Illegal wildlife tradein Southeast Asia and China

Published 3 September 2020


The shifting dynamics of illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and China

Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd September 2020—a new study released today highlights key developments in conservation legislation, outlines some of the innovative social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) research projects and campaigns, and explores illegal wildlife seizures made across Southeast Asia and China in 2019. It builds on earlier studies carried out in the same regions in 2017 and 2018 and was compiled by TRAFFIC under the USAID Wildlife Asia Activity. 

Counter wildlife trafficking digest: Southeast Asia and China, 2019

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September 2020

About USAID Wildlife Asia

USAID Wildlife Asia works to address wildlife trafficking as a transnational crime. The project works to reduce consumer demand for wildlife parts and products, strengthen law enforcement, enhance legal and political commitment and support regional collaboration to reduce wildlife crime in Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam. USAID Wildlife Asia focuses on four species: elephant, rhinoceros, tiger and pangolin. For more information, please visit


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working to ensure that trade in wild species is legal and sustainable, for the benefit of the planet and people.