On October 26th, ILSTA held a lecture on Wildlife Crime attended by over 150 participants from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, National University of Laos, as well as online participants from the Faculty of Law and Administration (FLA) Champasak, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Champasak, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang, and legal practitioners from central agencies.
The lecture, by ILSTA Programme Officer Mr. Phetmany Khemmana, presented wildlife crime and commonly trafficked species of flora and fauna, as well as the legal framework in place to combat wildlife trafficking. Laos became a party to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 2004 and has since adopted national legislation to enable CITES implementation at the national level. Laos is a target for illegal wildlife trafficking as a source, transit, and destination point. The presentation was followed by an extensive Q&A session and an open exchange with the audience.