Our Work

As a hotspot of biodiversity, Asia and the Pacific is being threatened by criminal activities. Forests are shrinking faster in south-east Asia than anywhere else in the world with a loss of 376,000 km2 from 1990 to 2020 - equivalent to the whole surface of Japan. Southeast Asian countries are source, transit and destination markets for illegal wildlife trade. Wildlife and forest crime pose a serious risk to biodiversity and have contributed to the near extinction of rare mammals, birds and reptiles. Tackling the illegal wildlife trade through a One Health approach is crucial to preserve biodiversity while preventing the transmission of diseases from wildlife to humans.
 
With a 171% increase of plastic waste imports between 2016 and 2018, ASEAN is the main receiving region in the world. The management of imported waste has become an opportunity for the infiltration of organized crime. UNODC addresses the illegal flow of waste as a way to support circular economies while promoting the rule of law.
 
The UNODC Environment Team initiated activities in Southeast Asia in 2010 and more recently expanded its technical assistance to Member States in South Asia and the Pacific. Its work has also adapted to cover broader crimes that affect the environment including through its newly launched projects SAFE and Unwaste.

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Wildlife Crime

The Environment Team works with legal systems and law enforcement agencies of Member States in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific to: strengthen policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks; enhance knowledge and skills to investigate and prosecute related criminal activities; increase awareness regarding the nature and scale of wildlife and forest crimes; and enhance cooperation on a bilateral and regional level.

SAFE

The Safety across Asia For the global Environment project improves the understanding of the linkages between wildlife crime and the emergence of zoonotic diseases. Through a risk assessment framework, the project supports the identification of facilities with a high risk of disease transmission from wild animals to humans.

Unwaste

The Unwaste initiative brings together experts and policymakers to fight against waste trafficking between the EU and Southeast Asia. By analysing waste flows and through inter-regional dialogues, the project supports ongoing efforts towards a circular economy transition.

Multimedia

UNODC Explains
Wildlife crime: Don't be part of it!
Asia wildlife enforcement

Gallery

Publications

Rapid Assessment - Malaysia

Rapid Assessment - Thailand

Upper Mekong study

Guide on pathogen exposure

Meet the team

Giovanni Broussard
Regional Programme Coordinator
Thailand
 
Ioana Cotutiu
Programme Coordinator (Unwaste)
Thailand
 
Zhiqiang Tao
Programme Officer (law enforcement)
Thailand
 
Ross McEwing
Programme Officer (SAFE)
Thailand
 
Floriane Cartron
Research and Communication Specialist
Thailand
 
Lodigario Jr Ani Rigor
Programme Management Specialist
Thailand
 
Prompen Wattanabud
Programme Assistant
Thailand
 
Dariya Suebkraisorn
Programme Assistant
Thailand
Wilawan Panyoung
Programme Assistant (Unwaste)
 Thailand
 
Muendao Suandee
National Programme Officer (Unwaste)
Thailand
 
Sorawit Amatavete
National Programme Officer (SAFE)
Thailand
 
Polen Khem
National Programme Officer
Cambodia
 
Sengdeuane Phomavongsa
National Programme Officer
Lao PDR
 
 
Latsamy Vongsiphaseuth
Programme Assistant
Lao PDR
Lusi Maulidini
Programme Assistant
Indonesia
 
Radillah Khaerany
National Programme Officer
Indonesia
 
Jazlyn Lee Fei Yee
National Programme Officer
Malaysia
Gesuina Marie Puangco
Programme Assistant
The Philippines
 
Thanh Hoang Kim
National Programme Officer (Unwaste)
Viet Nam
 
Phuong Nguyen Thi Mai
Programme Assistant (Unwaste and Wildlife)
Viet Nam
 
Marie Fatiaki
Programme Officer
Fiji
Deepika Naruka
Programme Coordinator
India
 
Savita Bhat
Programme Assistant
India