USAID Helps Vietnam Develop a New Policy on Seizure of Illegally Trafficked Wildlife Products

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Vietnam’s policy on handling confiscated wildlife products, originally issued in 2008, had many shortcomings which caused difficulties for law enforcement and animal rescue centers as they worked to support trafficked animals. To address this, USAID Saving Species supported Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to develop a new, comprehensive policy on the management of wildlife products and protection of forest animals. These new procedures enhance the process for collecting administrative and criminal evidence from the time of confiscation until criminal proceedings have been completed. In addition, this new policy, issued by MARD on December 31, also provides a unique element that allows for individuals/organizations to willingly hand over illegally trafficked wildlife.

So What? With USAID assistance, this new policy will increase the effectiveness of wildlife protection, rescue, and release in Vietnam, while supporting the Indo-Pacific Vision  for reducing transnational environmental crime.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

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