In May 2014, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies launched a new publication for release at regional association meetings – The AFWA Strategist, which highlights the top issues that the Association is covering. To extend its reach, AFWA will begin distributing The AFWA Strategist to all committee members and we will begin developing special editions focused on AFWA priorities to highlight the breadth of the Association’s work.
The first special edition is The AFWA Strategist: International Relations Issue. Articles include brief updates on the 2014 CITES Meeting; Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee; Canada’s National Conservation Plan; the 2014 Trilateral Committee for Wildlife & Ecosystem Conservation and Management; State Agency Paddlefish Workshop; Sothern Wings Program; US Ramsar National Committee; and a list of upcoming meetings of interest.
AFWA’s International Relations Committee develops positions on international issues; engages in international initiatives, conventions and treaties; and facilitates international cooperation and communication within and between member agencies and partners. AFWA’s Strategic Plan highlights the fundamental importance of international engagement through objectives 2.8, 2.13, 3.7 and 4.9. The International Relations Committee plans to produce a Strategist update on select international issues bi-annually.