Event by Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV)
WHY IT MATTERS
One of the biggest threats to wildlife around the globe is the illegal wildlife trade, the 4th largest black-market industry after humans, weapons, and drugs. Taking species out of their natural ecosystem where they play important roles balancing the food chain and maintaining environmental health has become increasingly popular in recent years, completely destroying our world’s biodiversity. Vietnam has one of the highest demands for wildlife out of any country in the entire world, while Vietnam’s location makes it a hub for trafficking routes to other Asian markets. Vietnam’s role in the illegal wildlife trade threatens species from all corners of the globe, and it won’t end until we stop it.
HOW ENV TACKLES THE PROBLEM
ENV tackles both the demand for wildlife and supply of wildlife through creative, strategic, and decisive actions. ENV educates tens of millions of people across Vietnam every year, raising their awareness for the need to protect wildlife, while also influencing them to take action by rejecting and reporting wildlife crime. Changing public opinion and behavior towards wildlife creates the long-term change that’s needed for a sustainable future.
On the supply side, ENV receives reports of wildlife for sale or being smuggled and works with law enforcement to confiscate live wild animals and wildlife products before they reach the buyer. ENV also sees to it that all major wildlife criminals are arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned. This action diminishes the supply of wildlife to consumers and creates deterrence as the risk of trading wildlife becomes more severe.
More info about this event, campaign, and ENV’s work can be found at this link https://env4wildlife.org/running-out-of-time/
(Disclaimer: This is not an AusCham Vietnam event, but is promoted in good faith as an event that may or may not be of interest to AusCham’s members).