United States and China Highlight Cooperation on Combating Wildlife Trafficking at the 7th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue
As part of the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), the United States hosted the third breakout session on wildlife trafficking and a public event, Wildlife Trafficking: Inside the Evidence Room, in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2015. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli and Minister Zhao Shucong of China’s State Forestry Administration led these events.
The United States and China pledged to increase cooperation and intensify collaboration to address the global challenge of wildlife trafficking. Specifically, the United States and China agreed to take steps to further restrict imports and domestic trade in elephant ivory and, for the first time, tackled marine species, agreeing to collaborate in stemming the illegal trade in totoaba and sea turtles, share public education best practices, and work jointly on enforcement. The two sides also agreed to explore opportunities to use new and emerging technologies to inform and improve wildlife protection and law enforcement.
Building upon their successful cooperation in the recent Cobra III international law enforcement action, the United States and China plan to continue to work together to disrupt criminal networks, target key supply chain chokepoints, enforce criminal penalties sufficient to deter future wildlife trafficking, and develop wildlife capacities globally through law enforcement training.
The United States and China reaffirmed their commitment to trilateral cooperation in Africa to fight wildlife trafficking at the source. They also discussed how to intensify demand reduction efforts jointly, in collaboration with other governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and local communities.
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