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Has Vietnam banned the wildlife trade to curb the risk of future pandemics?

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(July 28, 2020)   -   On July 23rd 2020 the Vietnamese Government released Prime Minister’s Directive No. 29 on urgent solutions to manage wildlife. Whilst this Directive No. 29 is a positive development, it is not the game-changer that is being reported by some in the global media and that is urgently needed to prevent future zoonotic pathogen outbreaks such as that we are experiencing today. 

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Viruses from Field to Fork: Study Finds That Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People

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Viruses from Field to Fork: Study Finds That Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People
(June 18, 2020) HA NOI (June 17, 2020) – A new study found that animals sampled in the wildlife-trade supply chain bound for human consumption had high proportions of coronaviruses, and that the proportion of positives significantly increases as animals travel from traders, to large markets, to restaurants.The study, which appears in the pre-print journal bioRxiv, is by a team of scientists from WCS, the Department of Animal Health of the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural...

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Preventing future emerging infectious disease outbreaks in Viet Nam by amending policy on wildlife trade and consumption

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Preventing future emerging infectious disease outbreaks in Viet Nam by amending policy on wildlife trade and consumption
(March 27, 2020)   -   The current coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is killing thousands of people globally and causing major impacts to livelihoods, society, and economies across the world. COVID-19 is understood to have originated in wildlife, most probably in a market selling live wildlife in China (Cyranoski, 2020; Lu et al., 2020; Zhang et al., 2020; Zhou et al., 2020).

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Strengthening wildlife health surveillance in Viet Nam for effective monitoring and response to emerging diseases

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Strengthening wildlife health surveillance in Viet Nam  for effective monitoring and response to emerging diseases
(October 08, 2019)   -   Ha Noi, October 8, 2019: 40 representatives from Vietnamese government agencies and both international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) joined the inaugural  meeting for the INDOPACOM (Indo-Pacific Command) Wildlife Surveillance Project - co-implemented by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Department of Animal Health (DAH), Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD) from 2019-2021, with the support of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) - Biological Thre...

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Laos on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Laos on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking
(July 25, 2019)   -   Da Nang, July 23, 2019: 40 representatives of the Police Department of Environmental Crime Prevention, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention of Vietnam and Laos, Economic police and environmental police of Da Nang and the provinces located along the Vietnam-Laos border, included Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Bolikhamxay and Khamuane participated in a bilateral meeting to discuss about cooperation to prevent and combat of illegal wildlife traff...

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Cambodia on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking

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Technical meeting between Viet Nam and Cambodia on strengthening cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking
(March 28, 2019)   -   Da Nang, March 25-26, 2019, representatives from Customs of Viet Nam and Cambodia and Cambodian National Police met in Da Nang to discuss cross-border collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking.

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Enhancing prosecution capacity in handling wildlife-related crimes

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Enhancing prosecution capacity in handling wildlife-related crimes
(March 19, 2019)   -   Hanoi, March 15, 2019: 20 Vietnamese and Mozambican prosecutors have just completed a training course entitled 'Enhancing the prosecution capacity in handling wildlife-related crimes', co-hosted by Vietnam Supreme People’s Procuracy (SPP), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Hanoi Procuratorate University (March 11-15, 2019). After course, the 11 trained Mozambican prosecutors will play key roles in development and implementation of nation-wide trainings for prosecutors in their home c...

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Strengthening transcontinental cooperation to combat illegal wildlife trade between Vietnam and Mozambique

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Strengthening transcontinental cooperation to combat illegal wildlife trade between Vietnam and Mozambique
(January 24, 2019)   -   The delegation from Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam has finished its study tour to exchange experience with the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), Attorney General’s Office (PGR), and National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) of Mozambique.

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Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between Vietnam and Mozambique

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Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between Vietnam and Mozambique
(December 06, 2018) A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) on criminal matters was officially signed by Le Minh Tri - Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuracy (SPP) of Vietnam and Joaquim Verissimo – Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs of Mozambique on December 3, 2018 in Maputo. The signing was witnessed by Carlos Agostinho Rosario - Prime Minister of Mozambique and Tran Quoc Vuong - politburo member and permanent member of the Central Committee’s...

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Implementation of smartphone-based environmental DNA testing and capture technologies to detect Rafetus swinhoei in the wild

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Implementation of smartphone-based environmental DNA testing and capture technologies to detect Rafetus swinhoei in the wild
(May 24, 2018)   -   Ha Noi, April 26 to May 9, 2018: A training workshop introducing eDNA (environmental DNA)  and smartphone-based testing  for  the Swinhoe’s Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) , also known as Hoan Kiem turtle,  took place at Dong Mo  and Xuan Khanh lakes from April 26 to May 9, 2018.

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