Wildlife Trafficking joins Wildlife Health Forum

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From August 13 through 15, partners of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program (ARREST), FREELAND and ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (WEN) joined the Southeast Asia Regional Wildlife Health Capacity Assessment and Networking Forum hosted by USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program (EPT) in Bangkok, Thailand. FREELAND presented the ARREST program, the U.S. Government’s largest counter wildlife trafficking program to the forum, appealing for further cooperation and synergies in  capacity building including health issues for future awareness campaigns and developing the species identification and response smartphone application WILDSCAN.  The forum also hosted a productive “Wildlife Health Resources Sharing Market Place” providing a platform for all stakeholders attending to seek collaboration possibilities. A clear result of the forum was all countries represented agreeing more collaboration was needed to fill in many areas of training capacity, especially with regards to rangers and law enforcement.

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