Wildlife trade regulation workshop concludes
By P Marilyn
Dr David Lawson delivering his closing remarks.
Group photo of participants, speakers and guest of honour. - PHOTOS: P
MARILYNThe three-day workshop on Wildlife Trade Regulation, the first ever
hosted in the nation by the Department of Agriculture and TRAFFIC Southeast
Asia, came to a close yesterday with the presentation of certificates to the
The participants comprised enforcement officers from the Royal Brunei Police
Force, Royal Brunei Customs & Excise and officers from government
departments - Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Museums.
Present as the guest of honour to present the certificates of participation
was Acting Director of the Department of Agriculture cum chairperson of the
event and Brunei National CITES Management Authority, Puan Hjh Normah Suria
Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama Dr Hj Awg Mohd
The three-day workshop was held to help enhance participants' knowledge and
awareness on tackling organised poaching and trafficking of wild animals and
plants in Southeast Asia.
The focus of the workshop was on basic implementation and enforcement of
CITES and the national wildlife legislation (Wild Fauna and Flora Order
2007), the smuggling of wildlife plus identification of species commonly
traded in Southeast Asia.
In delivering his closing remarks, Dr David Lawson, from TRAFFIC IUCN
Regional Office and ASEAN-WEN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Wildlife Enforcement Network) Support Programme, put forward several
recommendations in raising awareness on endangered species of wild fauna and
One of the recommendations was placing a sign in airplanes - in this case,
Brunei's National Carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines - to increase public's
knowledge on the consequences of poaching and trafficking of wild animals
and plants in and out of Brunei.
"Royal Brunei Airlines can be the first, as no other airlines has initiated
this," said Dr Lawson.
He also put forward the idea to integrate this awareness into school
curriculum to educate children from a young age.
Dr Lawson sees this as a 'remarkably effective' approach as children have a
major influence on their parents.
He also highlighted the need for all task force within the country to work
together in tackling the problem.
On the issue of training, Dr Lawson said that ASEAN-WEN has gathered all
training materials on wildlife termed 'Training Management Packages' to be
distributed free of charge to member countries and training institutions
within member countries.
Brunei Darussalam became a member of CITES (Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1990 and the
Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, is
the nation's Management Authority for CITES.
The three-day workshop was also part of a series of training programmes
under the umbrella of the ASEAN-WEN initiative to increase wildlife law
enforcement capacity throughout the region.
The workshop was held at the Orchid Garden Hotel.