UNODC-CITES Asia Wildlife

Enforcement and Demand Management Project

 

PROJECT DURATION: May 2016 -  May 2020

EUROPEAN UNION CONTRIBUTION: €5.000.000 

LOCATION:  Southeast and South Asia 

OBJECTIVE: 

The UNODC-CITES Asia Wildlife Enforcement and Demand Management Project aims to address the serious and growing problem of international trade and demand for key African wildlife species in Asia, in particular African elephants, rhinos and pangolins, as well also targeting efforts to reduce the illegal killing of key Asian wildlife species impacted by international trade, such as the Asian elephants, rhinos and tigers. To achieve this, the project will work towards:

  • Strengthening capacity and awareness in Asian countries aimed at combating illegal trade in key wildlife species, in particular strengthening national-level legal frameworks for combatting wildlife trafficking and crime;
  • Strengthening capacity for investigating and prosecuting wildlife trade incidents and tackling local markets;
  • Building collaboration in wildlife crime and trafficking prevention nationally and regionally;
  • Documenting and combatting illegal killing of key Asian wildlife species in key protected areas;
  • And strengthening measures to increase understanding of governments and decision makers concerning the impact of wildlife trade on the conservation status of key species.

 

The project builds on a number of previous initiatives being implemented by CITES and UNODC in Africa and Asia. This include the work conducted by UNODC under its Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, a four-year programme designed to strengthen the capacity of Member States to prevent, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate wildlife crimes and enhance wildlife law enforcement networks at regional and sub-regional levels, through initiatives such as the UNODC/ICCWC Wildlife Forest Crime Analytical Toolkit.

The action is carried out at the following locations: 

  • Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China -including Hong Kong SAR- Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam);
  • South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka).

 

NEWS & EVENTS 

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CONTACT

Manuela Matzinger  

Programme Officer

UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime

Sustainable Livelihoods Unit

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Tel: +43 1 26060 5694

eMail:  manuela.matzinger@un.org