Launching the Saving Threatened Wildlife project

Posted on June, 13 2022

Launching the Saving Threatened Wildlife project to combat wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam
On June 13, 2022 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) hosted the launch of the Saving Threatened Wildlife project. The project is implemented by WWF in partnership with TRAFFIC, and ENV. The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Minister of MARD - Le Minh Hoan, Vice Minister of MARD - Le Quoc Doanh, and USAID Mission Director - Ann Marie Yastishock together with 124 representatives from the U.S Embassy, USAID, the Government of Viet Nam, related provinces, local and international organizations, business, business associations, and media agencies joined the launch. 
Recognising the threat to species both internationally and nationally, from the wildlife trafficking, the U.S. Government is collaborating with the Government of Viet Nam and civil society organizations to counter illegal wildlife trade in and through Viet Nam. The Saving Threatened Wildlife project supports the government of Viet Nam to enhance leadership in combating the illegal wildlife trade by improving and harmonizing the legal system related to wildlife protection, strengthening law enforcement and prosecution of wildlife crimes, and reducing the demand and illegal consumption of wildlife. 
The launch of the Saving Threatened Wildlife project marked the official notification by MARD of their support for the project and helped to raise awareness of the project aims among MARD departments, other Ministries, and the public through attendance, media attention, and communication called for collaboration among related parties in the coming phases of the project.
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Saving Threatened Wildlife project launch in June 2022
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