Clone of Combating Wildlife Trafficking - Marine Turtle

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world. 

Wildlife trafficking is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar business involving the unlawful harvest and trade of animals and plants. It has broad security implications, with corruption and sophisticated transnational crime syndicates at the center of poaching and trafficking. In East and Southeast Asia, hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are illegally harvested and trafficked to supply the demand for shells, meat, and eggs. The high rate of poaching and trafficking is threatening the survival of the hawksbill turtle, which is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. 

Priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following results: • Reduction in the illegal killing and trafficking of hawksbill turtles in East and Southeast Asia through increased community-based protection activities on key marine turtle nesting beaches; • Improved understanding of marine turtle trafficking routes and main transit points in order to better target law enforcement operations; • Enhanced application and enforcement of existing laws and prohibitions against marine turtle trafficking; • Development and promotion of evidence-based behavior change strategies to reduce demand for marine turtle products in East and Southeast Asia. 

Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants under this program can be: individuals, multi-national secretariats, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations, community and indigenous organizations, U.S. and foreign public and private institutions of higher education, and U.S. and foreign for-profit organizations. 



Amount Description

This program will use a grant as the assistance instrument. The total amount of funding available is expected to be $300,000 - $500,000; additional funding may become available later in the fiscal year. Funding will support multiple, one-year to two-year grants, with oneyear proposals receiving up to $100,000. Two-year proposals demonstrating strong justification for multi-year support will be considered for funding of up to $200,000 for the entire project period. The amount of funding requested must match the scope of the activities, the anticipated results, and the length of the project period. The period of performance for projects starts on the date the award is signed by the USFWS. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 19, 2019