CITES Appendix I is here!

Thai went to Africa with a misson...

Dear Friends and Supporters, on 21 September 2016, our Executive Director - Thai - brought to #CITESCoP17 a message from Vietnam: move all 8 Pangolin species to Appendix I.

And shared with us the big news!

 After a week of hard work, collaborating with other NGOs, lobbying all CITES parties, Thai finally witnessed the victory moment for Pangolins: four Asian and four African species were moved to Appendix I. He shared his thoughts afterwards: "We would like to thank all parties who made a great contribution for pangolin conservation efforts. Thank you to all organizations who worked very hard to achieved our mission."

But what does this mean?

Mission accomplished! These are some benefits from Appendix I for pangolins:

  • international trade for wild specimens is banned
  • greater protection in all countries
  • clear messages to consumers
  • increases the domestic protection for enforcement priority for the species as many CITES parties use CITES to apply national law
  • reduce the complexity of enforcing our national laws, will reduce the workload associated with the interception of pangolin products as all punishments will be the same
  • more investment from government and NGOs to address issues to save the species from extinction. 

September was such a busy month for all of our staff.

Advocacy – we contributed for pangolin conservation internationally

It is the first time ever that all NGOs shared the same goal to work hard to support the uplisting of all 8 pangolin species to CITES Appendix I. At the CITES CoP17 – South Africa, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife presented providing evidence of the increasing pangolin trade and the high demand of pangolin meat and scales in Asia. We also actively lobbied the CITES parties to help them understand the seriousness of the pangolin crisis so that they would support pangolin conservation. Before CoP17, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife also presented on the challenges of pangolin conservation at the first pangolin range start meeting in Vietnam, Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee – Switzerland, and the IUCN Wildlife Conservation Congress – Hawaii. Uplisting all 8 pangolin species to Appendix I is a victory for us and for other organizations and parties.

Building capacity for government officers

Phuong - our CPCP manager - lectured a training course hosted by WCS, Vietnam Police Institute and U.S Fish and Wildlife Services as a lecturer about wildlife recognition. The attendees also had one session with our animals in enclosures. This helped the government officers to improve understanding on carnivore and pangolin conservation status, identification and placement options for confiscated wildlife.

Research – Where is Chinese pangolin?

Are the Chinese Pangolins still extant in Vietnam? That's the question our research team has been working on. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has started the project to interview the local communities, hunters and government officers to find the present and conservation status of Chinese pangolin in Vietnam. Last month, our field team carried interview with local minorities, former hunters around Cuc Phuong National Park. The team will continue to expand to many other national parks and nature reserves across the northern and central Vietnam.

Education Outreach - Kids tour at our Education Center

Our Education Center also welcome a hundred students and teachers from United Nations International School of Hanoi, coming to be charmed by Lan's story-telling skill and Hoi An - the friendliest binturong in our center.

Ex-situ conservation - 33 Pangolins Released!

In September, we had chance to work with we had a chance to work with Ha Noi Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) – the largest government-run rescue center in Vietnam. The release went well.  It is the first time WRC has rescued and released the pangolins successfully. Building capacity for other rescue centres in Vietnam is one of our strategic goals. We are looking forward to continuing our support for Hanoi WRC and other centres to maximize the chance of confiscated pangolins from illegal trades being returned to the wild and contribute for conservation of wild population.

We also made a video to say thanks to all supporters of the fundraising campaign for the release which was another small achievement that we want to share with you!

Watch the video!

Role of rescue center — CITES CoP17

CITES Article VII requires Parties to provide placement options for confiscation of specimens in the case of live animals. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife presented about the role of rescue centres in species conservation. Rescue centres are not just institutions which look after the welfare of living wildlife, but they are also part of the solution in encouraging the combatting of the illegal trade. We shared our experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of confiscated animals in Vietnam and the issues that need to be addressed and provided guidance for establishing and working with rescue centres designated under CITES.

And these stories keep us going

An Origami gift from Nguyen Son Nam

Inspried by our most recent pangolin release, Nam - a 22 year-old Vietnamese spent six days to make an Origami pangolin. Even more amazing, he used - one of the oldest Vietnamese traditional paper for this design. Take a look!

A graphic designer from L.A

This is Elena. She just quit her job in L.A, travelled to Cuc Phuong to be our volunteer designer for two months to help us strengthen and develop our brand identity.  Besides doing great work for us, she has been really enjoying the perk of being a new-comer at SVW: a tour around Cuc Phuong National Park and Ninh Binh.

You will start seeing the results of Elena's work very soon!

A lecture in Moscow

Remember Sofia, our volunteer artist who painted beautiful murals for the Kid’s room in our education centre? She is now spreading the word about our work back in her home country of Russia via several lectures about civets, leopard cats, binturongs, pangolins and SVW center for school teachers in Moscow Zoo.

Так, что это за животное?

Volunteer with us – Read two blog posts from our volunteers

Laura Ealing wrote a  piece about her two-month experience as a volunteer. Acording to her,"Like an emotional vampire, I was soaking up the commitment and passion of the team at SVW."

And this is another beautiful line from Peter Cooper: "Pangolins, animals, nature – they’re magic. That’s why conservationists still go on, even when all seems impossible. Because of magic.". You can read the rest here.

As always, amazing experience is waiting at our volunter program. Learn More »

 And now, it's your turn

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