USAID Wildlife Asia Activity
Under subcontract to RTI, Integra supported USAID/RDMA’s Wildlife Asia Activity under Objectives 2 and 3, to strengthen regional law enforcement capacity and increase commitment to addressing combatting wildlife trafficking in the region. This work included supporting and promoting science and technology to improve regional action and coordination to end wildlife crime.
In 2017, Integra conducted an applied political economy analysis (PEA) in order to identify the incentives and disincentives stakeholders have for cooperating on law enforcement to combat wildlife crime, across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Applied PEA is a field-based tool that provides important context for structuring development activities so that they respond to local interests and initiatives within a given political and economic context. Through this PEA, Integra identified various risks and opportunities associated with USAID/UWA investment in strengthening regional cooperation, as well as provided a stakeholder analysis of those who would likely support or work against these efforts. Recommendations provided the report were intended to help UWA mitigate these risks, leading to several changes in their work plan that will likely yield more impactful results for the activity overall.
Integra has also identified and developed several technologies to help support UWA in their effort to strengthen regional law enforcement. This work has included the development of a mobile application for combating the trafficking of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammal. The field guide and mobile application will assist law enforcement officers in identifying pangolins, pangolin parts, and their country of origin. The Pangolin ID Species Guide is currently available for download using both iOs and Android platforms. Moving forward, Integra will continue to support the objectives of USAID Wildlife Asia activity through our expertise in mobile and web-based technology.