USAID Helps Vietnam Combat Wildlife Trafficking Through Strengthening Policies and Law Enforcement

Speeches Shim

Friday, April 30, 2021

Since joining the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1994, Vietnam has continued strengthening its policy and legal framework, which has led to better control of wildlife related activities, job creation, public awareness, and improved biodiversity and environmental protection. However, there are some persistent challenges in combating the illegal wildlife trade, including conflicting penal and administrative regulations, increasing illegal wildlife trade volume and complexity, inefficient handling of confiscated wildlife specimens, and the limited capacity of Vietnam’s legal enforcement force.

On April 16, the National Assembly’s Science, Technology and Environment Committee (STEC) and the USAID Saving Species project co-organized a workshop on actions to address limitations in CITES implementation in Vietnam. Approximately 60 experts and representatives from STEC and other relevant ministries and agencies participated in the workshop. Representatives of law enforcement agencies and research institutions provided recommendations to lawmakers and STEC to address difficulties in implementing CITES, such as the need to harmonize existing legal documents, increase wildlife demand reduction campaigns, and strengthen the capacity and coordination of the enforcement force, including customs and forest rangers.

USAID’s support for policymakers in monitoring the implementation of CITES will support strengthened regulatory frameworks and enforcement for the reduction of transnational environmental crime in Vietnam.

Last updated: April 30, 2021

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