SOUTH AMERICA HUB FY07 WORK PLAN

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SIPDIS

DEPT PASS USAID TO LAC/RSD, LAC/SAM, G/ENV, PPC/ENV
TREASURY FOR USED IBRD AND IDB AND INTL/MDB
USDA FOR FOREST SERVICE: L MAHEW
INTERIOR FOR DIR INT AFFAIRS: K WASHBURN
INTERIOR FOR FWS: TOM RILEY
INTERIOR PASS USGS FOR INTERNATIONAL: J WEAVER
JUSTICE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES: JWEBB
EPA FOR INTERNATIONAL: CAM HILL-MACON
USDA FOR ARS/INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH: G FLANLEY
NSF FOR INTERNATIONAL: H STOLBERG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV,QGR, EAID, TBIO, ECON, SOCI, XR, BR
SUBJECT: SOUTH AMERICA HUB FY07 WORK PLAN

REF: STATE 177739


SUMMARY


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1. In FY 07, the South America Hub will continue to work both
regionally and with individual missions to support USG ESTH
priorities within the region. Due to the large number of free trade
and environmental cooperation agreements in the region, the Hub will
devote considerably more energy and resources to those activities.
Working within the new framework for foreign assistance and
promoting our various partnerships in the region will also be
priority areas for the Hub. The following work plan is not all
inclusive, but illustrates the primary activities that will be the
focus of the Hub during FY-07. END SUMMARY.


Goals and Objectives


2. Support efforts to implement U.S./Chile Environmental
Cooperation Agreement Work Program. Explore opportunities for
partnerships with Chile on the work program projects and with
expanding these programs to other countries in the region. Support
individual project development, e.g., establishment of Sister Parks
arrangement between Torres del Paine and Yosemite and the
development of the judicial training program. Metric: Number of
ECA Work Program projects implemented; number of projects
implemented that include regional component. Torres del
Paine/Yosemite Sister Parks arrangement concluded and have at least
one visit from Yosemite to Torres del Paine.

3. Support development and implementation of ECA Work Plans in Peru
and Colombia. Metric: ECA’s are signed and ratified. Meetings
begin in both Peru and Colombia and basic work plans are
constructed. Initial activities take place.

4. Use Chile Sister Parks program to reinvigorate
Pantanal-Everglades sister parks program in Brazil and expand this
program to include Paraguay and Bolivia as well. Metric: Hold
meeting in Pantanal with all three governments to go over type of
MOU or LOA they would need with the Everglades. NOTE: This would

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necessitate additional funding to bring the participants together
unless we worked this agreement bilaterally with each country. END
NOTE.

5. Conduct Voluntary Visitor program for forestry professors
together with USAID and the Tropical Forest Trust. Metric: Send 10
professors to the US and obtain training. Increased treatment of
non-traditional forestry issues such as certification and the
utilization of lesser known species in their courses. Increased
cooperation between US Forest Service and national forestry programs
in South America.

6. ESTH, Mission Planning and Foreign Assistance Reform: Actively
engage and serve as a resource to ESTHOff’s and USAID environment
programs in advocating for inclusion of ESTH issues in Mission
Strategic Plans and in Foreign Assistance Operating Plans. Metric:
Number of MSPs addressing ESTH issues; Resources allocated for
ESTH-related foreign assistance programming.

7. Wildlife Trafficking and Other Environmental Crime: Support
expansion and implementation of CAWT initiative in the Western
Hemisphere, pursuant to OES direction. Work with Venezuela,
Colombia, and Bolivia (among others) through NAS to sponsor wildlife
trafficking programs using the Brazil program as a model. Build on
Chile’s leadership of CITES General Standing Committee, ECA Work
Program focus on wildlife trafficking, and interest in CAWT, to
engage them as reliable partners in the region. Metric: Hold the
wildlife trafficking training then conduct six month follow-up see
that they are still capable of conducting operations. Partners
added to CAWT depending on interest from OES. In addition, report
on any anecdotal information in the region on successful
anti-trafficking campaigns, and of linkages between wildlife
trafficking or other environmental crimes and other types of
international crimes (drugs, TIP) and official corruption.

