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ASEAN-WEN Newsletter, Vol.4/2010



Campaign Against Wildlife Trafficking Launched in Manila

Banners and streamers printed with “Wildlife Trafficking Stops Here” will be unfolded on December 14, 2010 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila  to signal the start of  a more aggressive campaign against wildlife trafficking.  With eye catching photos of endangered wildlife, travelers will be informed about the illegality of exploiting transporting species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  The campaign also urges travelers not to buy endangered species and to report wildlife crime to the authorities.  The launching event will include information seminars for airport personnel to enhance their knowledge on wildlife collection, transportation and trade requirements, and to train them to better detect and prevent wildlife trafficking..

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Global Investigative Group Probes Wildlife Mafia
Senior law enforcement officers representing 8 countries from Southeast Asia, and law enforcement officers from China, Africa, and India begin a 5 day planning session today in Bangkok to identify and take down global wildlife trafficking syndicates that are operating across their borders, destroying tiger, elephant, and reptile populations.
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  NETWORK NEWS                                   



ASEAN-WEN Action Update

A summary of reported major and model wildlife law enforcement actions by
Southeast Asian Authorities

April - June 2010

ASEAN-WEN Photo Gallery

ASEAN-WEN Activities

ASEAN Regional Protected Area Managers Course, KYNP, Thailand, October 2010

Regional Investigator Training Course, ILEA, Thailand, November 2010

Lao PDR Legal Process Workshop on Wildlife Crime Prosecution, Vientiane, Lao PDR, December 2010


"Wildlife Trafficking Stops Here" Campaign, Manila, Philippines, December 2010

Public Awareness and Outreach

Seizures and Wildlife Release

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Viet Nam CITES MA Officer, under special assignment with ASEAN-WEN PCU (December, 2010) (Photo credit: ASEAN-WEN PCU)




Law enforcement essential if last tigers are to be saved

Pangolins on the verge of extinction due to illegal trade

Judges warm up to green issues

Wildlife trafficking: Multi-pronged attack on poaching

DENR releases new manual to counter 'wildlife crime'

Wildlife authorities grapple to contain jumbo-sized problem

Thailand uses technology, rangers to protect wild tigers

Tigers need conservation, not conversation

The Tiger Summit Promises a New Paradigm

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what's ahead?

Training of Trainers (ToT) on CITES Policies and Identification of Threatened Species (Reptiles)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17-20 January 2011

8th Meeting of the ASEAN Experts Group on CITES (8th AEG-CITES Meeting)
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

8-10 January 2011

Training Course on CITES Policies and Identification of Reptiles Commonly Found in Trade in Viet Nam
HCMC, Viet Nam
21-23 January 2011

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) for Coral Reefs: Investigative and Enforcement Forensics Field Training Workshop
Phuket, Thailand
1-7 May 2011



Designed to dramatically reduce poaching and illegal logging in Asia’s forest ecosystems, the first ASEAN Regional Protected Area Protection Enforcement Manager (PAPEM) and Strategic & Tactical Operational Patrolling (STOP) Training Course was conducted at the Regional Nature Protection Training Center in Khao Yai National Park from October 4th – 15th, 2010.   The course was designed and conducted by FREELAND Foundation and attended by senior forest officers from across ASEAN, as well as Bhutan.  The course was initiated by the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), and FREELAND Foundation, with funding support from US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU).

(photo credit: FREELAND Foundation)

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In view of the growing illegal wildlife trade that is increasingly seen as a serious transnational crime, and the need to increase awareness on this problem among relevant government agencies, especially among judges and prosecutors, Lao PDR’s Department of Forest Inspection, with the technical and financial support of the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) and its Support Program, FREELAND Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has made it a priority to bring in officers from the Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI), and the Public Prosecutor Offices, and members of the Judiciary together in a workshop on Legal Process for Wildlife Crime Prosecution. Panel discussions in said workshop included highlighting the role and responsibilities of DoFI in relation to the prosecution of wildlife crime, the establishment of the CITES Office in Lao PDR, and prosecution and judiciary processes that can be relevant in effectively prosecuting wildlife crimes in the country.

(photo credit: FREELAND Foundation)

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Participants in the PAPEM Course, October, 2010 (Photo credit: FREELAND Foundation)

DNP Officials inspecting the 218 Tortoise Seizures in Suvarnabhumi Airport, October 10, 2010 (Photo credit: ASEAN-WEN PCU)


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