WWF-Myanmar organises law enforcement training for government officers in the Golden Triangle Region to tackle illegal wildlife trade
The aim of this training is to increase awareness and build the capacity of relevant government agencies and officers in Myanmar so they can address illegal wildlife trade and wildlife trafficking, contributing to the Government’s efforts to eradicate the markets for illegal wildlife in Myanmar.
51 Government officers from district and township levels participated in the training, including those from the forest department, police force, general administered department and agriculture department etc.
“Collaboration of local communities is vital to tackle illegal wildlife trade in the Mekong region,” said U Myo Lwin, Assistant Director of Department of Forestry, Tarchileik District.
Myanmar plays a critical role in the global illegal wildlife trade market, and is a crossroad for wildlife trafficking routes.
Organised by WWF-Myanmar, this was the first training to combat the illegal wildlife trade issue in townships Kyaing Tong and Tachileik - critical trade hotspots and trafficking routes.
During the training, WWF-Myanmar explained the law enforcement processes for illegal wildlife trade and closing down the main markets openly selling wildlife parts in Myanmar.
“I understand clearly what CITIES is after this training, and all participants had the chance to learn about the activities of other government agencies,” said U Moe Thu Aung, Deputy Legal Officer of Tachileik District.
Myanmar is also one of the few countries in Southeast Asia with remaining viable populations of the ‘high-value’ species, plus other species such as bears, other wild cats, pangolins and turtles – resulting in the country becoming a key source for the illegal wildlife trade.
“The Forestry Department alone can’t tackle the illegal wildlife trade in border market. We are very happy to have participated, and that an Ngo organised training to tackle the illegal wildlife trade”, said U Kyaw Aung Aung, Range Officer for Maing Yaung.
WWF is currently implementing a regional project to support the Government to tackle the illegal wildlife markets in the North-Eastern part of Myanmar.
WWF will also support specialised follow-up training for local officers in Kyaing Tong and Tachileik to increase their knowledge and skills on wildlife law enforcement.