COMBATTING ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES. Innovative technologies, forensic science, and close coordination with stakeholders drive our approach to combatting wildlife, fisheries, and forest crimes, enabling communities to predict, prevent, and disrupt chains of illegality. We reduce consumer demand for wildlife products by applying tailored social and behavioral change methods. By strengthening judicial capacity, prosecutorial capability, and law enforcement, we help countries reduce the exploitation and trade of trafficked goods. We convene experts and community members to co-create and implement effective counter-trafficking solutions and create positive alternatives to activities such as illegal artisanal gold mining in Colombia.
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION, NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, AND SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES. We convene government officials, local communities, the private sector, academia, and civil society to build systemic solutions to environmental challenges. This allows us to address threats to biodiversity and natural resources and apply integrated, science-based solutions. Our participatory approach focuses on conserving biodiversity, promoting conservation-oriented value chains, reducing deforestation, and improving resource governance. By facilitating public-private partnerships, supporting community-based natural resources management, and promoting sustainable agriculture and tourism, we enable local communities to conserve ecological and cultural heritage while spurring sustainable economic growth. For example, we partner with indigenous communities through the Natural Wealth Program to establish conservation clusters and facilitate the registration and sustainable management of private natural reserves in Colombia.