ROCB A/P Attends the TRAFFIC Consultative Workshop



29 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Upon the invitation of the TRAFFIC, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and Mr. Jing CHENG, Technical Attaché of the ROCB A/P, along with the experts from the WCO and WCO RILO A/P attended the Consultative Workshop which was held from 29 to 30 of January 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. The main theme of the Workshop was “Countering Illegal WildlifeTrade: Collaborative Actions along Supply Chains”.

The Workshop was convened by the TRAFFIC and the WCO, with the support ofthe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Wildlife Trafficking Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (TRAPS) Project. For the first time the Workshop’s targeted participants were logistic operators, and was attended by the representatives from leading air and sea carriers, logistic companies,industry associations, Customs, UN organizations and wildlife experts. Being fully aware of the important role of transportation in disseminating and smuggling illicit goods, the primary objective of the workshop was to increase awareness of the role of transportation and logistics industries in the illegal wildlife trade, build a deeper understanding of the risks and weak points along supply chains, and enhance collaboration and leadership to identify effective solutions to prevent illegal wildlife smuggling operations with a view to strengthening healthy supply chains and corporate policies.

Through this workshop, the participants were kept abreast with global trends, routes and challenges of illegal trade in wildlife and gained a deepened understanding on the importance of a comprehensive approach for the wildlife protection. Through the well designed discussions, the participants examined the risk areas throughout the irrelevant businesses and brainstormed the possible ways to address the problems from the logistics, Customs and the NGO perspectives. 

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