ARREST Asia Newsletter

As part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Program, more than 50 partner organizations and governments are working together to protect the region’s biodiversity.

The following are highlights of collaborative efforts to stop wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia and China.

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wildscan

Anti-Wildlife Trafficking App to be Rolled Out in Southeast Asia

In the second week of December, the ASEAN-WEN’s official species identification and response application, WildScan, was presented to government representatives, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders at the Heart of Borneo Biodiversity Conservation workshop.

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aiportithink

Anti-Wildlife-Crime Signage Goes up in China

Over 100 anti-wildlife crime public service announcement (PSA) displays were placed in airports of five major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an and Wuhan in mid-October and for three months onward.

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Lawmakers Build Connections with Forest Rangers to Help Protect Wildlife

In early December, 10 parliamentarians from Southeast Asia joined a three-day trip to Thailand to meet with rangers undergoing training and help strategize how best to support them in their work to protect wildlife in the region.

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rhinorun

Run for Rhinos Raises Awareness on Wildlife Protection in Hanoi

“Run for Rhinos,” a 5 to 10 kilometer run to raise awareness on protecting the species organized by Education for Nature-Vietnam, took place in Hanoi on December 13.

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Students

Raising Awareness on Wildlife Protection in Vietnam

Over the two weeks bridging November and December, Education for Nature-Vietnam under ARREST program held six wildlife trade exhibitions and three university seminar talks in three northern provinces of Vietnam to raise public awareness about wildlife trade and to recruit new wildlife protection volunteers.

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New Technology Brings the Public in China Up Close to Endangered Wildlife

In shopping malls across the country, augmented reality screens featuring – among other characters – ‘Laura’ the elephant were placed in central locations. This was accompanied by a ‘pledge board’ asking signees to reject ivory consumption, as well as games, elephant photo galleries and mascots.

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chinesespeaker

Wildlife Leader Gives Important Speech to Students in China

During November, wildlife champion Sun Na gave a speech at four universities in China on protecting wildlife and the environment. Organized by USAID partner, Beijing Normal University, the speech covered worsening ocean health, pollution and environmental protection.

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WildScan Gains Popularity at Conservation Event

Thousands attended the Birds in the City weekend fair on November 21-22, aimed at reconnecting Bangkok’s urban population with nature.

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Orangutan Return Monitored, Awareness of Wildlife Smuggling Raised

On November 12, a group of 14 smuggled orangutans were transported from Bangkok back to their native Indonesia. Freeland has been instrumental in organizing the DNA testing of smuggled orangutans in Thailand so subspecies can be reliably determined and correctly returned.

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Wildlife Leaders from China Visit Kenya

In the first half of November a group of wildlife leaders from China visited Kenya to strengthen bilateral ties between government officials and reiterate China’s commitment to combating wildlife crime.

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