Nearly a decade ago, Vietnam lost its last rhino. Since then, the country has made great efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and protect biodiversity. Việt Nam News talks to ambassadors and international experts about what Vietnam can do to put an end to the crime. A bear at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park, Vinh Phuc Province. Bear bile is among the most popular wildlife products illegally traded in Vietnam. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Dat Can you tell us about US-Vietnam efforts to combat wildlife trafficking? Daniel Kritenbrink, US Ambassador to Vietnam: USAID is carrying out a programme called Saving Species designed to build Vietnam’s capacity to combat wildlife trafficking, working with law enforcement to improve the legal and regulatory environment and also to help build the capacity of Vietnam’s civil society sector working on the issue. We have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Public Security and other departments. As part of the MoU, we are going to work together to promote law enforcement co-operation. Early next year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is going to appoint an attaché at the embassy, specifically to work on the wildlife trafficking… Read full this story
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