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  • Shubhobroto Ghosh
    http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/may2h10.htm Wildlife trade regulation workshop concludes By P Marilyn Dr David Lawson delivering his closing remarks. Group
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      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
      participants.

      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
      Jamil Al-Sufri.

      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
      flora.

      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.
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