Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region: DOI-ITAP's work in the LAC region focuses on a variety of priorities, ranging from energy independence in Argentina, environmental offsets in Colombia, protection of archeological sites in Guatemala, climate change adaptation in Panama, and counter wildlife trafficking throughout Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Chile. These efforts, possible through partnerships with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), State Department, and others, have benefited from a long-term and strategic engagement in the region.
In this region, DOI-ITAP technical assistance, at both regional and national levels, helps to strengthen:
DOI-ITAP currently works in the following LAC countries:
DOI-ITAP has completed activities in:
DOI-ITAP / LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN PROJECTS
Chile: Strengthening biodiversity conservation through sound management of protected areas, strengthening implementation and enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and combating wildlife trafficking throughout the investigative and judicial chain of government. These activities are complimented through visitor interpretation and youth engagement and education events.
Central America & the Dominican Republic: Building capacity to implement and enforce CITES, counter wildlife trafficking at national and regional levels, and analyze data and information for sound government decision-making. Activities are tied to training, operational, and outreach efforts of the Central American and Dominican Republic Wildlife Enforcement Network (CAWEN, or ROAVIS in Spanish).
Guatemala: Strengthening environmental governance and law enforcement through streamlining the adjudication processes, standardized patrols, and increased public participation in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (BR) and nearby Chiquibul & Maya Mountains BR. Also supports local community tourism, the protection of archaeological sites and environmental education and interpretation, in addition to strengthening Guatemala-Belize binational efforts to reduce wildlife trafficking across the border.
Colombia/INL: Working with Colombian Government officials to reduce wildlife trafficking by building capacity to investigate and prosecute wildlife trafficking cases and improve the implementation and enforcement of CITES as a tool to regulate legal commerce, ensure sustainable levels of wildlife trade, and detect and deter illegal wildlife trade.
Colombia/EPIC: Providing the Colombian Government tools to help prevent and resolve environmental conflicts anticipated by the land use changes associated with the peace process. Mitigation of impacts to Colombia’s protected areas in the Amazon include the development of protocols for integrated government-community decision-making, as well as identifying and promoting environmental offsets for expansion of the protected area system due to impacts of road development and other infrastructure.