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ASEAN-WEN and its National Task Forces or National Interagency Coordination Groups to Combat Wildlife Crime

ASEAN-WEN and its National Task Forces or National Interagency Coordination Groups to Combat Wildlife Crime

ASEAN-WEN is an integrated network among law enforcement agencies and involves CITES authorities, customs, police, prosecutors, specialized governmental wildlife-law enforcement organizations and other relevant national law enforcement agencies from across the ASEAN region. ASEAN-WEN operates on national and regional levels. Each country is expected to establish a national inter-agency task force of police, customs, and environmental officers. The Kingdom of Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia have established fully functioning national task forces. These task forces are the enforcing mechanisms of a regional network committed to stopping national and trans-regional illegal wildlife trade. Law enforcement officers in national task forces receive trainings on investigations, species identification and wildlife laws to improve their capacity and expertise in wildlife crime. National task forces are responsible for stopping wildlife crime in their country and coordinating with counterparts across the region to stop cross-border wildlife crime. Some national task forces are also focal points of ASEAN-WEN, while some are interagency coordination units tasked to combat the larger environmental crimes and illegal logging.

ASEAN-WEN’s Terms of Reference adopted by the First Meeting of the ASEAN-WEN in Bangkok, 25 May 2006 mandates ASEAN Member States “to establish at the national level an ASEAN-WEN committee consisting of officials from relevant organizations, which shall be responsible for coordinating each member country’s activities in relation to wildlife-law enforcement and the combating of illicit harvesting of and trade in wild fauna and flora.” Many National Task Forces have evolved since then and some have expanded its remit to illegal logging, marine enforcement and the environmental crimes in general.

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Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Myanmar “Officers killed in the line of duty”: A District Forest Officer and three Forest Rangers were killed on 27 December 2014, during the operation against illegal logging of rose wood in the southern Shan State of Myanmar. The Officials were supposed to be shot down by armed insurgent group on the way back from Wumsalaung Village of Linkhay District, where a total of 1,002 logs(about 288.86 cubic meters) of rose wood(Pterocarpus macrocarpus) were confiscated. One Township Officer and one Ranger were escaped from the attack.
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In Vietnam: Training for Border Army and Customers at Cha Lo Border gate with Lao PDR

On 16th – 17th , December 2014, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife staff has trained for 40 Army Border and Customers at Cha Lo border gate of Quang Binh province which is organised by Quang Binh Finance Department and Natural Conservation and Sustainable National Resource Management in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park project. The trainees were provided the information on threats and conservation of Carnivores and Pangolins, wildlife identification, handling and care for confiscated carnivores and pangolins. We also highlighted the important of pangolin and Owston’s civet conservation by introducing and distributing the Owston’s civet poster and calendars and the Pangolin Information Factsheet to all people at the training course. It hopes to contribute for carnivore and pangolin conservation in Vietnam (following savevietnamswildlife)

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New Mobile App to Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade in Asia

BANGKOK, September 17, 2014 - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Freeland today launched WildScan, a new endangered species identification and response mobile application for law enforcement to use in combatting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. The mobile application is designed to help law enforcement officials respond to wildlife trafficking, an illicit trade estimated at $19 billion per year and run by organized criminal syndicates. WildScan contains photos and critical information for over 280 endangered species and illegal wildlife products commonly trafficked into and throughout Southeast Asia to assist in proper identification and rapid response.

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