Thai-Lao Task Forces Twinning Strengthens Sub-regional Commitments on Wildlife Law Enforcement

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On July 25-26, 2013, ASEAN-WEN, a partner of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program (ARREST), led a 2 day bilateral meeting of 70 officials from national WENs (Wildlife Enforcement Networks) from Lao PDR and Thailand in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Delegates at the meeting stressed the importance of establishing stronger partnerships between Lao PDR and Thailand through sharing and exchanging of relevant information to combat wildlife trafficking. Delegates also highlighted the need to raise awareness in local communities which play an important role in accomplishing goals to conserve and protect wildlife. Participants also discussed wildlife research projects and forensics activities undertaken in Thailand to support wildlife law enforcement and as opportunities for future collaboration. The meeting resulted in Lao PDR and Thailand agreeing to collaborate on the issues discussed and the activities considered for implementation under their joint strategic plan which covers activities for information exchange and communication, specific areas of cooperation and joint activities at both the national and local levels. The strategic cooperation of neighboring countries is in line with commitments to strengthen sub-regional cooperation under ASEAN-WEN and increase support to national “WENs”. ARREST continues to support ASEAN-WEN’s nerve center, the Program Coordination Unit, which coordinates law enforcement and networking for regional and sub-regional efforts. The governments of Lao PDR and Thailand jointly sponsored the sub regional event.

 

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