Indonesia and Vietnam have agreed to increase cooperation in preventing the illegal trafficking of wild plants and animals during the second dialogue in Bali on November 25.
The two sides exchanged information on law enforcement, particularly regulations related to the illegal trading of wild animals and wood.
Darori, the Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation under the Indonesian Forestry Ministry, said Indonesia wants to strengthen ties with Vietnam to fight against the illegal trading in tigers, armadillo and other wild species because smugglers often use Vietnam as a gateway to China.
Do Quang Tung, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), confirmed that the country is willing to work with Indonesia to protect wildlife, nature and the ecosystem.
The two countries agreed on a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in enforcing the existing laws, raising public awareness. and training human resources to assist in resolving this international issue.
The conference was held under the auspices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN).