The United States, with the benefit of some of the world’s largest and oldest agriculture, natural resource and wildlife agencies, is singularly situated to share its experiences and expertise in assisting willing nations to build their national institutional capacities according to their own particular brand of conservation and economic development.
The growing economic prosperity and path toward sustained growth in developing countries present a rare opportunity to integrate wildlife and resource conservation with efforts to improve human livelihoods. A key component of a nation’s ability to avail of this opportunity is the strength and resilience of its institutional capacity, i.e., its laws and policies and governance of public and private institutions and civil society. It is imperative that these nations receive dedicated and sustained assistance in building an institutional infrastructure capable of tackling the challenges of competing interests, mitigating outside threats, and matching wildlife conservation objectives with economic opportunities for human communities.
A committed effort to develop institution capacity would require dedicated and sustained technical assistance in reviewing laws, policies, institutions, programs, in training personnel, and in recommending improvements where appropriate.