The Forest Department of Myanmar has seriously paid attention to combat illegal wildlife trade as well as associated trade such as the illegal timber trade that leads to deforestation, forest degradation and loss of royalties. Combating this trade is the collaborative action between the Forest Department, National Police Force and local administration. In the month of July in 2013 alone, a total of 3,279.51 cubic meters of illegal timber were seized from 1,070 cases. The suspects involved in this illegal trade were held accountable for violation of the law, particularly the Forest Law (1992).
It was also reported that on 3 July 2013, a patrol team from Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary recovered 10.91 cubic meters of illegally logged timber from the Sanctuary. No suspect was identified in said case.
From 28-29 July 2013, officers from the Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary and Myanmar National Police Force were able to confiscate 15 hand-made firearms at four different places inside the wildlife sanctuary. The firearms were believed to be used for hunting wild animlas, especially the Myanmar Golden Deer (Cervus eldi thamin), an endemic species of Myanmar. Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Protected Areas in Myanmar that protect the deer.
On Global Tiger Day, Countries Vow to Improve Transboundary Conservation and Crack Down on Wildlife Crime
Kunming, China, 12 August 2013 - On the annual celebration of Global Tiger Day (July 29), leading conservation voices in support of the wild tiger and other endangered species spoke out in China to concentrate further efforts in international cooperation to manage large transboundary landscapes and reduce transnational wildlife crime.
The State Forestry Administration of China, along with other government entities and the Global Tiger Initiative organized the “International Workshop for Transboundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade” July 29-August 2. Vice Administrator of China’s State Forestry Administration, Ms. Yin Hong, the Vice Governor of Yunnan’s provincial government, Mr. Shen Peiping, and other officials opened the international meeting on Global Tiger Day.
On July 31, 2013, Thailand commemorated World Ranger Day in Pangsida National Park at Sa Kaew Province. The event paid tribute to fallen and injured rangers in the line of duty, and celebrated the work of rangers in protecting the world's natural treasures and resources.