Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

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The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade took place on November 17, 2016 and adopted priority actions to promote the global community to join hands to fight against the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora.

The Conference was chaired by Mr. Ha Cong Tuan – Vietnam Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, attended by Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh – Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Sonxay Siphandone – Deputy Prime Minister of Lao’s People Democratic Republic, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William of the United Kingdom, Yury Fedotov – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Heads of delegations from 47 countries and regional integrated economic organizations, international organizations, and 7 UN organizations. Conference participants pledged actual actions towards protecting wildlife from extinction from illegal trade.

The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade is the third international Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade following the success of the ground-breaking London  (2014) and Kasane (2015) Conferences . The Hanoi Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade, the outcome to the conference, strongly promotes the achievements in implementing the commitments made in the previous conferences  into actions through the voluntary actions proposed by participants to the Hanoi Conference.

Illegal wildlife trade remains one of the main threats leading to the decline of many endangered and rare fauna and flora species, causing the adverse impacts on sustainable development,   natural resources, and local communities, and providing illegal benefits to international crime organizations. Drastic actions by governments are needed to counter these threats .

Participating governments and organizations agreed that specific actions were crucial; it is necessary to execute the existing commitments in a practical and adequate manner along supply chains, including conserving wild fauna and flora populations and their habitats, approaching and collaborating with local stakeholders, promoting sustainable livelihoods, strengthening law enforcement, developing legal systems, and organizing campaigns aimed at reducing the market demand for wildlife products with illegal origin. Thus, fighting against the illegal wildlife trade requires the involvement of law enforcement agencies, judicial authorities, the private sector, conservationists, community groups, specialists and scholars.

 Delivering her speech at the Conference, Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said: “Along with the commitments and statements, it is critical to turn the commitments into practical  actions and create a mechanism to oversee these actions. In  so, we can ensure the sustainability of our commitments’ ”.

Countries and UN organizations proposed practical actions that contribute to the elimination of supply and demand for illegal wildlife products, strengthen the law enforcement and legislation, and support the development of sustainable livelihoods and benefits for communities that live among nature.

These actions include:

– To strengthen cooperation with enterprises, private sectors and online retailers to take measures to prevent illegal wildlife trade;

– To commit not to use the products from endangered species with illegal origin;

– To support Governments and financial organizations to detect, investigate and dismantle criminal lines related to money laundering and other financial crime related to illegal wildlife trade;

– To strengthen cross-border cooperation and support the wildlife law enforcement networks in the region;

– To connect to communities living in animal-associated areas by minimizing conflicts between humans and wildlife species; to support people in these communities to have them become active partners in the conservation, enable community’s efforts to strengthen the rights, obligations and management capacity, thereby legally getting benefits from wildlife.

– To clarify the link between wildlife crime and other criminal organized activities, even terrorism.

Hanoi Conference was organized at a critical moment for wildlife, as the demand for wildlife products has been sharply increasing for nearly a decade. In hosting the Hanoi Conference,  Vietnam showed determination in collaborating with the global community to fight against wildlife crime.

The United Kingdom announced plans host the next  conference in 2018 to assess the implementation of proposed actions and reaffirm the determination through further positive actions.

Destruction of elephant ivory and rhino horns confiscated from illegal trade and trafficking in Vietnam