8. Support Paraguay/Brazil efforts to build environmental
enforcement cooperation in follow up to 2006 training in Ciudad del
Este. Metric: Increased cooperation in tri-border region as
measured by meetings and enforcement activities.

9. New intranet website for Hub to compile ESTH information in a
more user friendly format. Metric: Website populated and kept up
to date through end of fiscal year. Positive feedback from users.

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10. USAID Amazon Basin Conservation Initiative (ABCI) up and
running. Continue to provide overall political advice to program
and work with USAID as a member of the Advisory Panel. Metric:
Buy-in by Government of Brazil to the program and design phase is
successfully concluded without any political fall-out. Active and
supportive role played by the Amazon Country Treaty Organization.

11. Continue to work on Avian Influenza issues and seek ways to
improve regional cooperation. Metric: Posts in South America
increase interactions with national POCs on Avian Influenza and
conduct trainings or strategy meetings.

12. OES-I Programming: Metric: Successfully disburse all funding
and work closely with OES Points of Contact to fulfill the mission
of each project. Develop project proposals to support partnerships
identified for OES funding in FY 07 and 08.

13. Work with Southcom on developing a South American-wide
conference on environmental security issues. Metric: Conduct
conference with not only mil-mil, but also civ-mil cooperation.
Increase South-South cooperation on issues such as forest fire
management.

14. Supporting S&T agreements and MOUs between governments in South
America and USG technical agencies such as USGS. Metric: Signed
MOU between Brazilian institutions and USGS. Signed S&T agreement
between the US and Uruguay.

15. Earth Day activities (April 22) Metric: Earth Day activities
in a majority of South American posts.

16. Attend Regional ESTH-related events throughout South America and
provide OES with cables on these events. Metric: Overall increase
in ESTH reporting from the region to OES.

17. Utilize Public Affairs to provide opinion pieces in local
media. Metric: Place at least three opinion pieces related to ESTH
issues in papers in South America.

19. Support partnerships such as ICRI, M2M, and others in the
region.

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General Resources Needed


20. As was indicated in an earlier message, depending on the amount
of support the Hub needs to provide for the creation and
implementation of the work plans in Peru and Colombia, we would be
able to send an FSN from the Hub for extended TDYs to Peru and
Colombia to work on these issues especially the formulation of the
Environmental Commission and the implementation of the work plan.
In our earlier message we indicated that if Peru and Colombia could
provide office space and a TDY apartment, we could provide an FSN a
total of 6 times for two weeks each time for approximately 10,000.
Without the additional funding, the Hub will be able to visit, but
will not have the flexibility to spend a total of 6 weeks in each
country only working on these issues.


Calendar of Anticipated Events and Travel


21. Chile: FTA/ECA meetings October 23-31
Brazil: TEDs trip to Fortaleza December 2-6
Brazil: First South American Fishers Forum Meeting in Sao Paulo
(OES-I Qded) December 11-14
Colombia: Jan. 15-19 FTA/ECA preliminary work
Peru: ABCI planning meeting in Lima Jan. 21
Suriname: February NOAA/CDC project in Paramaribo
Peru: February- 26-30 OES-I dolphin project plus FTA/ECA work
Chile: March- Potential meeting in Torres del Paine regarding ECA
work plan
Bolivia: March
Paraguay: April- Look at triborder environmental programs and
follow-on to OES sponsored EPA training. Earth Day activity
possible.
Guyana/Venezuela: May
Ecuador: June
Brazil: July- Pantanal project if progressing
Peru/Colombia: August- (6 months after preliminary meetings
depending on where things stand with FTA/ECA)
Brazil: August- Southcom meeting in Rio
Argentina: September- 2nd Latin American Congress on National Parks
and other Protected Areas.

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Uruguay: September- Add on to above trip to finalize S&T agreement
(depending on status of negotiations).


Training and Capacity Building


22. Larissa Stoner December 4-15 PE221 - ESTH Training for FSNs.
Gislaine Disconzi September PE-305 ESTH Tradecraft if funds remain.

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