47289-001: Support to Combat Transnational Organized Environmental Crime and Promote Environmental Law Reform and Enforcement

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


This R-CDTA will contribute to the better protection and understanding of the nature and scope of wildlife crime in Asia and the Pacific and its widespread implications on poverty, sustainable development and economic and inclusive growth in ADB's DMCs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Combating illegal wildlife trade involves the full range of interdisciplinary law enforcement or the "enforcement chain". It requires no less than coordination between many ministries, including the judiciary, prosecutors, economists, law-makers, lawyers, police, trade and customs officials, as well as environmental, wildlife, and marine agencies to uphold the rule of law. Anti-corruption and integrity through this full enforcement chaim is key. In doing so, the enforcement process needs to be transparent, and capacity amongst ministries and agencies needs to be built both individually, and in terms of their ability to work together. ADB's Long-Terms Strategic Framework 2008-2020 (Strategy 2020) calls for ADB to strengthen environmental regulatory frameworks and enforcement capacities of public institutions, recognizing good governance and capacity development as drivers of change to improve regional public goods such as environmental quality, and promote regional cooperation. ADB's environment Operational Directions (2013-2020) further defines ADB's strategic priorities for the environment, by setting out ADB's strategy for operational work on the environment until 2020. It has identified each of (i) environmental governance, and (ii) "natural capital" as two of ADB's four mutually supportive operational directions needed to promote the transition to green growth. ADB's response to its strategic priorities and the increasing needs to address environmental challenges vary from support in the establishment of new laws, training members of the legal profession, support public participation in environmental governance, partnering with various regional and international organizations, and networking with partners and civil society.


Better protection of wildlife in Asia and the Pacific through reduction in wildlife crime.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improvement in the legal frameworks implementation and enforcement of CITES provisions and national laws concerning legal and illegal international wildlife trade in DMCs.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

(i) National policy and/or laws and/or regulations. (ii) Analytical tools, research awareness and enforcement materials. (iii) Regional and national workshop proceedings. (iv) Expanded networl of ADB with related experts and institutions on environmental laws, particularly in the region.


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