What We Do
The International Affairs Program protects wildlife and habitats around the world through distinct but complementary approaches: by providing financial and technical support and partnerships to combat threats to wildlife habitats and strengthen capacity for conservation around the world; by implementing domestic laws and international treaties, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and providing policy leadership on international wildlife trade and on combating wildlife trafficking; by issuing permits that allow individuals, organizations, businesses, and others to engage in legal, sustainable trade and participate in international wildlife conservation in numerous ways; and by bringing the perspective of wildlife and conservation to interagency work around preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases and adapting to .
Our Laws and Regulations
Our work is mandated through some 40 domestic laws, international treaties, and other multilateral agreements. Some of these include the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Multinational Species Conservation Acts, Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act, Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen's Protective Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management, Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), Western Hemisphere Convention, Wild Bird Conservation Act, Lacey Act (injurious wildlife), and Cartagena Convention and the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW).