Viet Nam looks to Lao for further collaboration on illegal wildlife trade control

Source: Traffic's Press Release
Date: May 23, 2011


23 May 2011, Ha Noi – From 23 to 27 May, the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry and
other relevant authorities are hosting two workshops with government counterparts from Lao PDR to build on recent bilateral efforts to monitor the illegal cross-border trade of wildlife.

The workshops will bring together enforcement authorities from Savannakhet and
Khammouane Provinces in Lao PDR and bordering Quang Tri and Quang Binh Provinces in
Viet Nam. The organization of these workshops is one of the priorities under the
Collaboration Plan on protecting forests, monitoring and halting illegal timber and wildlife
trade and smuggling in the period 2009 – 2012 signed by the Viet Nam Administration of
Forestry and Lao Department of Forestry in 2009.

The aim is to develop a plan for improved collaboration and information exchange to halt
illegal hunting and trafficking of wildlife along the border in those provinces.

Last month the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry co-ordinated with the People’s
Committee of Tay Ninh Province to hold a similar meeting with Cambodian authorities,
which established and strengthened bilateral commitments to conserve nature and halt illegal trade between the two countries at the provincial level.

“These workshops offer a timely and important platform for collaboration with Lao on the
issue of illegal wildlife trade,” said Dr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Director of the Viet Nam
Administration of Forestry. “We look forward to continued co-operation with counterparts in Lao, Cambodia and other countries in the region and the world to improve the effectiveness of CITES implementation and the control of wildlife trade.”

The meetings will take place in Quang Tri and Quang Binh provinces in North Central Viet
Nam. The international border gates in this area play an important role in the trade between Lao PDR and Viet Nam, and are also considered hot spots of illegal wildlife trafficking across the border.

Mr. Sulma Warne, TRAFFIC’s Greater Mekong Programme Co-ordinator said the workshops
were, “a demonstration of serious effort by the Vietnamese government to halt the regional illegal wildlife trade.”

“Viet Nam is clearly emerging as a leader in the Greater Mekong region in the hosting of
bilateral talks on wildlife trade and is very much in keeping with commitments made under the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (WEN),” he added.

NOTES
• The workshops are being hosted by the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry under
the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with technical support from
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and the Wildlife Conservation
Society. It is part of the “Tiger Futures: Mainstreaming Conservation in Large
Landscapes” project funded by the World Bank’s GEF programme. The first
workshop will be 23-24 May in Dong Ha town and the second will be 26-27 May in
Dong Hoi city.
• TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild
plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a joint
programme of WWF and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
More information at: www.traffic.org


For more information, please contact:
CITES Management Authority of Viet Nam
A3, 2 Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel. +84 4 3733 5676; Fax: +84 4 3734 6742, Email: cites_vn.kl@mard.gov.vn;
fpdvn@hn.vnn.vn
Sarah Morgan, Communications Officer, TRAFFIC Greater Mekong Programme, Tel. +84 4
3726 1575 Ext 204, E-mail: smorgan@traffic.netnam.vn

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