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Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General and USAID Launch Rapid Reference Guide to Help Prosecutors Fight Wildlife Crime

BANGKOK, March 20, 2019 – Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Rapid Reference Guide on Applicable Offences to Trafficking of Critically Endangered Species in Thailand, a tool to help investigators and prosecutors navigate existing legislation to more effectively build strong cases resulting in successful prosecution of wildlife criminals.

Women Bring New Perspectives to Wildlife Law Enforcement in Thailand

The international illicit trade in endangered wildlife is driving many species to extinction. Animals such as pangolins, rhinos, elephants and tigers are disappearing at alarming rates. Behind this are sophisticated criminal networks that mostly operate with impunity. While law enforcement agencies are plagued with many issues ranging from weak capacity to limited funding, an often-overlooked shortcoming includes an acute gender imbalance which sees very few women on the frontlines of enforcement. There is increasing recognition globally that involving more women is an important factor in effective law enforcement. Some good examples are emerging, such as in Thailand.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ASIA – AFRICA JOURNALIST EXCHANGE PROGRAM - Deadline extended to March 15

Through the Asia – Africa Journalist Exchange Program (JEP), USAID Wildlife Asia and USAID PROTECT in Tanzania are looking for eligible five (5) Thai journalists from different media outlets (online, print, radio, TV, etc.) to participate in an exchange program with journalists from Tanzania. The exchange program aims to increase journalists’ understanding of the successes and challenges of ongoing anti-poaching and anti-trafficking efforts in Thailand and Tanzania.

5 Simple Actions to be a Responsible Traveler

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year, millions of travelers from around the world visit Thailand for business or leisure. While tourism contributes largely to the country’s economic growth, it can also put pressure on nature and the environment. Travelers can help prevent the adverse effects that tourism can have on the environment by acting responsibly while in Thailand. Below are five simple actions you can take to be a responsible traveler.

USAID Wildlife Asia’s Wildlife Protection Law Campaign in China leverages nearly $4.4 million

On May 22, 2018, USAID Wildlife Asia launched the campaign to promote the updated Wildlife Protection Law (WPL) in China on the International Day for Biological Diversity. Disseminated through videos, a wall poster and public service announcements (PSAs), by the end of September 2018 the WPL materials had leveraged around $4.38 million in free media coverage and in-kind support. This leveraged amount was generated from placements of the WPL videos, giant wall poster and PSAs, together with the Ivory Ban PSAs.

SPECIAL REPORT: A refuge for impounded wildlife

Young teams tend smuggled animals, as they await the possibility of a return to the wild where they truly belong. Three-year-olds Shizuka and Nobita are no longer frightened and stressed. They no longer tremble and hug one another tightly as they did upon first arriving at the Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Breeding Centre in Ratchaburi province a few years ago.