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The Divisions of Management and Scientific Authority implement provisions of other U.S. wildlife trade laws such as the Wild Bird Conservation Act, Lacey Act (injurious wildlife), Marine Mammal Protection Act, U.S. Endangered Species Act, and the Pelly Amendment of the Fisherman's Protective Act. Management Authority also manages a registry of botanical gardens for the placement of CITES confiscated plants.
The United States has a long-standing commitment to assist other nations in the conservation of wildlife species, both those that share or cross United States’ borders and those whose range is on foreign soil. These obligations are contained in numerous treaties, laws, agreements, and cooperative programs with other nations (i.e. Multinational Species Conservation Acts, Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative , U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trilateral Committee, and Ramsar). Because the planet’s wildlife is of aesthetic, recreational, economic, ecological, spiritual, and cultural benefit to all Earth’s inhabitants, and because U.S. consumer habits and policy have implications for wildlife far beyond our own borders, the USFWS’ International Program (Division of International Conservation) is charged with the responsibility of supporting wildlife conservation initiatives around the globe.
The Division of International Conservation cooperates with domestic and foreign governmental agencies, national and international non-governmental conservation organizations, universities, and other interested parties to conserve wildlife and their habitats. This is accomplished by strengthening the capabilities of local institutions to cultivate and train local nationals to effectively manage natural resources by focusing on enforcement of protected areas, buffer zones, and corridors; catalyzing conservation partnerships at local and international levels to raise public awareness; and promoting communication and information exchange among communities, institutions, and countries.