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The Council advises the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), regarding the six Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize competitions.
The Prize competitions encourage technological innovation with the potential to advance the mission of the Service in the following areas of concern: 1) preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, 2) promoting wildlife conservation, 3) managing, 4) protecting endangered species, 5) managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and 6) reducing human-predator conflict.
The Statutes establish six Advisory Boards (Boards) to help implement the Prizes. These Boards are responsible for selecting topics; issuing problem statements; consulting with Federal stakeholders; and advising prize winners regarding opportunities to pilot and implement winning technologies. Each Board must be made up of no fewer than nine members, appointed by the Secretary.
Additionally, under the Statutes, the Boards have an advisory duty to: develop recommendations for the Secretary regarding opportunities for technological innovation to assist in addressing the statutes’ six areas of concern. Establishment of the Council facilitates FACA compliance for the performance of the Boards’ role advising the Secretary. Visit the Federal Advisory Committee Website.
The Council must be composed of not fewer than 12 members, and not more than 18 members, appointed by the Secretary, who have expertise in:
- Wildlife trafficking and trade;
- Wildlife conservation and management;
- Endangered species;
- Invasive species;
- Nonlethal wildlife management;
- Social aspects of human-wildlife conflict management;
- Predator-human interactions;
- Habitats of large predators;
- Technology development;
- Business development and management; and
- Any other discipline that the Secretary determines to be necessary to achieve the purposes of the Council.
The Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions engage the public to help address six important issues: preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, promoting wildlife conservation, managing, protecting endangered species, managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and reducing human-predator conflict.
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