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Thursday April 29, 2021
USA supports Ecuador's anti-poaching work
Wildlife trafficking is a massive issue on a global scale. From shark fins to ebony, pangolin scales to ivory - the wildlife trade mafia is very well-organized and in many cases, its work is driving species to extinction. All efforts to control this trade need to be supported. The article below appeared in Ecuador's "El Comercio" newspaper on Earth Day last week.
(original article in Spanish by Isabel Alarcón, translated by Google with minor edits by CNH Tours)
The fight against wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing and unauthorized felling of trees will be reinforced in the country. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on April 22, 2020 that it will collaborate with the State Attorney General's Office in the fight against this type of activity that endangers the flora and fauna of Ecuador.
To address these issues, a specialized unit will be designed and implemented in the Office of the Prosecutor for wildlife crimes. USAID will provide technical assistance, as part of the project Strengthening the Governance of Natural Resources in Ecuador, and the World Wide Fund for Nature Ecuador (WWF) will support this work. Through this unit, the aim is to stop activities such as the trafficking of Galapagos tortoises or to contain the massive export of shark fins.
(above: Over 100 baby giant tortoises were discovered in a suitcase earlier this year)
Another initiative is to strengthen its IT infrastructure. Michael J. Fitzpatrick, United States Ambassador to Ecuador, says that the protection of the environment has become a central issue in the public policy, both internal and external, of the United States Government. In addition, he affirmed that President Joe Biden is committed to the fight against climate change. Among the initiatives carried out by the United States Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador is the training of 10 prosecutors. Two of these participated in environmental crime management issues and eight in the fight against wildlife trafficking.
This content has been originally published by Diario EL COMERCIO at the following address: