We envision a world where all people value nature and conserve living resources for the well-being of life on Earth.

Orchid. Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

The Service’s International Affairs program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. The Service has international responsibilities under some 40 treaties and U.S. laws and regulations. Located within International Affairs, the Wildlife Without Borders program and the International Wildlife Trade program promote conservation across the globe. The programs work with private citizens, local communities, other Federal and State agencies and foreign governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, scientific and conservation organizations, industry groups and other interested parties to ensure effective implementation of treaties and laws, and the global conservation of species.

Working with partners around the world to conserve species and their ecosystems, International Affairs:

  • Administers an extensive grant program supporting human and institutional capacity building and conservation research
  • Provides technical assistance to wildlife managers in other countries
  • Helps to conserve species at risk through the regulation of international trade
  • Works closely with States and Native American tribes to help ensure conservation of U.S. species in international trade