ARREST partner, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), hosted Vietnam’s first national awards to honor five excellent individuals for their outstanding contributions to wildlife protection. The Outstanding Service in Wildlife Protection Awards ceremony recognized three law enforcement officials and two journalists for their efforts and commitment in curbing illegal wildlife trafficking. The award recipients were selected from more than sixty nominations by a judge’s panel with representatives from the U.S. Embassy, ENV, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature), TRAFFIC and theWildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The event was made possible by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded ARREST Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking). ARREST implementing partner FREELAND also contributed to the event. The ceremony was well-attended and included representatives from USAID, FREELAND, the U.S. Embassy, the Swiss Embassy, many local and international conservation organizations, National Assembly members, the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), and a strong media presence including eight television and radio stations and 14 newspapers.