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The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN)

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ASEAN-WEN is an intergovernmental initiative bringing ASEAN governments together to combat wildlife crime © James Compton / TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
ASEAN-WEN is an intergovernmental initiative between 10 Southeast Asian governments to combat wildlife crime.

TRAFFIC, alongside FREELAND Foundation (formerly known as PeunPa) via a co-operative partnership with USAID, provides technical assistance to government agencies implementing ASEAN-WEN.

ASEAN-WEN's origins lie in the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP13) in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2004, which led, in 2005, to an ASEAN Regional Action Plan on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora 2005-2010, and the formal launch of ASEAN-WEN in December 2005.

The initiative aims to improve wildlife trade legislation, law enforcement networking and enable more science-based decision making and information sharing through national and regional co-operation between enforcement agencies, such as police and Customs in the ASEAN region. In the long-term, ASEAN-WEN also aims to encourage more prosecutions, maintain political will for the initiative, and increase awareness of the initiative amongst the public and law enforcement officers.

ASEAN-WEN has led to several high-profile wildlife seizures involving protected species of animals and plants.

TRAFFIC has been involved in several workshops for training enforcement officers and for highlighting the seriousness of wildlife crimes to judiciaries in the ASEAN region.

ASEAN-WEN has external links with enforcement agencies in China, USA, the European Union and Australia, and with the Secretariats of ASEAN and CITES, Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), including WCO's Regional Intelligence Liaison Office.

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