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Support to Strengthen Wildlife Law Enforcement


The Lao PDR has recently been receiving a lot of attention by the international community with regard to the issue of illegal wildlife trade. The Lao PDR has been identified by many observers as a transit country for the illegal trade of wildlife products coming from Africa and ultimately destined for China and Vietnam. Recent reports have also identified that the Lao PDR is becoming a consuming country for items such as ivory, rhinoceros horns and tiger products, predominantly purchased by tourists coming from neighboring Thailand, China and Vietnam. Most recently, in July 2016, the CITES secretariat made a visit to the Lao PDR and subsequently published a report highlighting the most urgent actions to be taken by the Lao PDR to comply with its international obligations under CITES.  

At the CITES COP 17 in Johannesburg, September 2016, the Lao PDR announced its intention to discuss ways of phasing out its tiger and bear farms. This announcement was very much welcomed by all conservation parties, including WWF. This activity comes in direct support of this dynamic approach led by the Government of Laos and seeks to support the Government’s initiatives to stop illegal wildlife trade in the country.

 

The overall goal of the Activity is to support the Government of Laos to address illegal wildlife trade in key markets and trade hubs in the country. The Activity also aims to support awareness and information-sharing, strengthen law enforcement, and enhance international cooperation for key government agencies in Lao PDR

This activity is also to provide support for Lao PDR Government agencies, through the Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI) as lead agency of Lao-WEN, to participate in relevant regional and international meetings on illegal wildlife trade.

 

 
 
	© Bounpone Sookmexay / WWF-Laos
Country Director of WWF-Laos and Director of the Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI) Sign a Memorandum of Agreement on Support to Strengthen Wildlife Law Enforcement and Cross-Border Cooperation Activity.
© Bounpone Sookmexay / WWF-Laos
 
	© Bounpone Sookmexay / WWF-Laos
Representatives from the Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI) and WWF-Laos meet to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.
© Bounpone Sookmexay / WWF-Laos

HANOI CONFERENCE ON ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE: 17-18 November 2016

The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade is held in Ha Noi, which endorsed prioritized actions in promoting the international community to combatting illegal wildlife trade of fauna and flora.

 

The Conference, chaired by Dr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam, and attended by H.E Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice State President of Viet Nam,; H.E Sonxay Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister of Lao PDR; the Duke of Cambridge and H.E Yury Fedotov, Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations; world leaders from 47 nations and heads of 07 international and UN agencies, commit to help save iconic species from the brink of extinction by implementing collaborative measures to combat illegal wildlife trade.

(Click on the photo to view more information of the conferecne and attached PDF file for the press release) 

 
	© Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2016
Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2016
© Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2016

Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Makes Tigers a Farm-to-Table Meal

The New York Times reports on the open wildlife markets in Northern Laos -- focusing on the Golden Triangle region where Myanmar, Thailand Laos intersect. WWF-Greater Mekong is working with partners and governments to close down these markets that are openly selling endangered species such as tigers, bears, pangolin and elephant ivory.

(Click on the tiger photo to view the full article from New York Times) 

 
 
	© Adam Dean for The New York Times
Tigers caged in a zoo at the Kings Romans casino complex in Laos
© Adam Dean for The New York Times

Wildlife scientists warn against extinction crisis in SE Asian forests, call for new laws against poaching snares

An alarming increase in snares in Southeast Asian forests is pushing many species such as leopards, tigers and saola to the brink of extinction and could lead to “empty forest syndrome,” say leading conservation scientists who are calling for concerted regional action against poaching and the possession of snares.

 

Writing in the prestigious international journal SCIENCE, the authors point to an alarming increase in unsustainable hunting both inside and outside protected areas – driven largely by cheaply made homemade wire snares that kill or maim any animal that encounters them.The authors note that patrols cannot keep up with the pace of snares set by poachers and call for laws that penalize snare possession and the materials used for their construction.

 
	© Lorraine Scotson / Free the Bears
Wildlife scientists warn against extinction crisis in SE Asian forests, call for new laws against poaching snares
© Lorraine Scotson / Free the Bears