On the morning of 20th June 2019, the launch meeting for the EU-funded project "Support to Disrupting illicit supply chains of wildlife in Asia by leveraging civil society partnerships to increase the effectiveness of Government action" (Partners against Wildlife Crime), was held in Beijing, China.
The action was funded by DEVCO with a total contribution of EURO 8 million through grants to an alliance of 12 international and national civil society organizations in 7 countries in the Greater Mekong region as well as Malaysia and China. The project, through strengthening the role of civil society, indigenous and local communities in reinforcing security, protecting biodiversity, improving livelihoods and limiting demand for illegal-sourced wildlife products, aims to reduce wildlife and forest crime in and between the countries in the targeted region.
In China, the project is coordinated in collaboration with four partner organizations, including Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Global Environmental Institute (GEI), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Sun Yat-Sen University. The activities aim to promote trans-boundary cooperation and exert anti-trafficking interventions in key localities in China connecting with Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Also, it seeks to reduce the consumption preference of products from target taxa of Asian elephant, tigers and freshwater turtles, in the end market of Southern China.
Vicky Pollard from the EU Delegation introduced the EU Action Plan against Wildlife adopted in 2016 which highlighted EU's global role in the fight against illegal activities. She appreciated the support from NFGA for this EU action and welcomed all the partners involved into the action. Mr. Zhongze WU, Director of the Department of Wildlife Conservation of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China, emphasized the efforts taken by the Chinese government in combating crimes in wildlife trafficking. He warmly welcomes the support from the EU in an action of such a scale, and the participation of all the organizations to join forces in delivering good results under this important action. The key partners introduced their respective work in China and in the region, following which discussions were held in details on how each of their strengthens and experience can contribute to a successful implementation of the project through better partnership.
The project will be implemented in the next four years till the end of 2022.