What Is The Wildlife Innovation And Longevity Driver ( WILD Act?

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Overview and Mandated Provisions
The Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act was introduced with the aim of improving and maintaining global biodiversity by addressing four critical issues: habitat loss, invasive species, and wildlife poaching/trafficking. The WILD Act addresses these issues through four provisions: 1) establishing the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prizes, 2) reauthorizing the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), 3) amending the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), and 4) reauthorizing the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFWP) (S. 826 - WILD Act, 2017).

Key Unresolved Issues
The WILD Act reauthorizes the existing Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Multinational Species
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This report presents three program design options to fill that gap.

Program Design Core: A National Plan for Invasive Species Management
All program design options will include:
The National Invasive Species Council (NISC)’s guidelines for Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR), to fulfill the bill’s requirement for prevention of invasive species introduction and spread (Norton, Veneman, and Evans, 2003)
Consideration of feasibility and cost-effectiveness of management techniques, as indicated through results of prior implementation
The development of a strategic plan for 9 federal departments and 5 federal agencies to address both economic and ecological harm from invasive species

Program Option 1: Prioritization by Economic Cost of Damages
This program design creates the national plan for invasive species management by prioritizing resource allocation toward targeting those invasive species that cause the greatest cost in the form of monetary damage. This method will use the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s estimates for economic losses caused by invasive species (Pimentel, Zuniga, and Morrison, 2005). Such costs include the cost to repair damaged infrastructure such as water systems and power grids, the loss of food crops outcompeted by invasive species, and lost local income when invasive species decimate
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