Wildlife App to Help Local Law Enforcement Officers Protect Wildlife

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Two Vietnamese police officers learn how to use wildlife identification app WildScan Photo: Freeland

Two Vietnamese police officers learn how to use wildlife identification app WildScan
Photo: Freeland

On November 2 and 3, Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) and Freeland showcased WildScan, an endangered species identification and response app to more than 80 law enforcement officers in Vietnam. The comprehensive mobile application is designed to combat wildlife trafficking, and enables front-line enforcement agencies, conservation officers, and the general public to correctly identify, report and handle marine, freshwater and terrestrial animals caught in the illegal wildlife trade. After a pilot phase in Vietnam the application has been upgraded to include nearly 40 additional rare and endangered species from the country’s priority protection list. Two workshops were held to provide instruction on the features of the app: one at Freeland’s advanced wildlife crime investigations course for senior law enforcement officers at the Peoples Police Academy, and another organized by BCA under the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). WildScan is a product of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) that was designed with input from conservation experts to combat trans-boundary wildlife smuggling.

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