WashingyonDC: The US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine A. Novelli will host “Voices for the Wild: from Inspiration to Action on Combating Wildlife Trafficking” on ,3 March 2016 at 3:00 p.m.to celebrate World Wildlife Day.
The event will convene prominent filmmakers, producers, artists, and other wildlife storytellers for a panel discussion focusing on strategies for engaging the public in combating illegal trade in wildlife. The discussion will include a sneak preview of the first Annual Progress Assessment of the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, an interagency report that will officially be released on March 3.
A new partnership with the Jackson Hole Film Festival and the International Elephant Film Festival will be announced that will facilitate screenings of award-winning films about wildlife trafficking issues at U.S. embassies for audiences in source, transit, and demand countries. A partnership will also be announced with the Association for Zoos and Aquariums for a series of “Zoohackathons” to be held August 19-20, 2016, which will bring tech solutions to demand reduction and encourage alternative sources of income, such as wildlife-based tourism, for local communities.
The event will conclude with – a first for the State Department – projected images of wildlife, including many threatened species, on the Harry S. Truman building’s C Street façade. The visual event is in partnership with Discovery Communications, Vulcan Productions, and the documentary film Racing Extinction. The goal is to raise awareness of, and spur action on the global threat of wildlife trafficking. Members of the public are able to view the projection show starting at 6.20 pm at 22nd Street in front of the State Department.