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Breaking Chains: Collaborative Strategies to Combat the Illegal Trade of Wildlife

The Partners Against Wildlife Crimes Project, coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and supported by the European Union, held its last workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 19–21. The purpose of the gathering was to celebrate the project's accomplishments and to exchange lessons learned among partners. Through the use of civil society alliances to support government action, the project aims to disrupt unlawful supply chains for Siamese rosewood, tigers, Asian elephants, and freshwater turtles in the Greater Mekong, Malaysia, and China.

Collaborative actions on illegal wildlife trade with Vietnamese journalists.

Illegal wildlife trade is a major conservation problem in Vietnam.  As a mitigating strategy, PanNature organized 19 field media investigation trips across 23 provinces in the country, as well as one trip across the Vietnam-Laos border, accompanied by more than 60 journalists.  Journalists were able to observe tragedies with wildlife species firsthand. This effort generated more than 110 newspaper articles and stories, raising awareness of the issue among the public.

Barriers to Combating the Illegal Trade of WildLife

The Covid 19 pandemic has been upended the world for the last two years, causing dramatic losses of human lives and social and economic disruption. Along with immeasurable losses, the pandemic has also entailed socio-economic changes and humanity's perception of the world we are dwelling in. The virus that causes the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to originate from wild animals. Although this is not a firm conclusion up to this point, it is a deeper warning than ever about the human way of life, which exploits nature indiscriminately, causes ecosystems to deteriorate, and leads to irreversible damages.
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