Workshop on preventing illegal wildlife trade and consumption for conservation organizations in Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of the top 25 countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with about 20,000 species of plants, 3,000 species of fish, more than 1,000 species of birds, and over 300 species of mammals. However, it has been facing serious biodiversity loss due to deforestation and forest degradation as well as illegal hunting, logging, and international trade in wild plants and animals.

To ensure sustainable development of the country in the long run, our Prime Minister has issued many guidelines and policies to strengthen measures to control and conserve endangered, precious and rare wild animals (Directive No. 29/CT-TTg, Directive No. 04/CT – TTg and the National Strategy on Biodiversity to 2030 and vision to 2050). The key objectives, tasks and solutions to be implemented in the period from now to 2030 are to enhance conservation and restoration of biodiversity; conservation and restoration of endangered wild species, especially endangered, precious and rare animals prioritized for protection, and migratory species; evaluate and promote the benefits of biodiversity for sustainable development, natural disaster prevention and adaptation to climate change; control activities that have a negative impact on biodiversity.

For the above reasons, the Center for Communication of Natural Resources and Environment (CNREC) and WWF Vietnam cooperated with The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) to organize a series of workshop on “Identifying roles and strengthening policy advocacy capacity to prevent illegal wildlife trade and consumption for conservation organizations in Vietnam” from September 29, 2022 to September 30, 2022 in Hanoi.

Through two topics “Recognizing the role and achievements of civil society organizations in biodiversity conservation and preventing wildlife trade and consumption in Vietnam” and “Promoting the role of civil society organizations for the improvement of policies on wildlife protection in Vietnam”; The workshops hoped to establish an official forum to recognize the roles of local NGOs in biodiversity conservation and prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking and consumption in Vietnam.