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Forestry Bureau and American Institute in Taiwan to hold wildlife crime prevention training

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Forestry Bureau and American Institute in Taiwan to hold wildlife crime prevention trainingTo enhance Taiwan’s illegal wildlife trade prevention ability, develop a partnership with the global community, and obtain the latest prevention techniques and information, in 2016 the Forestry Bureau, the American Institute in Taiwan and the TRAFFIC East Asia Taipei will jointly hold a wildlife crime prevention training seminar in response to the theme of the 3rd World Wildlife Day in 2016: “the future of wildlife is in our hands.” The seminar, with a provisional title of “training seminar for wildlife crime law-enforcement personnel,” is set to be held in May. Domestic units responsible for border inspection, coastal defense and countering wildlife crime such as customs, coastguard, police, the Investigation Bureau and other related agencies will be invited to attend to raise the level of conservation inspection and law enforcement skills and move in line with international conservation practices.

The Forestry Bureau pointed out that illegal wildlife trade is one of the main factors in loss of biodiversity at present. The volume of illegal wildlife trade is estimated at US$10-20 billion annually, behind drugs and weapons as the third largest illegal trade item in the world. Due to Taiwan’s outstanding conservation achievements that have been affirmed internationally, in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, abbreviated as the CITES, the American Institute in Taiwan and the TRAFFIC East Asia Taipei will hold the aforementioned training seminar with the Forestry Bureau to increase Taiwan’s illegal wildlife trade prevention ability.

The Forestry Bureau stressed that striking back against illegal wildlife trade effectively requires cross-border cooperation. CITES was signed in Washington DC on March 3, 1973. In 2013, the United Nations named March 3 the World Wildlife Day. In response to the theme of the 3rd World Wildlife Day, “the future of wildlife is in your hands,” two experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been invited to share cases of wildlife crime and prevention skills at the seminar, so as to show Taiwan’s determination in actively participating in the fight against international illegal wildlife trade and playing a substantive role in the protection of the world’s wildlife.
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