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Monthly Check-In

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

DOI-International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) Presentation
Tricia Bickley, DOI ITAP

The Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP), a unique and demand-driven federal program, is housed under the DOI Office of the Secretary, Department of International Affairs. ITAP provides technical assistance to countries throughout the world by drawing from the diverse expertise of DOI employees, both past and present. ITAP provides capacity building through on‐site technical assistance, U.S.-based training, one-on-one mentoring, and train the‐trainer workshops. ITAP’s technical assistance delivery is focused on DOI’s core expertise such as natural resource management, parks and protected areas, sustainable tourism, indigenous groups issues and protection, wildlife law enforcement, mitigation and management of natural disasters, energy and water management, mining, and others. ITAP has implemented projects in more than 60 countries and includes both short-term and long-term assignments.
 
Tricia Bickley has worked at ITAP since 2009 and is currently a senior project manager in the Asia and Pacific Islands (API) Program. A previous Peace Corps volunteer, Tricia brings more than 12 years of experience in the field of international development, as well as education in National Resources Management and Geography (GIS), to her projects that focus on environmental management capacity building projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Morocco. She will be sharing details of DOI-ITAP’s work in the Philippines and Morocco at the Monthly Check-in meeting on June 27.
  
Partnership for Biodiversity III, Philippines
DOI-ITAP assists the Philippines government in its biodiversity conservation efforts by continuing to build capacity in the areas of law enforcement (investigations, prosecution & adjudication), ecosystems valuation, biodiversity management planning, and wildlife crime forensics. The program provides assistance by organizing workshops and seminars for Philippines government officials, organizing study tours to the US, and developing a systematic approach to prosecuting environmental cases and monitoring import and exports.
 
Morocco Environmental Cooperation under the U.S./Morocco FTA
DOI-ITAP is undertaking cooperative activities with the Moroccan government in two areas: 1) To mitigate the environmental impacts of Morocco’s tourism sector and to promote the concepts of sustainable tourism in protected areas; and 2) To support the Moroccan management and scientific authorities to strengthen their laws and policies for effective implementation of their new CITES law. With support from ITAP, in February of 2017 Morocco became a Category I country under CITES.

 

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