Countering Wildlife Trafficking in Central and South America

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a project to counter wildlife trafficking (which may include illegal logging) in specified countries in Central and South America.

Wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes are lucrative forms of transnational organized crime (TOC). Traffickers exploit porous borders and weak institutions to profit from the illegal trade as wildlife and wildlife products are transported through multilevel illicit networks of criminal intermediaries and government officials. As the world’s most biodiverse continent, home to roughly 40% of the world’s plant and animal species, Latin America is a hub for the criminal trade in wildlife. Wildlife trafficking is increasing in most countries in Latin America, with Criminal organizations increasingly involved in this illicit trade and the cross-border movement of wildlife from source countries to demand countries. Wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes fuel corruption, threaten the rule of law and peace and security, spread disease, and destabilize communities that depend on wildlife for biodiversity and eco-tourism revenues.

Project Goal: Reduce poaching and trafficking of protected wildlife and their parts originating from, transiting through, and/or sold in Latin America. INL seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society and governments in targeted countries to detect, investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate wildlife trafficking cases, with a focus on promoting inter-agency, cross-border, and transcontinental collaboration, and strengthening capacity to prosecute facilitative and ancillary crimes.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: July 22, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply: • U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs); • U.S.-based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; • Foreign-based non-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs); • Foreign-based educational institutions

Amount Description

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $1,250,000 to a maximum of 1,500,000

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 22, 2022