28-29 March 2017, Bangkok

Annual Thailand Wildlife Enforcement Network Meeting 2017 was organized by the Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation of the Royal Government of Thailand at Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok from 28-29 March 2017. The two-day event brought together representatives from 27 national agencies to discuss the current trends in trafficking of key species of fauna and flora as well as examine the efforts of member agencies in the fight against wildlife crimes in Thailand, and implications of the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP17). The meeting highlighted the roles, in the same, of international organizations like United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) like International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

Mr. Manesh Lacoul, Deputy Director of the WEMS Secretariat delivered a presentation on the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) Initiative and offered a glimpse of the information management system for the participants. Many participants expressed interest in engaging more with the initiative based on the benefits it provides through a common information-sharing framework across law enforcement agencies, efficient management of information on monitoring of enforcement at local and national level, and provision of transnational and transcontinental link-up.

Thailand Wildlife Enforcement Network is a multi-agency network of law enforcement agencies involved in the fight against wildlife crimes in Thailand. The network is comprised of 25 law enforcement agencies, namely Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Royal Forest Department, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, The Zoological Park Organization under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, Department Of Provincial Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Department of Livestock Development, The Customs Department, Natural Resources And Environmental Crime Division, Royal Thai Police, Department of Business Development, Department of Special Investigation, Department of ASEAN Affairs, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, Public Relations Department, Thailand Post Limited, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Forest Fire Control Office, Wildlife Conservation Office, and Division of Wild Fauna and Flora Protection.

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Courtesy of Thailand-WEN