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Goal, Strategies and Priorities

The goal of the Initiative is to assist developing countries to combat illegal logging, the sale (including for export) of illegally harvested timber products, and corruption in the forest sector. Focusing on three critical regions-Congo Basin, Amazon Basin and Central America and South and South East Asia-the Initiative will emphasize identifying and reducing threats to protected forest areas and other high value conservation forests from illegal logging through four key strategies:

Building a Foundation for Action with Partners

Implementation of the following actions totaling up to $15 million in 2003 will build the foundation for action with partner countries and stakeholders in 2004 and beyond.

Actions in the Congo Basin

Actions in the Amazon Basin and Central America

Actions in South and Southeast Asia

Global Actions

Initial U.S. Partners:

Departments of State (lead agency), Treasury, Justice, Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service, Agriculture - Forest Service, Commerce and Homeland Security, US Agency for International Development, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Office of the US Trade Representative, Smithsonian Institution, US-based industry and conservation groups.

"Illegal logging and bad environmental management equate to billions of dollars each year in lost revenue-billions, billions of dollars that, instead, could be used by governments to build schools, to get rid of debt, or to lift millions out of misery and poverty."
-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Earth Day remarks, April 22, 2003.

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