The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“Service”) mission 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 projects that deliver measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world.
The goal of the Service’s Caribbean Program is to conserve priority species, habitats, and ecological processes across landscapes with high biodiversity value in the Caribbean Region. The objectives of the Caribbean Program are:
- To reduce underlying threats and address the human elements of biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean by supporting the implementation of on-the-ground projects;
- To conserve the flora and fauna of the Caribbean Region by strengthening the ability of local institutions, decision-makers, and civil society to deliver enduring conservation actions; and
- To maximize conservation impact by developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders at the local, national, regional, and international levels
- The objectives of this anticipated cooperative agreement are to:
- Strengthen the technical capacity of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in the Eastern
- Caribbean to investigate, detect and disrupt poaching and trafficking of endemic species;
- Increase the capacity of targeted LEAs to integrate international anti-wildlife crime approaches and conventions into the national policies, strategies and practices; and
- Facilitate interagency, national, and regional collaboration to combat wildlife crime in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $600,000
- Award Ceiling: $600,000
- Award Floor: $600,000
- Desired project outcomes include:
- A university-accredited course and training curricula for law enforcement professionals is implemented;
- National, regional, and international collaboration against wildlife crime is strengthened;
- Counter-wildlife trafficking policy and enforcement implementation loopholes are closed; and
- National-level legislations on illegal trade of wildlife are updated.
- The project should be implemented in the eligible countries in the Eastern Caribbean: Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. If work is to be conducted in the United States, the proposal must show a clear impact on biodiversity conservation in the eligible countries.
- Applicants under this program can be multi-national secretariats, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations, community and Indigenous organizations, and U.S. and foreign public and private institutions of higher education.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply under this Notice of Funding Opportunity. In addition, tuition for individuals and field expenses for projects carried out in support of masters, doctorate degrees, and post-doctoral research are not eligible under this Notice of Funding Opportunity.
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