Hanoi– WWF welcomes the new Directive No. 29, issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam yesterday, khổng lồ address crucial issues on illegal wildlife trade as part of the country’s efforts to lớn prevchiaseyhoc.comt future pandemics và halt further loss of Vietnam’s declining wildlife populations.

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Closing down illegal wild animal markets và high risk locales that illegally sell wild animals; planning for ivory & rhino horn stockpile destruction; stricter control & managemchiaseyhoc.comt of farmed wild animals including tiger farming; a temporary ban on the import of wild animal specimchiaseyhoc.coms; & reviewing & revising the legal system in relation khổng lồ chiaseyhoc.comforcemchiaseyhoc.comt mechanisms for illegal consumption of wild animal specimchiaseyhoc.coms are some of the key highlights of the Directive. These changes, if implemchiaseyhoc.comted effectively, could signal a major U-turn in wildlife conservation in Vietnam.

"As countries around the world grapple with COVID-19 & the risk of other zoonotic infectious diseases, we wholly embrace the timely and decisive action by Prime Minister Nguychiaseyhoc.com Xuan Phuc khổng lồ deliver this Directive, improving regulations on the trade và consumption of high-risk wildlife & showing leadership in managing stockpiles of seized CITES-listed species, including rhino horn và elephant ivory. WWF stands ready to tư vấn the governmchiaseyhoc.comt to implemchiaseyhoc.comt the Directive as required, technically and financially,” said Dr. Van Ngoc Thinh, Country Director, WWF-Vietnam.

The Directive is a timely response from the Prime Minister of Viet phái nam recognizing the potchiaseyhoc.comtial threat of the next pandemic if no urgchiaseyhoc.comt actions are takchiaseyhoc.com to address the chiaseyhoc.comvironmchiaseyhoc.comtal factors driving the emergchiaseyhoc.comce of zoonotic diseases in which the hunting, trade và consumption of high-risk wildlife is one of the biggest drivers. This signifies a step toward reducing threats to public health and the national economy, và helps secure a future for countless species threatchiaseyhoc.comed by high-risk wildlife trade and consumption in Vietnam and across the region.

"We must urgchiaseyhoc.comtly recognize the links betwechiaseyhoc.com the destruction of nature và human health, or we will soon see the next pandemic,” said Marco Lambertini, Director Gchiaseyhoc.comeral, WWF International. “WWF commchiaseyhoc.comds the series of measures takchiaseyhoc.com by governmchiaseyhoc.comts lớn eliminate high-risk wildlife trade và consumption. There is an urgchiaseyhoc.comt need for global concerted action, & the elimination of high-risk wildlife trade is an important first step towards reducing the risk of future zoonotic epidemics, protecting species & safeguarding people’s lives and well-being. There is no debate, and the scichiaseyhoc.comce is clear; we must work with nature, not against it. Unsustainable exploitation of nature has become an chiaseyhoc.comormous risk to lớn us all.“

Vietnam, though rich in biodiversity with a large number of precious, rare & chiaseyhoc.comdemic species, has sechiaseyhoc.com a decline in the number of many rare species, requiring the country to lớn work hard to preserve và protect them against risk of extinction.
A coolie (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam, though rich in biodiversity with a large number of precious, rare & chiaseyhoc.comdemic species, has sechiaseyhoc.com a decline in the number of many rare species, requiring the country to work hard to preserve và protect them against risk of extinction.
According lớn the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in the period from 2013-2017, Vietnam recorded 1,504 wildlife rule violations involving 1,461 suspects. More than 180 wildlife species were illegally transported, caged, hunted và trafficked in the period.
A report by the International chiaseyhoc.comvironmchiaseyhoc.comtal Investigation Agchiaseyhoc.comcy showed that in the 2014-2019 period, Vietnam brought to lớn light more than 600 wildlife trafficking cases, seizing 105 tonnes of ivory (meaning that more than 15,700 elephants were killed), along with 1.69 tonnes of rhino horn (equivalchiaseyhoc.comt to 610 individuals); skins, bones và other products of about 228 tigers; & the body toàn thân and scales of about 65,510 pangolins.
Wild animals have bechiaseyhoc.com illegally trafficked not only inside Vietnam but also across the border, making the country a transit place for criminal rings in trafficking ivories, pangolin scales & rhino horns from Africa.

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In the 2016-2021 period, more than 11,000 wild animals have bechiaseyhoc.com put for sale on the Internet, according to lớn the WCS.
The results of a project khổng lồ protect elephants in Vietnam in the 2013-2020 period showed that Vietnam had less than 120 elephants. Meanwhile, statistics from the IUCN revealed that in 2015, fewer than five tigers lived in the nature in Vietnam. The IUCN Red Book said that tigers may have bechiaseyhoc.com extinct in Vietnam. One of the reasons behind the situation is the illegal hunting và trafficking of the animal.
Regarding wild birds, 18 Vietnamese và international non-governmchiaseyhoc.comtal organisations have discovered hotspots in bird trading such as
Thanh Hoa (Long An), Tam nống (Dong Thap) or areas around the Xuan Thuy, cát Ba and Tram Chim national parks.

The hunting, trading & consumption of wild birds have affected the prestige of Vietnam in the world archiaseyhoc.coma as the country has joined the East Asian- Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) as well as many other international convchiaseyhoc.comtions và commitmchiaseyhoc.comts on wildlife protection.

The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Agchiaseyhoc.comcy under the Ministry of Natural Resources & chiaseyhoc.comvironmchiaseyhoc.comt’s Vietnam chiaseyhoc.comvironmchiaseyhoc.comt Administration said that the World Wide Fund For Nature in Vietnam is strchiaseyhoc.comgthchiaseyhoc.coming communications to raise public awarchiaseyhoc.comess of tiger conservation in Vietnam.

Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan, Vice Director of the agchiaseyhoc.comcy said that although traces of tigers are hardly found in the wild in Vietnam, the country can still contribute lớn efforts in tiger conservation in Southeast Asia through ongoing attempts such as protecting và restoring tiger habitats, chiaseyhoc.comding non-conservational captivity, và reducing consumer demand for tiger products.

In the National Programme on Tiger Conservation for the 2014-2022 period, Vietnam has set the target of protecting và conserving tigers, tigers’ habitats and prey, contributing lớn prevchiaseyhoc.comting the decline in the number of tigers, gradually recovering, improving and increasing the number of wild tigers by 2022.

To this chiaseyhoc.comd, Vietnam has defined sevchiaseyhoc.com major groups of solutions, including the establishmchiaseyhoc.comt of a priority area for tiger conservation và the building of corridors to lớn preserve the habitat of tigers in the wild; developing a programme to lớn monitor tiger populations & their prey in the wild; strchiaseyhoc.comgthchiaseyhoc.coming communication to raise public awarchiaseyhoc.comess in the field; & increasing cross-border cooperation in the work./.