Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Agencies Are Taking Action to Reduce Demand but Could Improve Collaboration in Southeast Asia, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Wildlife trafficking--illegal trade in wildlife --is estimated to be worth $7 billion to $23 billion annually and, according to State [Department of State], continues to push some protected and endangered animal species to the brink of extinction. In 2013, President Obama issued an executive order that established an interagency Task Force charged with developing a strategy to guide U.S. efforts to combat wildlife trafficking [CWT]. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review U.S. agencies' CWT efforts. GAO's September 2016 report on wildlife trafficking focused on supply side activities ( GAO-16-717) . This report focuses on demand side activities and examines, among other things, (1) what is known about the demand for illegal wildlife and wildlife products in the United States and in Asia and (2) actions agencies are taking to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products in the United States and in Asia. GAO reviewed information from U.S. agencies and international and nongovernmental organizations and interviewed U.S. officials in Washington, D .C. , and Miami, Florida, and U.S. and foreign government officials in China, Thailand, and Vietnam. [...] GAO recommends that Interior [Department of the Interior], State, and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] work to clarify roles and responsibilities for staff collaborating on combating wildlife trafficking efforts in Southeast Asia. Agencies agreed with GAO's recommendations."

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