U.S. government international conservation programs play a vital role in maintaining the health of our planet. From USAID to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our government agencies work to conserve at-risk wildlife, protect the earth’s last remaining wild spaces, and provide security and livelihoods to local and indigenous peoples
But that’s not all. Programs to combat wildlife trafficking and the trade in wildlife for human consumption protect vulnerable species and work to end practices that serve as dangerous conduits for disease spillover from animals to humans. International conservation also serves as a form of “national security,” as it seeks to stop the illegal exploitation of natural resources that fosters criminal activities and deprives developing countries of their natural wealth. U.S. international conservation programs make the world safer for all.
Please tell your Senators today: Push to include vital funding for international conservation programming in FY2022 appropriations legislation. Act now.