Where we work
WCS Vietnam conducts work across all different geographic areas of Viet Nam. We work with all levels of the Vietnamese Government and engage with many different provincial authorities. WCS Viet Nam targets hot spots for wildlife trafficking particularly around land borders on key trafficking routes (see map below).
A breakdown of the hot spot areas where WCS Viet Nam works is as follows.
Viet Nam and China share an expansive border of over 1,300km along seven provinces in the north of Viet Nam, which sees busy trade activities between the two countries on land and sea. Of which, Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Lao Cai are considered the most important land border gates. In addition, Hai Phong City is one of the largest ports in Viet Nam.
WCS also works with national government agencies in the capital of Ha Noi to influence and develop high level strategic change to combat wildlife trafficking. Further information about work we conduct in Ha Noi can be found on our Influencing Government Stakeholders page.
Since 2012, WCS Viet Nam has been collaborating with local authorities in key provinces in central Viet Nam, i.e. With Quang Binh, Nghe An and Ha Tinh. The aim in this region is to strengthen local law enforcement authorities to reduce illegal wildlife hunting and trade within central Viet Nam as well as cross-border crimes. These provinces share a border with Laos and are a main transit region for multi-national wildlife crime networks. A series of capacity training courses and inter-agency meetings and workshops have been organised for local frontline officers.
In southern Viet Nam, WCS has focused efforts on disrupting illegal wildlife trade links in two key areas: the Southern Annamites Western Slopes (SAWS) landscape and Ho Chi Minh Metropolitan area.
WCS has conducted biodiversity surveys which noted a high diversity and abundance of wildlife, particularly of primates and terrestrial vertebrate species in SAWS, which includes forest areas in the provinces of Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc in Viet Nam and contiguous forest extending from the Seima landscape in eastern Cambodia.
Information collected through surveys and investigations revealed that wildlife in this landscape are facing serious threats such as habitat degradation and loss, illegal hunting and trade. Wildlife is illegally collected from the SAWS region and then trafficked and sold in the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, which consists of Bien Hoa City (Dong Nai province), Thu Dau Mot town (Binh Duong province) and Ho Chi Minh city.
Map of major hotspot areas that WCS works in