The United States Agency of International Development will provide non-refundable aid of US$10 million for Vietnam to tackle wildlife smuggling from 2017 – 2021.
The project, just approved by the Prime Minister, has counterpart capital of VND11.125 billion (nearly US$500,000) funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The project includes completing the legal framework related to wildlife, enforcing the implementation of legal documents, and promoting communication to raise public awareness of using and buying wild animals and related products.
Illegal trading of wild species is estimated to bring smugglers US$10-15 billion each year. It depletes natural resources and increases the risk of spreading diseases.VNA