The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), together with USAID, gathered around 180 participants from law enforcement units, national agencies, and civil society organizations across the country for the second Wildlife Law Enforcement Summit. Graduates from the eight batches of Training of Trainers on wildlife law enforcement hosted by BMB, and more recently, by the USAID Protect Wildlife project attended the event.
The national summit became a venue for sharing best practices, discussing challenges encountered, collaborative arrangements, and mapping out ways forward in enforcing wildlife and environmental laws in the Philippines. Partner agencies of the project, such as BMB, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, and the National Prosecution Service of the Department of Justice, claimed achievements in strengthening their capacities in enforcing wildlife laws through project’s support.
At the event, USAID Philippines Environment Office Director John Edgar expressed USAID’s support for boosting the efforts of Philippine partners in combating illegal wildlife trade.
“It is through our tight-knit coordination and constant sharing of practices that we can address the constantly evolving nature of wildlife crimes,” Edgar said.
Summit participants joined two workshops during the four-day event, the first of which focused on validating and refining the draft amendments to the Philippines’ Wildlife Act, while the second workshop focused on identifying activities to implement the short-term targets of BMB’s Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan. (Protect wildlife Project)