WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India and the United States on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the nation’s efforts in wildlife conservation and combatting the trafficking of wildlife.

Shri Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States and Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth signed the MoU on behalf of the country’s respective governments.

Both India and the U.S. for years have recognized that their nation’s wildlife are living increasingly under threat due to habitat loss and illegal harvesting and trading. Outlines of the MoU will seek to enhance the protection of critical habitats, and both sides have committed to cooperate regionally and globally in combatting the illegal trade of wildlife.

“As there is scope for both the countries to share professional expertise to address priority wildlife conservation concerns, the MoU would provide a convenient platform for collaboration,” an official statement said.

The decision by India’s Union Cabinet will help the country gain more expertise in the field by exploiting the resources of the U.S.

“The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between US and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking,” the statement added.

Additionally, the pact seeks cooperation in nature interpretation and conservation awareness, including in the information technology sector.