U.S. Embassy Co-Hosts Wildlife Conference April 10-12

The U.S. government funded a “Multilateral Workshop to Combat Wildlife Trafficking” in Kuala Lumpur on April 10-12, 2017, bringing together investigators and prosecutors with experience in handling wildlife trafficking and related environmental cases from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The workshop aimed to strengthen enforcement against wildlife trafficking, reduce demand for Illegally traded wildlife, and build international cooperation.

U.S. Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir delivered opening remarks at the workshop, highlighting the importance of strengthening international cooperation and inter-governmental coordination in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Malaysia Ministry Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Deputy Minister Datuk Dr. Ir. Hamim Samuri also delivered remarks. Nine Malaysian officials attended the conference, representing the Department of Wildlife and National Parks PERHILITAN, Royal Malaysian Customs KLIA, Sarawak Forestry Department, and the Sabah Wildlife Department.

The workshop was funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Previous workshops in this series were held in Indonesia in May 2014, Vietnam in October 2014, Laos in May 2015, and Thailand in January 2016.