Meeting provided impetus to cooperation between the ROCB A/P and World Wild Fund for Nature

9 March 2022, Bangkok, Thailand


On 9 March 2022, Mr. Brian V. Gonzales, Head of Protection of Endangered Species, the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF)-Hong Kong visited the ROCB A/P. Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of ROCB A/P and Program Managers warmly welcomed Mr. Brian and discussed future collaboration between ROCB A/P and WWF to combat illegal wildlife trade (IWT) with him.


The meeting started with welcoming remarks from Mr. Kuramoto. He expressed his wishes for this meeting to strengthen cooperation with WWF.


Mr. Brian updated WWF activities such as developing tools and capacity building. He highlighted the activities for combating IWT in maritime supply chains and money laundering from IWT. Furthermore, he introduced the details of various tools developed by WWF in close cooperation with other international organization such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Maritime Organization (IMO).


Program Managers and Mr. Brian actively exchanged their insights on how to collaborate on enhancing knowledge and skills of Customs Administrations while promoting various useful tools developed by WCO, WWF and other international organizations. As the result of discussion, the ROCB A/P and WWF-Hong Kong have agreed on continuously working together for building capacity of Asia/Pacific Members to combat IWT.


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