ROCB A/P emphasizes the role of Customs in combating illicit wildlife trade

28-29 August 2018, Changwat Pathum Thani, Thailand


      At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, represented the WCO to the Conference on ‘Science, Technology, and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs’ held from 28 to 29 August 2018 at the AIT Conference Center, Thailand, as a guest speaker.  Approximately 80 representatives from academia, private and public sectors, relevant international and government agencies participated in this Conference, which was convened by the Asian Institute of Technology of Thailand. The conference was opened by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Thailand Natural Resources and Environment, Dr. Wijarn Simachaya.  A video message from the President of the Republic of Nepal, Honorable Madam Bidya Devi Bhandar was also projected.

     At the Conference, Dr. Tong made a presentation on the wild life protection and the role of Customs, as well as the WCO’s priorities of tactical operational plan for 2018/2019 on combating wildlife crime, the progress of the WCO-INAMA Project which focus on strengthening the enforcement capacity of targeted Customs administrations in Sub-Saharan Africa, the WCO tools and instruments like IRIS Platform and the WCO Environment Programme.  He re-affirmed the commitment of Customs administrations across the globe to protecting the environment, and introduced the none-intrusive inspection and human face recognizing technology applied in Customs administration’s enforcement operation.

    The conference provided a unique opportunity to raise awareness about applying cutting-edged technologies. The conference shared the success stories in science and technology where its applications are being used by the governments and other stakeholders in addressing wildlife and forest crimes in real case scenarios.

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