NAKHON RATCHASIMA : Cambodian, Lao and Thai officials are taking a 14-day training course to beef up cooperation in the fight against wildlife smuggling across international borders.
The programme is organised by the Asean Wildlife Enforcement Network (Asean-WEN), the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and the Freeland Foundation as part of a campaign to curb illegal wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia. The lower Mekong region is one of the world's major transit points for smuggling endangered and exotic wildlife.
Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the training was aimed at enhancing officials' ability to stop the illegal wildlife trade and unauthorised logging along shared borders.
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