I'm writing to you as a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as a constituent.
I strongly urge you to protect biodiversity funding within U.S. foreign aid in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. These programs often operate in areas ravaged by decades of civil and political strife, such as the Republic of Congo. One vivid example of this is occurring now in Africa through the Central African Regional Program for the Environment CARPE.
In the FY18 budget, please help protect beneficial programs like the USAID Biodiversity Program, the USAID Sustainable Landscapes program, the USAID Adaptation program, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds at the USFWS, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s contribution to the World Bank Climate Investment Fund Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, the U.S. contribution to the Global Environment Facility, and the FSIP. It is less expensive to commit to this investment now than a potential military intervention later.
Thank you in advance for your support of these important programs to save gorillas and other wildlife!