The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a non-profit, US-based private organization that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
WCS’s goal is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’ biodiversity. This is outlined in our 2020 strategy, which positions WCS to maintain its historic focus on the protection of species while developing an ambitious plan to engage with a rapidly changing world.
WCS has worked in Vietnam since 2006 with a focus on combatting illegal wildlife trafficking. WCS works to degrade, disrupt, and dismantle wildlife trafficking networks and reduce poaching pressure on wildlife populations. We facilitate collaboration and cross-agency action at domestic and international scales between key law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, natural resource regulatory agencies and civil society organizations. Our efforts have led to enhanced enforcement effectiveness, through the successful arrest, prosecution, and conviction of wildlife criminals along the trade chains.