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On November 12, 2016, in Soc Son District, Hanoi City, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development collaborated with relevant ministries to destroy wildlife specimens seized from illegal traders and traffickers.
Since joining the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1994, Vietnam has made efforts, in concert with the international community, to responsibly implement the Convention. In addition to improving policies and legislation in management of wildlife trafficking, Vietnamese authorities have detected, investigated and seized dozens of tons of ivory, and hundreds of kilograms of rhino horn and other specimens including tiger bone, pangolin scales, and freshwater turtles. Vietnam’s efforts in fighting illegal wildlife trade have been highly appreciated by the global community, raising Vietnam’s position in the field in the international arena.
To implement a directive by the Prime Minister, the National Specimen Destruction Council destroyed more than two tons of ivory, seventy kilograms of rhino horn, and specimens of bear bone and tiger bone by crushing and burning, as appropriate. In compliance with CITES’s regulations, the Destruction Council conducted the sampling of ivory and rhino horn DNA in the witness of representatives of state agencies, local embassies, international organizations and national and international news agencies.
The destruction of confiscated ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone and bear bone conveys Vietnam’s strong message in combating illegal wildlife trade and zero tolerance for the consumption of wildlife products with illegal origin.
“Destruction of ivory and rhino horn is the most serious applied to these illegally traded wildlife specimens, and shows Vietnam’s determination to join hands with the international community to prevent and push back on the illegal trade of ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife products. There is also a message in propaganda campaigns to raise the public awareness of not consuming the wildlife products with illegal origin”, said Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“The destruction of confiscated ivory and rhino horn in Vietnam is performed only one month after the game-changing CITES CoP17 and right before the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. It serves to raise local, national and global awareness of the negative impacts of illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. The event also shows the strong determination of Vietnam in particular and the commitment of the global community in general to put an end to this serious problem. The international community appreciates the tough decisions in CITES COP17 Conference. And it’s time for us to take actions and implement those decisions”, commented Mr. John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
During the event, Mr. Giles Lever, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Vietnam emphasized that “The UK highly appreciates the first destruction of illegal products confiscated from illegal wildlife trade. Along with recent seizures of smuggled ivory, this event is the positive sign showing Vietnam’s commitment in fighting against illegal wildlife trade. We hope that the event today is the good initial step for further movements in inventory, analysis and destruction of currently stored products from illegal wildlife trafficking”.
“We are delighted to support Vietnam in the first destruction of ivory, rhino horn seized from illegal trade and we hope that the event will enable the community to be more aware of the urgency in wildlife conservation. The global community need join hands to help the world to appreciate the elephants and rhinos instead of putting the value on their horns and ivories”, stated Teresa Telecky, Ph.D., Director of Wildlife Department at Humane Society International Organization.
Vietnam’s destruction of elephant ivory and rhino horn was carried out in advance of the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade which took place on November 17-18, 2016. The Conference shows the political determination of Vietnam as the host country in responsibly fulfilling international commitments to which Vietnam is a member./.

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Information for the Media

1. Registration
Registration will open for media at 8:00 on 17 November at 6th Floor, Lotte Hotel Hanoi. Your security badge will be pre-printed using the photo that you have submitted together with your registration form (if you have not sent us a photo, please do so). Please bring your passport/ID/Press card to identify yourself.
For security reason, no registered Media could enter the Conference area. Please make sure that you received a confirmation email from the Secretariat on your registration.
2. Working agenda for the Press
The Conference program is updated on the website at http://iwthanoi.vn/agenda/
Media may attend:

  • Media is invited to attend the Opening ceremony of the High-level conference on from 09:00 to 10:00 on 17th November 2016 at Hanoi Lottle Hotel only.
  • All Press will be asked to leave the Conference area after the photo session at the end of the Opening ceremony. No press presence from 10:00 to 11:30.
  • Media is welcomed to attend all side events and exhibition from 11:30 onwards.
  • The Press Release will be available at 17:00 at the Conference venue. The Secretariat will also send a copy of the Press Release to the registered Press.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any future enquiry. We look forward to welcoming you at the Conference on 17th November.

Best regards,

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Meeting of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Tobias Ellwood and Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao on illegal wildlife trade

 

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FCO Minister with responsibility for illegal wildlife trade (IWT) Tobias Ellwood and Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao met in London on 1 November to discuss the third international IWT conference to be held in Hanoi in two weeks. They highlighted the important significance of the Hanoi Conference and actions needed to tackle trafficking and to end wildlife crime.

Secretariat of the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Prince William to Attend Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in November

On Thursday, 22 September 2016, in London, at the Tusk’s Time for Change event in London, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William delivered a speech on tackling the illegal wildlife trade. At the event, the Duke of Cambridge’s office announced that the Prince will head to Hanoi, Vietnam, in November to attend the third International Wildlife Trade Conference – Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. There, William, who is President of United for Wildlife, will also have the opportunity to engage with local people and leaders in conservation.

“Now is the chance to send an unambiguous message to the world that it is no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory, rhino horn or other illegal wildlife products. Indeed, I would challenge anyone who knows the truth of how these wildlife products are obtained, to justify desiring them,” he said.

Prince William appealed to populations in Asia to stop buying wildlife parts, especially ivory and rhino horn. He said that between his own birth in 1982 and his daughter Princess Charlotte’s last year, the number of African elephants in the wild fell by two thirds.  In 1982, “there were 1 million elephants roaming Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000,” he said.

“And at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25, the African elephant will be gone from the wild. I am not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild. I am not prepared to explain to our children why we lost this battle when we had the tools to win it,” he continued. William’s speech was also broadcast over Facebook Live – the royal’s first live-streaming event.

