[Coral-List] Grants for Combating Trafficking of Marine Turtles in East and SE Asia

Eileen Alicea - NOAA Affiliate eileen.alicea at noaa.gov
Wed Dec 19 13:59:05 UTC 2018

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Combating the Trafficking of Marine Turtles in East and Southeast Asia
Deadlines: November 26, 2018 and April 1, 2019

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is to work with
others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The
International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its
financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver
measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats
around the world.
Wildlife trafficking is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar business
involving the unlawful harvest and trade of animals and plants. It has
broad security implications, with corruption and sophisticated
transnational crime syndicates at the center of poaching and trafficking.
In East and Southeast Asia, hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are
illegally harvested and trafficked to supply the demand for shells, meat,
and eggs. The high rate of poaching and trafficking is threatening the
survival of the hawksbill turtle, which is listed as critically endangered
on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. This
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) aligns with the USFWS mission and the
Secretary of the Interior's priority to create a conservation stewardship
legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt.
The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity is to provide financial
assistance to projects that address the trafficking of hawksbill turtles in
East and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China). Priority will be given to projects
that address one or more of the following results:
*Reduction in the illegal killing and trafficking of hawksbill turtles in
East and Southeast Asia through increased community-based protection
activities on key marine turtle nesting beaches;
*Improved understanding of marine turtle trafficking routes and main
transit points in order to better target law enforcement operations;
*Enhanced application and enforcement of existing laws and prohibitions
against marine turtle trafficking;
*Development and promotion of evidence-based behavior change strategies to
reduce demand for marine turtle products in East and Southeast Asia.

For details on how to apply:

Grantor Contact Information: Devon Larson 703-358-2134, devon_larson at fws.gov

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