The overall objective of this project is to reduce illegal wildlife trade in key markets and retail hubs in Laos by expanding capacity to detect, discourage, and disrupt organised criminal networks, and prosecute those members involved in illegal wildlife crime.
Activities to achieve this include targeted skills development, awareness campaigns, information-sharing, and enhancing regional cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
The project will facilitate the establishment of trust and working relationships across national and border agencies.
Support is being provided for advanced investigation trainings, and bilateral meetings to increase law enforcement response capacity and trans-boundary cooperation in addressing illegal wildlife trade in central and northern Lao PDR.
This project is also designed to support law enforcement actions that reflect the severity of wildlife crimes, and to create a penalty environment which discourages participation as the consequences are sever for poachers, traders and buyers.
There are four priority provinces supported under this project: Vientiane Capital, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha and Bokeo. Rapid responses to active wildlife crime or emerging criminal activities will also be supported if necessary in other provinces.
WWF is pleased to support the Government of Lao PDR in implementing actions that reduce the sale and availability of illegal wildlife and wildlife products.
WWF’s anti-wildlife crime programme for the Greater Mekong Region is also empowering local officials and communities in neighbouring countries to report and disrupt wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trading markets which are contributing to loss of biodiversity and threaten local populations of endangered species.