Environmental crime is a highly profitable and rapidly expanding area of international criminal activity. In the Philippines, environmental crimes, such as illicit trafficking in wildlife, illegal logging, and illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, have broader impacts. In addition to causing species and habitat loss, these crimes threaten food security by depleting fish stocks, forest and other resources, impeding economic development and reducing revenue. Mike MacLeod will discuss how the U.S. Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP), in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development has supported efforts to improve environmental law enforcement in in the Philippines since 2004.
Mike MacLeod, Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement