The Regional Counter Wildlife Trafficking Partnership Forum is a virtual event co-hosted by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Thailand, and USAID Wildlife Asia in collaboration with the WWF, the ASEAN Secretariat, Asian Development Bank, World Bank Global Wildlife Program, Global Environment Facility, and United Nations Development Programme. The forum will bring together key Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) partners and stakeholders in Asia and beyond to strengthen collaboration, planning and cooperation towards protecting biodiversity and ending the trade in illegal wildlife as we enter a post-pandemic landscape.
The overview of each day during the Forum was as follows
Day 1 (Tuesday September 21): Focus on the importance of a partnership approach in furthering the CWT Movement and the resulting legacy impacts and initiatives.
Day 2 (Wednesday September 22): Focus on sustaining and strengthening the CWT movement by working at the regional, national and local levels, and the importance and role of regional and national institutions, leaders, and champions.
Day 3 (Thursday September 23): Partner Dialogue with focus on the current CWT landscape, the impacts of COVID, priorities in a post-COVID world, partner plans, and opportunities to strengthen coordination mechanisms moving forward, including a presentation highlighting the outcomes of the Development Partner discussions.
Showcase the growth and potential of the CWT movement and advance sustainability of partnerships, achievements, and legacy impacts and initiatives.
Support and advance partner country and ASEAN CWT leadership including coordinated partner support for the implementation of regional priorities and the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action.
Provide a forum for partners to present ongoing and forthcoming CWT programs/funding, discuss Counter Wildlife Trafficking issues, and advance coordinated action.
Facilitate discussion among development partners to identify new areas of investments in policy, behavior change, law enforcement, and the emerging responses to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking through a One Health approach.
Announce the initiation of a consultation process to develop a Counter Wildlife Trafficking Development Partners Coordination Platform for Asia.