Source: Information from the Daily Mail and the People Magazine.

Beyond Enforcement, Hanoi, 15th-16th November

IUCN, IIED, TRAFFIC, and ICCA Consortium are organizing a “Beyond Enforcement” workshop in Hanoi on community participation in combating the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia with a focus on the Lower Mekong Region. If you are interested in presenting on your experience, go to: https://www.iucn.org/news/call-workshop-contributions-%E2%80%9Cbeyond-enforcement-involving-indigenous-peoples-and-local.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 September. Funding to cover travel costs is available for successful applicants.

Vietnam creates public awareness campaigns targeting school children

Vietnam is making a concerted effort to increase the country’s elephant population and fight the threats faced elephants through creating public awareness campaigns targeting school children designed towards demand reduction on wildlife and its parts.
This is a join campaign by by Viet Nam CITES Management Authority and Humane Society International (HSI).
There are four books for children was published as an educational tool aimed at reducing demand for wildlife including “I’m a Little Elephant”, “I’m a Little Tiger”, “I’m a Little Rhino”; “I’m a Little Pangolin”.

The Vietnam Administration of Forestry and The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom empower the preparation of the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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On 25th August 2016, the Deputy Minister of Vietnam Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, Mr. Ha Cong Tuan hosted a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Director International of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom (DEFRA), Ms. Cheryl Case, and the Ambassador to the United Kingdom in Vietnam, Mr. Giles Lever, to discuss progress on the preparation of the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The meeting participants included representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, and related departments in the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural development.
During the meeting, the Parties provided updates on the preparation of the Hanoi conference on illegal wildlife trade and discussed next steps, including the invitation to high-level delegates, Conference working program, the Hanoi outcome document and other related work. According to the discussion, the Hanoi conference will welcome Heads of State and Ministers from more than 50 countries and 10 international organizations. DEFRA and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Vietnam came from the meeting with an appreciation of the great efforts of Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development and Vietnam Administration of Forestry in the progress in Conference preparation.
The Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade is the third international conference on illegal wildlife trade after the London and Kasane Conferences. The main goal of the Hanoi Conference is to adopt the Hanoi outcome document, which will reaffirm the commitment of signatory countries in four main objectives: (1) Eradicating the Market for Illegal Wildlife Products; (2) Ensuring Effective Legal Frameworks and Deterrents; (3) Strengthening Law Enforcement; (4) Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic Development.

Edited by the Vietnam CITES Management Authority.

The world elephant day 12th August

African Elephant, Mabula Private Reserve, S. Africa, Credit Adam Peyman

August 12 is World Elephant Day, a day in which we honor and reflect upon the grandeur and plight of Asian and African Elephants.

The largest and among the most intelligent land animal on earth, there are todaytwo species of elephants: the larger African elephant, and the smaller Asian elephant. Elephants and their ancestors once roamed across the globe, buttoday, wild populations are confined to decreasing areas of land in Africa and Asia.

The biggest threat to elephants is poaching, and with ivory exceeding the price of gold, African elephants are now listed by the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, and Asian as Endangered. Other threats to elephants include habitat loss, human encroachment and conflict, and illegal capturefor the tourism industry.

Elephants have a tremendous cultural and religious significance in Vietnam. Historically elephants graced the Royal Courts and were revered by Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. In later times elephants played a crucial transportation role in times of war. Elephant become the cultural symbol of local people in hight land center

Today there are fewer than 100 wild elephants and about 60 domestic elephents in Vietnam, putting elephants at critical risk of extinction in the country. To combat this threat , the government of Vietnam developed The Emergency Action Plan for Conservation Elephant,which allows for the creation of elephant protection areas in Dak Lak, Dong Nai and Nghe An provinces; the three areas with the largest populations of elephants.  The National Elephant Action Plan also includes provisions for education and awareness and will attempt to mobilize the support of the Vietnamese people; To prevent  human encroachment on the habitat of vild elephants and poaching; strengthen enforcement trade and  transport ivory and other component of elephant; To conservate populatoin domestic elephants in Dak Lak province, small group in the areas except Dak Lak, Dong Nai and Nghe An provinces and minimise afect from human elefant conflict (HEC).

Under The Emergency Action Plan for Conservation Elephant there were many activities for elephant conservation in Vietnam such as estalished The elephant conservatin center in Dak Lak, building electric fence in Don Nai, organizedElephant Conservation Week from August 3-6, 2016 in Quang Nam.

The Secreteriat of Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

August  2016