Joint Press Statement of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Implementation of CITES Bangkok , 1 December 2005

1. H.E. Mr. Yongyut Tiyapairat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand, officially opened the Special Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Implementation of CITES which was held on 1 December 2005 in Bangkok , Thailand , and attended by:

  • Honourable Dato Hamdillah H. A. Wahab, Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam
  • H.E. Mr. Uk Sokhonn, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
  • H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf, Ambassador of Indonesia to Thailand
  • H.E. U Ye Win, Ambassador of Myanmar to Thailand
  • Honourable Mr. Virgilio V. Vitug, Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines
  • H.E. Mr. Peter Chan, Ambassador of Singapore to Thailand
  • H.E. Mr. Yongyut Tiyapairat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment,
    Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
  • Honourable Mr. Ha Cong Tuan, Director General of Forest Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
  • H.E. Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General.

2. The Meeting was chaired by H.E Mr. Yongyut Tiyapairat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand and Honourable Mr. Virgilio V. Vitug, Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines was elected as the Vice – Chairman.

3. The Ministers noted the endorsement of the ASEAN Regional Action Plan on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (2005 – 2010) by the 8th Meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry and full support extended by the 27th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) on 29 September 2005.

4. The Ministers noted the outcomes and recommendations of ASEAN Inaugural Wildlife Law Enforcement Network Workshop, held on 17-21 October 2005 at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance regional cooperation on the implementation of CITES.

5. The Ministers expressed full support for the establishment of the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) and issued an ASEAN Ministers Statement on launching the ASEAN-WEN on 1 December 2005. The adopted ASEAN Ministers Statement is attached herewith.

6. The Ministers agreed that ASEAN-WEN is an integrated network among law enforcement agencies and is designed for the officials of CITES Authorities, Customs, Police, Prosecutors, Specialized Governmental Wildlife-Law Enforcement Organizations and other relevant national law enforcement agencies.

7. The Ministers from other ASEAN Member Countries expressed their appreciation to the Government and People of Thailand for hosting the Special Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Implementation of CITES and for their warm hospitality.