The Penal Code Revision: A wildlife protection milestone for Vietnam

At ENV, we are looking ahead to the future with the ambition of reaching the point in time where the law and application of the law afford endangered wildlife an opportunity to survive and recover in nature.

In late November, the government signed into law the new penal code, greatly strengthening legal protection for wildlife in Vietnam, a significant step forward toward reaching this goal and reinforcing the government’s commitment to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. 


Pangolin Consumer Crime in Vietnam: The Results of ENV surveys and enforcement campaigns, 2011-2015

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals on earth, which is largely due to the perceived value of their scales in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Since 2005, ENV has been working to protect pangolins and other endangered wildlife through the implementation of an integrated strategy aimed at strengthening law enforcement, reducing consumer demand, and improving and strengthening laws that protect wildlife. ENV has performed a number of surveys and assessments aimed at investigating pangolin crime and consumption in a number of major cities in Vietnam. 


Primates in the wildlife trade in VN August 2014

Primates in the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

The high demand for wildlife medicines and products creates extremely high pressures on wild populations of a great range of species. Nearly all of the animals having the highest value are species protected under Vietnamese law. However, law enforcement is inherently weak and poaching and trading of protected animals is more often treated as a trivial offense rather than a serious criminal act. Primates are a part of that illegal trade. For several species, the impact on wild populations is tremendous, and several populations have declined dramatically over the last few decades. 



Bear bile report cover EN May 6 2015

Analysis of change in bear bile use 2015

In 2009 ENV carried out an initial survey in Vietnam’s three major cities: Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. The purpose of the survey was to improve ENV’s understanding of public attitudes to and use of bear bile in Vietnam. Results from the survey also provided insight into which bear bile messages were resonating with the public, enabling better targeting of educational material utilized in ENV’s demand reduction campaign. A second (post) survey was carried out in late 2014, and aimed to measure whether there had been any success in changing public attitudes and reducing bear bile use in Vietnam.


report card Hanoi

Evaluation report:  Effectiveness in addressing consumer wildlife crime in Hanoi

The consumer wildlife crime reduction campaign in Hanoi continues to show signs of success with the number of violations decreasing steadily in most districts. The performance of the original four districts, Dong Da, Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, and Hoan Kiem, shows an overall reduction of 64%, a significant improvement over the May 2014 evaluation. The districts of Long Bien and Cau Giay, having just completed only the first phase of the campaign, lag behind other districts and require stronger efforts by district authorities to reduce consumer crime and achieve performance levels in line with other Hanoi districts.