ARREST Supports Law Enforcement Training in China’s Xinjiang

IFAW supports workshop in Xinjiang

From December 16-18, 2013 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supported a law enforcement workshop in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, an area which borders 8 Asian countries is known for wildlife trafficking. 120 participants joined the event organized by the Urumqi office of the Chinese CITES Management Authority (CNMA) and focused on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and techniques and skills of combating wildlife trafficking. IFAW staff also gave lectures on the development and trends of global wildlife trafficking, identification of key endangered species and an overview of illicit product commonly found in trafficking. The training was held in an important area as not only is Xinjiang know for the trafficking of endangered Saiga antelopes and pangolins but new evidence shows an increase in the smuggling of ivory through the region. IFAW is a partner of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Program and assists with implementing the program in China.

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