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Focus on sustaining and strengthening the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Movement by working at the regional and national levels, and the importance and role of regional and national institutions, leaders, and champions.

  • Session 4: Counter Wildlife Trafficking Leaders, Champions, and Influencers

  • Session 5: ASEAN Regional Priorities for Countering Wildlife Trafficking

  • Session 6: Amplifying Action in Counter Wildlife Trafficking - Leveraging Regional and National Efforts through Partnership


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Session Objectives and Outcomes

Showcasing change agents: What can one person really do in terms of inspiring change, maximizing reach, mobilizing support, and sustaining movements and platforms? Influencers and champions talk from the heart and speak in their own words.


  • To share personal accounts of five CWT champions representing different sectors of society (fashion/lifestyle, religious/faith-based, hotels/tourism, business, judiciary) on why they have committed to CWT to serve as an inspiration to others

  • To share champions’ views on what more can be done to mobilize support and expand the movement for change in their own sectors

  • To present USAID Wildlife Asia campaign materials and brief campaign results



  • Increased understanding and appreciation of champions and their role in advancing the CWT movement for change

  • Awareness and appreciation of the role of champions in USAID Wildlife Asia campaigns and activities

Resources for this session


Expert Roundtable Briefing Paper - Messengers 2018

UWA - At a glance:

4 SBCC Campaigns

Session 4 Speakers

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Session Objectives and Outcomes


Advancing Regional Frameworks: How to influence and catalyze action at both the regional and national level


  • To 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.



  • Introduction and reintroduction to CWT stakeholder community of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action for CITES and WE and Chiang Mai Ministerial Statement as existing sets of ASEAN Regional Priorities and Plans that could be advanced through coordinated support by CWT partners and stakeholders.

  • Discussion and suggestions by session discussants and speakers on how such policy frameworks can be coordinated and implemented effectively by regional organizations, member states and supporting development partners, which helps lay groundwork for addressing subsequent session objectives.

Resources for this session

ASEAN AMAF Joint Press Statement 42nd Meeting 2020

ASEAN Chiang Mai Statement 2019

ASEAN CITES - WE Plan of Action 2021-2025

Session 5 Speakers

Moderator: Steve Galster, Chairman, Freeland

Chiang Mai Statement, Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade

  • Dr. Klairoong Poonpon, Director of CITES Implementation and Monitoring, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment


The ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on CITES and Wildlife Enforcement

  • Dian Sukmajaya, Senior Officer, ASEAN Secretariat



  • Dhannan Sunoto, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID PROSPECT

  • Dr. Dindo Campilan, Regional Director for Asia and Hub Director for Oceania, IUCN

  • Peter Collier, Chief of Party, USAID Wildlife Asia

  • Ben Janse van Rensburg, Chief, Enforcement Support, CITES Secretariat

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Session Objectives and Outcomes


Amplifying Action in Counter Wildlife Trafficking: How to leverage regional and national efforts through Partnership



  • After hearing from the presenters and panelists in session 5 on the ASEAN regional priorities for CWT, where the Chiang Mai Statement and AWG CITES and Wildlife Enforcement 5-year Regional Plan of Action for 2021-2025 were presented, session 6 presents an opportunity for the other ASEAN organizations to present on their CWT efforts and how those efforts are or can be aligned coordinated with the priorities presented in session 5 and for the CWT stakeholder community to discuss and comment.



  • For the other ASEAN organizations to introduce to the CWT Stakeholder Community (CWT Development Partners, Donor and Stakeholders) of their CWT program/ efforts

  • For the other ASEAN organizations to better align and coordinate their CWT efforts with the ASEAN priorities on CWT

  • For the ASEAN organizations (including AWG CITES and Wildlife Enforcement) to collaborate more effectively going forward

  • For the CWT Stakeholder Community to better support such alignment, coordination and collaboration.

Resources for this session

AIPA Report of the 8th AIPA Caucus 2016

UNODC World Wildlife Crime Report 2020

AIPA Resolution at 36th General Assembly 2015

Session 6 Speakers

Moderator: Steve Galster, Chairman, Freeland



  • DAC Jim Wee, Executive Director, ASEANAPOL Secretariat

  • Nguyen Tuong Van, Secretary General, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly

  • Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Executive Director, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity

  • Briony Eales, Asian Development Bank – Introduction to Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE) and CWT

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