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Vietnam CITES to oversee district jurisdiction under PM’s wildtrade directive

March 8, 2014
Prime Minister of Viet Nam Nguyen Tan Dung,© World Economic Forum / Creative Commons

Prime Minister of Viet Nam Nguyen Tan Dung,© World Economic Forum / Creative Commons

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Van Dung has issued a directive to prioritise enforcement of the illegal trade in rhino horn and ivory.

The Directive requires the transfer of seized wildlife specimens on the CITES appendices to the Viet Nam CITES Management Authority, to centrally coordinate the current system of seized wildlife specimens being held at the district and provincial level across the country.

He has ordered more interagency cooperation including NGOs, a tougher judiciary, and coordinated border control efforts.

The announcement follows the Prime Minister’s commitment to the London Declaration at the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the UK Government.

Wildlife NGOs have called the directive an important turning point in fighting the increasing wildtrade.

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