This CEPF funded undertaking goals to evaluate the present scenario of unlawful wildlife commerce and consumption in and round Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve in China and the bordering provinces of Namtha and Phongsali in Laos, to enhance and improve the regulation enforcement capability of the frontline workers; and educate native tourism enterprises, indigenous folks and vacationers concerning the prohibition of unlawful wildlife commerce.
Xishuangbanna Prefecture in Yunnan Province is likely one of the biodiversity richest areas in China, bordering Laos, and a lot of the space belongs to the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, which has excessive biodiversity conservation worth. Asian elephants and different wild animals usually roam the border between the 2 international locations. Nevertheless, due to the outdated manufacturing strategies of the ethnic minorities dwelling within the bordering areas of China and Laos, they rely closely on the pure assets of their habitat and hunt wild animals. Whereas the native folks’s earnings comes from agriculture, a few of the poached wildlife is bought into native eating places or markets, and the proceeds from the sale of unlawful wildlife merchandise are increased than the earnings from agricultural sources.
Due to the dearth of supervision of the border space, the area has turn into a sizzling spot for unlawful wildlife commerce and consumption, and plenty of vacationers come right here to devour unlawful wildlife merchandise, which threatens to destroy the native biodiversity and brings an incredible impediment to the conservation of wildlife in each international locations, and likewise will increase the chance of human-animal syndrome.
In an effort to defend native biodiversity, it’s essential to scale back native unlawful wildlife commerce practices and cut back the chance of human-animal illness outbreaks in wildlife sources. The undertaking workforce has been engaged on Asian elephant conservation in Xishuangbanna Nature reserve by offering coaching to IWT officers and patrol members in using tools, proof assortment, preservation of proof, and reporting of legal exercise, in cooperation with the corresponding Lao authorities.
To additional strengthen the capability of the character reserve workers on cross border wildlife enforcement, the coaching programs carried out coated a variety of matters together with wildlife regulation enforcement, species identification in widespread commerce within the area, details about the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and regional wildlife commerce scenario, in addition to confiscated dwell animal dealing with and husbandry.
On twenty fourth August, Dr. ZENG Yan, the director of the Workplace of the Nationwide Scientific Fee on Endangered Species (CITES Scientific Authority of China, CNSA) gave a lecture concerning the CITES and its Appendices of animal and plant species which might be essentially the most endangered. Mr. LI Chun, the previous director of the Kunming Workplace of CITES Administration Authority of China (CNMA), defined the identification of widespread traded species in Yunnan border areas. Ms. WU Hanqin, this system supervisor of the Worldwide Fund for Animal Welfare’s Combating of On-line Wildlife Crime, gave a lecture concerning the standing and countermeasures of unlawful wildlife commerce within the Southwest China border area.
On twenty fifth August, Ms. ZHANG Xiaoxi, the analysis undertaking supervisor of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), gave a lecture on “Primary strategies and security tips for short-term husbandry of confiscated dwell wildlife”, and the BNU undertaking chief, Prof ZHANG Li gave a lecture about Asian elephant conservation within the area.
These coaching programs have been extensively welcomed by the workers and rangers of Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve. After the coaching, BNU CEPF undertaking workforce mentioned with the character reserve leaders to determine the subsequent steps to conduct a wildlife commerce survey and mix enforcement actions along with Laotian counterpart throughout the later a part of the 12 months.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) empowers non-governmental organizations, Indigenous teams, universities and personal enterprises to guard the world’s biodiversity hotspots and assist communities thrive. It’s a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation Worldwide, the European Union, the International Setting Facility, the Authorities of Japan, and the World Financial institution. Within the Indo-Burma Hotspot, it’s also supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
IUCN serves as CEPF’s Regional Implementation Staff within the Indo-Burma Hotspot.