Mon. Jan 20th, 2020

Wildlife enforcers to receive smart phones to help combat wildlife trafficking

This is part of the Protect Wildlife project on strengthening the capacities of the wildlife enforcers, (File photo courtesy of CBC.ca)

Around 33 wildlife enforcers in the province are set to receive mobile devices they can use to make on-time reports about enforcement on illegal wildlife trading in the province.

The devices will be coming from the Protect Wildlife project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with counterpart from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Lawrence San Diego, communications specialist of the USAID wildlife project, said Monday it was the international aid agency’s mission director, Lawrence Hardy II, who promised to help the wildlife enforcers during his recent visit here.

“The mission director promised to help the wildlife enforcers with the tools that they needed. This is part of the Protect Wildlife project on strengthening the capacities of the wildlife enforcers,” he said.

San Diego said the commitment was made by Hardy to around 33 personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the week-long Forestry and Wildlife Law Enforcement Training held on February 26-March 2, 2018.

He explained that wildlife law enforcement is one of the five components of the Protect Wildlife. The others are Behavior Change Communication, Conservation Financing, Conservation and Governance and Conservation Research.

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