USAID Program Boosts Wildlife Enforcement, Awareness in Asia
Ten-fold Increase in Enforcement Actions and Evidence of Consumer Behavior Change Spotlight Hope for Wildlife
A five-year, U.S.-sponsored program to combat wildlife trafficking in Asia has significantly increased law enforcement collaboration and public awareness while reducing endangered species sales in several hotspots, experts announced at a press conference in Bangkok on September 15, 2016.
Working across Southeast Asia and China, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) program tackled the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in endangered species amid new signs of positive shifts in consumer behavior.
On this page, you can find everything you need to know about USAID ARREST.
- Download the press release here (0.7Mb)
- Download the Closing Ceremony presentation here (17Mb)
- Download the ARREST Frontline Flash Success Stories here (22Mb)
- Download the ARREST Infographics here (26Mb)
- Download the Freeland Brochoure here (2.7Mb)
- Download all of the tools from the ARREST Program here
Videos of the closing ceremony
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