The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted an international wildlife trafficking panel discussion in honor of Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s visit to Malawi. Representative McCollum is in Malawi to witness the work that U.S. State Department, USAID, U.S. Forest Service, and other U.S. Government agencies are doing in coordination with the Government of Malawi to put an end to international wildlife trafficking and to preserve Malawi’s natural resources.
The panel featured five of Malawi’s foremost experts on combating wildlife crime, who gave a detailed overview of the complex and important activities that are underway to preserve Malawi’s wildlife for future generations.
Representative McCollum praised the Government of Malawi and experts in attendance saying, “The illegal wildlife trade is now widely viewed as a serious crime in Malawi, carrying a sentence of up to 30 years in prison with no option of a fine. Special congratulations are due to the Government of Malawi for this outstanding work. The U.S. Government values our partnership with the Government of Malawi in these efforts and will continue to support you.”