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USAID/Vietnam Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking -- Draft

Despite concerted efforts to combat wildlife trafficking over the past two decades, Vietnam remains a global hub of the illegal wildlife trade and is both a major demand and supply side country. As Vietnam has grown into a middle-income country, trafficking of high-value wildlife products has increased. In the north, the Nhi Khe commune on the outskirts of Hanoi is home to key ivory trade markets, and pangolin scales, rhino horn, and big cat bone are sold for traditional medicinal purposes on Lang Ong Street in the heart of the capital’s old quarter. In the south, Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in Ho Chi Minh City is another illegal wildlife trade center for various traditional medicine products. Across the country, online markets freely trade ivory and other collectibles.

Recently, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Vietnam issued Directive 29 for urgent solutions to manage wildlife. It requests all relevant agencies to strictly monitor and control the acts of illegal wildlife consumption and review the current legal framework to propose amendments and supplementary regulation on the illegal consumption of wildlife. Specifically, it directs to stop importing living or dead wild animals, eggs, parts of wild animals until there is further direction from the Prime Minister. All cases of importing wild animals contrary to this Directive must be strictly handled according to the provisions of law regarding illegal wild animal protection. USAID acknowledges that the context for combating wildlife trafficking has shifted, particularly given the COVID-19 global pandemic, and that the situation may continue to evolve.

To help Vietnam control and stop the current increasingly serious situation of wildlife trafficking, USAID will invest in a new activity to increase Vietnam leadership in countering wildlife trafficking through enhancing the commitment of Government of Vietnam (GVN) leaders at the national and provincial level and reducing demand and consumption of illegal wildlife products.


Response Date: Nov. 23, 2020

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