On 16-18/6/2020 and 23-25/6/2020, 70 economic and environment police officers participated in two training courses on wildlife crime investigation. These officers are currently working at central and local levels in 13 provinces and cities that are the key locations where illegal wildlife trade occurs.
Training in Ninh Binh
Training in Ho Chi Minh City
With the guidance from experienced experts in investigation, prosecution and procuracy, the trainees were updated with legal framework on wildlife management and protection, proceedings in handling violations related to wildlife, and practice handling specific wildlife situations and cases. Furthermore, the biodiversity and veterinary experts also provided the trainees with the knowledge and skills to identify wildlife species and wildlife products, and the principles of hygiene and safety in the process of dealing with wildlife which is evidence of wildlife seizing cases. Updated information on the acute pneumonia epidemic caused by the new strain of Corona virus (COVID-19) and its connection to illegal wildlife trade was also exchanged and discussed by students and lecturers.
Trainees actively engaged in the training
Trainees learned about tortoises in the field visit
With the close combination of theory and practice in the classroom and in the field, the trainees internalized more knowledge and skills to be able to apply to the investigation, detection and handling of wildlife crimes. In addition to the goal of enhancing professional knowledge, the training also promoted the connection and exchange of information and experience in handling violations on wildlife protection among trainees.
The training program was organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security with financial support from the European Union within the framework of the project "Collaboration for combating wildlife crimes". WCS will continue to accompany the trainees and instructors after the training to promote the effective application of trained knowledge and skills as well as provide the necessary technical support to combat wildlife crimes.