On March 3, the U.S. Department of State joined the international community in marking World Wildlife Day. We have compiled a few highlights from our commemorations in Washington and around the world.
To kick-off World Wildlife Day, the U.S. Department of State hosted a Google+ Hangout where Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli discussed wildlife trafficking and other issues with experts from the NGO community. You can watch the hangout here:
In our question of the week series, we asked for your thoughts on how innovation can help combat wildlife crime.
Tell us: how can the international community encourage the development of new tools & ideas to fight wildlife crime? http://t.co/t6vT9thPfd
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 3, 2015
Together, we raised awareness about the plight of pangolins -- the world's most trafficked mammal.
The theme of World Wildlife Day this year was "Lets Get Serious About Wildlife Crime."
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) shared information about thier wildlife crime tech challenge.
— USAID (@USAID) March 3, 2015
The Bureau of International Organization Affairs highlighted how the efforts of international organizations are critical in fighting wildlife crime.
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, who works with law enforcement worldwide to combat wildlife crime, shared important information about the harm in wildlife trafficking.
Several U.S. Ambassador's and their staffs took to twitter to encourage action wildlife crime.
#WorldWildlifeDay & #WangariMaathaiDay w/ @President_KE. Ivory burn pamoja! #SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime #Kenya pic.twitter.com/jCISP4OXA5 — Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) March 3, 2015
We invite you to continue the conversation during our next our next Facebook Q&A. On Friday, March 6, 2015, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield will participate in a live Facebook Q&A on U.S. efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.
For more information:
- Read the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.