Wildlife Without Borders- Latin America and the Caribbean

The Wildlife Without Borders-Latin America and the Caribbean Program focuses on strengthening the ability of Latin American and Caribbean institutions to manage and conserve species, habitats and ecological processes for the benefit of the people of the Americas and the world.

Of particular interest
are projects that build the human and institutional capacity to effectively conserve and manage natural protected areas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Program objectives are: (1) To advance, through capacity building, the transition of protected areas from legally established but under-implemented paper parks to effectively managed landscapes, benefiting species of regional concern; and (2) To develop, strengthen and replicate high-quality conservation training programs that reach the priority audiences associated with protected areas.

The priority audiences for the training supported by this Program include: Protected area managers and administrators; Protected area guards and rangers; Protected area outreach and education specialists; Community leaders (living in and around protected areas); Upper-level students (working on projects in and around protected areas); and Decision-makers who influence protected areas (including private landowners, legislators, and public officials).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Annual summaries of the projects funded under this program can be found at http://www.fws.gov/international/DICprograms/lac.htm.

Hard copies of this information are available upon request from the Division of Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007 the Service funded 39 conservation projects under this program. A summary of each of those projects can be found at the program webpage at http://www.fws.gov/international/DICprograms/lac.htm.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects should take place in Latin America or the Caribbean, ideally in a recognized high priority ecosystem or ecoregion of biome, or a key location associated with flagship, endangered or migratory species of regional concern.

If work is to be conducted outside that region, the proposal must explain why it is preferable that the project is implemented elsewhere.

Funds provided under this program will not be used for the following activities: the purchase of firearms or ammunitions; buying of intelligence information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity; law enforcement operations that prompt suspects to carry out illegal activities so they may be arrested (entrapment); or any activity that would circumvent sanctions, treaties, laws or regulations of either the U. S. or the country in which the activity would occur.

Funds may not be used to provide material support or resources to individuals, entities, or organizations of countries that have been identified by the U. S. Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism.

The countries currently identified are: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977, as amended.

These funds may not be used towards training U. S. Federal Government personnel.