PCCCE and TRAFFIC sign MoU to protect wildlife

The Party Central Committee's Commission for Communication and Education (PCCCE) and the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Hanoi on June 19 to boost co-ordination in reducing the use of illegally traded wildlife products in Vietnam. 

At the signing ceremony
At the signing ceremony

Deputy Head of the PCCCE Bui The Duc said that as an organ of the Communist Party of Vietnam in directing communications activities, the PCCCE wants to inform all Vietnamese people and the international community of the role of Vietnam in the wildlife protection.

He noted that the PCCCE and TRAFFIC would implement joint activities to contribute to the conservation of nature for the sustainable development of Vietnam through addressing illegal wildlife trade and consumption.

TRAFFIC would hold exhibitions and training courses to convey messages on reducing the demand for wildlife products such as rhino horns, and raising the capacity of communications staff to change behaviour and enhance awareness of the people.

Head of Office for TRAFFIC in Vietnam, Madelon Willemsen said that “One of Vietnam’s busiest airports, Noi Bai, is a major transit site for illegal wildlife products, as we have seen a large number of seizures by Customs officials.”

She added that “With the high volume of visitors and these kinds of goods moving through Noi Bai International Airport, it is an opportune place to prevent illegal wildlife trade through both law enforcement and public education designed to change travelers’ behaviour and attitudes about rhino horn consumption.”