Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade threatens global biodiversity and environmental stability. The illicit wildlife trade is the fourth largest illegal trade – behind narcotics, human trafficking and counterfeiting. Motivating change to reduce this trade is difficult. Effective action is urgently needed at both sides of supply and demand to reduce the trade and protect some of the most world’s most valuable species and ecosystems.
Behavioral insights provide a unique opportunity to address this challenge. While policy reform and enforcement are critically important, so too are changes by key actors across the supply chains.
We asked organizations across Latin America and the Caribbean: How have you reduced the illegal and/or unsustainable trade of wildlife? Ten finalists with behavior-centered solutions have been determined - check them out below! Voting is now closed as we tally up the votes!
If you applied for the Prevenir/Prevent side prize, here's a note from the Prevenir team: USAID Prevent has selected: (1) Comunidad Nativa Central Arenal, (2) Conservation X Labs, (3) Panthera, and (4) Taricaya Eco Reserve as finalists for the Peruvian Amazon Innovation Side Challenge. The two winners from this shortlist will be selected in August 2023 and announced over the coming weeks. Implementation of field testing from these organizations are expected to run from September 2023 until March 2024.
Contest Details & Prizes
How were entries for this Solution Search judged?
Context AnalysisClear description of the challenges and of the context in which it operates and the challenges it faces.
SolutionsThe solution is fully developed, addresses contest question and implemented at some scale.
ActionClear, concrete steps in implementation. Engaged key partners and stakeholders along the way. Entrant understands how actions could connect to external initiatives as well.
SustainabilitySustainable solution that can continue into the future.
ReplicabilityExtent to which the solution can be replicated by other communities.
ResultsStrong results associated with conservation, climate change and behavior change - and any additional co-benefits, such as economic, food security/nutrition and water.
Return on investmentPositive return (financial, social, or other) associated with investment in the solution, and results reasonable in comparison to the investment.
Who will judge this contest?
Juan Camilo Cárdenas
Adrian Forsyth, Ph.D.
Dino Delgado Gutierrez
Monica Wills Silva
Frequently Asked Questions
What counts as a “behavior”?
Distinguishing between beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors is important.
Beliefs are what you know or accept to be true. Attitudes are what you think is good or bad. Intentions are what you plan or intend to do, and behaviors are what you actually do.
Behavior change may involve changing people’s beliefs, attitudes or intentions, but the end result of what people end up doing (or not doing) is what we are interested in most.
How do I know which behavior lever I am utilizing?
The behavior levers oftentimes work together, so there may be multiple levers at play in your intervention. For example, your program may be motivating people to abide by an anti-littering law (rules and regulations) by making it socially unacceptable to litter (social influences).
Explore this page on behavior.rare.org to learn more about each lever.
What is the timeline for this contest?
November 23, 2022: Open for entries
March 30, 2023: Entry deadline
March - April 2023: Judging
June 22, 2023: Voting period begins; USAID Prevent Side Challenge final selection of solutions
July 2023: USAID Prevent Side Challenge Innovative Solutions Pilot begins
September/October 2023: Finalist workshops, networking events, and awards ceremony. Dates to be finalized shortly
Who is eligible to enter the Solution Search contest?
Any organization or institution operating in Latin America and/or the Caribbean* is eligible (e.g. city government, business, non-profit, university, etc.). Individuals are not eligible to enter. Entries must focus on activities happening in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. Prize funds must go directly to these eligible in-country operations.
For the USAID/Prevent Peruvian Amazon Innovation Side Challenge, organizations must be registered and based in the United States and/or Peru. Innovative Solutions will be tested in the Peruvian regions of Loreto, Ucayali and/or Madre de Dios.
*Specific locations and countries must be eligible to receive US government funding.
What is the USAID/Peru Prevent Project?
USAID/Peru Prevent, implemented by DAI Global, supports the Government of Peru, civil society and the private sector, to improve the conditions to prevent and combat environmental crimes in the Peruvian Amazon. To this end, Prevent works through a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach, including strengthening the justice system, leveraging science and technology, monitoring and protecting flora and fauna, analyzing costs and proposing economic incentives, including environmental and social safeguards, in the process of formalizing artisanal and small-scale mining, and implementing public awareness and information campaigns. Find more information on the project´s initiatives in the following website: https://preveniramazonia.pe/.