Combating Wildlife Crime
ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) was established in 2005 to facilitate and motivate public involvement in efforts to combat wildlife trade, and to improve the effectiveness of front line law enforcement agencies.
The WCU has documented more than 10,177 wildlife crime cases as of September 2016. Since 2005, hundreds of animals have been confiscated as a direct result of ENV’s cooperation with law enforcement, along with fines administered to violators, advertisements and menus removed, businesses sanctioned, and markets closed. ENV’s work on wildlife crime is widely credited as having helped transform the quality of wildlife protection enforcement in Vietnam through promoting greater transparency in enforcement and a sustained level of support and attention on wildlife crime.
Wildlife Crime Hotline – 1800 1522
The WCU administers a national toll-free hotline for reporting of wildlife crimes. Information reported to ENV through the hotline is passed on to the appropriate authorities. ENV then works closely with law enforcement agencies, tracking each case through to conclusion, and documenting the results on ENV’s secure web-based Wildlife Crime Database. The WCU strives to achieve a successful outcome for each case, helping coordinate placement of animals, providing advice to the authorities, and encouraging bold action that would serve to deter future crime. Read more about our success stories.
Wildlife trade monitoring
The WCU runs a growing national network of over 6,000 volunteers in 59 provinces who assist with monitoring and surveying consumer wildlife trade hotspots in urban centers throughout Vietnam.
“Compliance monitoring” involves inspections of business establishments where violations have been previously reported by the public; or through surveys to ensure that owners are in compliance with the law following a previous enforcement intervention coordinated by ENV. Restaurants and other businesses that fail to meet compliance following inspection are subject to further action until full compliance is achieved. Learn more about wildlife crimes in Vietnam.