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Overview of day

Focus on the importance of a partnership approach in furthering the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Movement and the resulting legacy impacts and initiatives.

Opening: Featuring the U.S Embassy, Thailand; ASEAN Secretariat; and Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment


Session 1: Sustaining a Counter Wildlife Trafficking Movement


Session 2: Tipping the Scales - Legacy Impacts and Partnership Initiatives


Session 3: Lessons Learned - Adapting in a Shifting Landscape


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Session Objectives and Outcomes


  • To highlight the importance of regional partnerships and collaboration, and national leadership as part of a harmonized and integrated approach to combating wildlife trafficking

  • To help set the context and tone of the forum

  • To provide an opportunity for high-level speakers to share their views, and for them to inspire, motivate and help set the direction of the CWT movement

  • To introduce the goals and objectives of the forum



  • High level statements about the importance of regional partnerships and collaboration, and national leadership

Opening Session Speakers

Welcome remarks
Michael Heath U.S. Charge d’Affaire, U.S. Embassy, Thailand

Opening remarks
H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN

Elevating Counter Wildlife Tracking efforts in South East Asia – Forging a New Era in Regional Partnership
H.E. Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Forum overview
Peter Collier, Chief of Party, USAID Wildlife Asia

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Session Objectives and Outcomes


CWT - Past, Present and Future: How the CWT movement has evolved and grown over the last 15-20 years

  • To set the scene and provide a snapshot of how the CWT space/ movement has changed and evolved over the 10-15 years

  • To highlight how where we have been and where we are now can shape the future of CWT programs and activities

The Case for a Regional Approach: It Takes More than a Village: How initiatives connect and reinforce each other at the national, regional, and international level.

  • To outline the importance of addressing CWT through a regional lens and how this approach can amplify impact especially through a more coordinated approach

  • To present the big picture and outline ASEAN’s institutional structure to address CWT, cooperation with international organizations/ partners and milestone achievements, to finish with the priorities in next 5 years.

  • Provide the justification for a regional programming approach for partners and make the case for a transnational approach to planning, coordination and collaboration.

  • Explain the relationship between regional and national planning and coordination and how these different levels of planning inform each other.



  • A better understanding of the macro-CWT landscape and the important role that regional CWT initiatives have to play in supporting CWT efforts.

Resources for this session

ACET Illicit Wildlife Trade in SE Asia 2019

UNODC World Wildlife Crime Report 2020

TRAFFIC TRAPS SE Asia at the Heart of Wildlife Trade 2020

WJC Crime Convergence Report 2021

Session 1 Speakers

MC: Veronica Pedrosa

CWT - Past, Present and Future: How the CWT movement has evolved and grown over the last 15-20 years
Presentation by Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Steve Galster, Chairman, Freeland


The Case for a Regional Approach: It Takes More than a Village: How initiatives connect and reinforce each other at the local, national, regional, and international level
Presentation by ASEAN Secretariat


A Call to Global Action
Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson, Hawaii Supreme Court, USA

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Session Objectives and Outcomes

Topline Initiatives, Achievements and Impacts: How strong partnership initiatives have advanced approaches at national, regional and international levels; how these approaches are being tailored, integrated and institutionalized; and what’s next.



  • To share innovations/initiatives developed through a partnership/joint organizational effort approach in CWT demand reduction, law enforcement, policy, their impact and lessons learned

  • To share and discuss legacy tools that can be used by the CWT partners/community



  • Improved understanding and appreciation of various partnership innovations and initiative in CWT and their impact in reducing consumer demand, strengthening law enforcement and policies

  • Awareness and appreciation of various tools that are available to enhance the impact of partnership initiatives in CWT

Resources for this session

USAID Wildlife Asia CSR Guidebook 2019

USAID Wildlife Asia SBCC Guidebook 2020

Vietnam National Assembly Handbook for Conservation Policy 2019

Session 2 Speakers

Moderator: Natalie Phaholyothin, CEO, WWF Thailand


Partnership Legacies

  • Dr. Craig Kirkpatrick, Regional Wildlife Conservation Advisor, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)


Reducing Demand for Wildlife

  • Rabia Mushtaq, Communications Specialist, WildAid Thailand,

  • Chenyue (YK) Ma, Program Manager, IFAW China


Institutionalizing Law Enforcement Capacity

  • Steve Galster, Chairman, Freeland


Aligning and Strengthening Prosecutorial and Judicial Responses

  • Jedsada (Jesse) Taweekan, Regional Illegal Wildlife Trade Program Manager, WWF


Strengthening Judicial Institutions in Environmental Law

  • Dr. Georgina Lloyd, Regional Coordinator Asia and the Pacific of Environmental Law and Governance, UNEP

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Session Objectives and Outcomes


  • To capture some of the main lessons learned in implementing CWT activities and to consider how these can be used to inform and guide the way forward.

  • To help set the scene by providing examples of some of the key lessons that USAID Wildlife Asia has learned in the last 5 years of implementation.


  • A distillation of some of the major lessons learned in the CWT space which can be shared with partners.

Resources for this session

ODI UWA as Case Study for Adaptive Management 2020

USAID Wildlife Asia CWT Digest IV 2020

Session 3 Speakers