Experts and officials from science, law enforcement and environmental sectors in the Philippines gathered in Cebu for the Conference on Wildlife Forensics to develop a common vision and action plan to enhance the country’s capability in using forensic science to boost wildlife law enforcement and strengthen the campaign to end illegal wildlife trade.
The University of the Philippines and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service presented practical applications of forensic procedures in investigating wildlife crimes. Law enforcers and officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also shared their experiences in tapping forensics to improve their enforcement operations.
Toward the end of the event, conference participants came up with a five-year action plan to strengthen wildlife forensics in the Philippines. This includes designing and implementing a training curriculum on wildlife forensics and criminal investigation.
The conference was made possible through the combined efforts of the USAID Protect Wildlife project, the Partnership for Biodiversity Conservation III project under the International Technical Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the DENR, and the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee-Sub-committee on Environment and Natural Resources. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)