Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) is large wildlife law enforcement network that involves police, customs and environment agencies of all 10 ASEAN countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. ASEAN-WEN is:
A regional INTERGOVERNMENTAL law-enforcement network designed to combat the illegal wildlife trade
A proactive response to Southeast Asia’s alarming levels of wildlife trafficking and loss
A mechanism by which countries can share information and learn from each other's best practices
Through annual meetings, workshops and trainings, ASEAN-WEN facilitates increased capacity and better coordination and collaboration of law enforcement agencies between Southeast Asian countries, regionally and globally. Links with the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) offices, Interpol, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Justice and other wildlife law enforcement groups has broadened the Network's reach. Along with an increase in ASEAN-WEN's visibility, the region has also experienced a recent increase in wildlife law enforcement actions in Southeast Asia.
October 2011: the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry recognized in their Statement on “ASEAN and International Year of Forests 2011” the achievements and continuing efforts in addressing threats and challenges faced by the forestry sector in the region through enhancing efforts in addressing international trade of endangered species and wildlife enforcement.
Together with the ASEAN Member States, ASEAN-WEN is currently supported by its Program Coordination Unit (PCU), its Partner Organisations: the USAID ARREST(Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) Program, implemented by FREELAND foundation; TRAFFIC Southeast Asia; and TRACE Forensics Network.
The ARREST program is a five-year program funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FREELAND Foundation aimed at fighting the trafficking of illegal wildlife in Asia in three ways: reducing consumer demand; strengthening law enforcement; and strengthening regional cooperation and anti-trafficking network. ARREST unites the efforts of the member states of ASEAN, China and South Asia, NGOs, and private sector organizations. Together, these dedicated people and organizations are helping Asia respond to the challenge of protecting its unique wildlife. From 2005-2010, via a cooperative agreement with USAID, ASEAN-WEN Support Program (FREELAND Foundation and TRAFFIC) provided technical and policy support to the development of ASEAN-WEN and its national task forces.
ASEAN-WEN is currently supported by USAID, the US Agency for International Development. Non-governmental organization partners include FREELAND Foundation, and TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network. ASEAN-WEN has also developed links with partner countries and intergovernmental organizations such as the CITES Secretariat (Convention on International Trade in Engandered Species), the United States, Interpol, the United Nations Office on for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), The World Bank, Global Tiger Initiative, and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The network is building partnerships with China, South Asia, the European Community, Africa (through the Lusaka Agreement Task Force) Australia and New Zealand.
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