US helps Vietnam combat wildlife trafficking
June 13, 2022
HANOI: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will help
Vietnam control illegal wildlife trafficking through a 15 million USD
project launched in Hanoi on June 13.
The launch of the five-year project on saving threatened wildlife was held
by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and
The project aims to improve Vietnam’s leadership capacity in handling
wildlife crime by enhancing commitments from leaders at national and
provincial levels, improving the efficiency of law enforcement and reducing
the demand and consumption of wildlife products.
“Through this new project, USAID will work with MARD to reduce demand for
and consumption of illegal wildlife products, and save our threatened
species,” said Ann Marie Yastishock, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director.
“The effective implementation of the Saving Threatened Wildlife project
will help address the issue of illegal wildlife trafficking, and therefore
reflect the highest commitments of the Government of Vietnam in this
effort, contributing to biodiversity conservation and environment
protection in Vietnam,” said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development Le Quoc Doanh.
The new project focuses on protecting species that are at risk of
international trafficking into Vietnam such as African rhinos, African and
Asian elephants, and pangolins, as well as animals that are regularly
poached and traded domestically or internationally, such as primates,
muntjacs, and big cats.
It is implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature, in cooperation with
the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) and the Education for
Nature Vietnam (ENV).
The Saving Threatened Wildlife project builds and expands on the progress
achieved by USAID’s previous five-year (2016-2021) project, Saving Species.
The Saving Species project supported the Vietnamese Government to improve
and harmonise the legal system related to wildlife protection, strengthen
law enforcement and prosecution of wildlife crimes, and reduce demand and
illegal consumption of wildlife.
Vietnam has already taken action to deal with illegal wildlife trade,
including improving legal regulations.
Notably, the Prime Minister on May 17 issued Directive No. 4/CT-TTg on a
number of tasks and solutions to protect migratory and wild birds in
The country has also been participating in international treaties,
institutions and cooperation in biodiversity conservation and combating
illegal wildlife trade.