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Guiding Principles for Technical Assistance and Exchange

The Office of International Affairs has planned and facilitated the National Park Service’s technical assistance and training efforts provided to countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Listed below are the guiding principles that the Office of International Affairs utilizes when developing and/or evaluating international technical assistance proposals.

Proposed technical assistance activities enable the National Park Service to:

Resource Protection

Protected Areas Management

Planning and Community Outreach

International activities should provide the following benefits to the National Park Service:

Listed below are guidelines for project selection:

All proposed NPS international activities must be developed in accordance with the NPS International Strategic Plan, developed in 2003-2004. In particular, all proposed international projects and/or travel must address the following "Evaluation Factors:"

More information on the NPS International Strategic Plan is available here.

Note: The National Park Service recognizes the sovereignty of its key international partners and involves them, as well as strategic stakeholders, in the planning process to determine their needs and alternative strategies for addressing those needs.