interdisciplinary approaches to the natural resource management challenges faced by the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
The program targets early-career scientists from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam and provides three main avenues of support:
This project is funded by the Department of State - Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).
PREVIOUS PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
DOI-ITAP helped establish sister protected area partnerships and provided technical training on hydrology, peatland restoration, species inventorying and monitoring, sustainable tourism, and interpretation and education.
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DOI-ITAP facilitated workshops and professional exchanges on marine protected area establishment, conservation planning, law enforcement and community engagement, maintenance processes, and interagency cooperation.
DOI-ITAP supports conservation in the Philippines by strengthening the ability of officials and communities to counter threats to the country's coastal and upland resources, and to promote good governance, transparency, and accountability in environmental law enforcement.
DOI-ITAP provided training and technical assistance in environmental governance and law enforcement, with a special focus on counter wildlife trafficking, to local government officials from selected biodiversity areas - Zambales, Pangasinan, and Palawan.
DOI-ITAP strengthened the organizational and administrative capacity of the Regional Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) to serve as the central coordinating entity on a wide array of activities, as developed by the CTI member countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste).
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