U.S. Vietnam Announce New Partnership to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
The State Department announced recently the launch of a new U.S.-Vietnam Partnership to Combat Wildlife Trafficking under which the two sides will improve collaboration in four areas.
- reducing consumer demand for, and consumption of, illegal wildlife and wildlife products
- strengthening wildlife law enforcement and prosecution
- improving and implementing the legal frameworks for wildlife crime
- bolstering international cooperation
These are among the key areas of focus of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking that the Obama administration announced in 2014.
To enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement, the two countries pledged to expand bilateral law enforcement cooperation on wildlife crime, treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/314, and consider measures to reduce the domestic sale and commercial breeding of endangered species of wild fauna and reduce public demand for endangered wildlife. They also anticipate launching a new five-year program to combat wildlife trafficking that will be aimed at reducing consumer demand for illegal wildlife products, building wildlife law enforcement and prosecution capacity, and augmenting and harmonizing the legal framework for combating wildlife crime in Vietnam. Further, the U.S. intends to support the protection of endangered and threatened species in Vietnam through a new conservation program in key provinces.