The United States government, launched a new 3.4 million, three-year project to address the growing problems of illegal wildlife trafficking and related corruption.
According to U.S. Ambassador Amy J. Hyatt, Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that damages economic prosperity, rule-of-law, good governance, conservation efforts, and human health and is often enabled by corruption.
The United States invested in the fight to end corruption and wildlife trafficking in Madagascar a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and brings together a consortium of stakeholders, including TRAFFIC International, Transparency International Initiative Madagascar, and Alliance Voahary Gasy. The project will work closely with Madagascar’s Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Wildlife trafficking and corruption are growing problems globally, and in order to secure the natural resources and biodiversity from illegal and unsustainable practices that threaten environmental heritage and economic future, all governments need to combat corruption and wildlife trafficking.