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Bangkok - Recent crackdowns on illegal trade in endangered species has demonstrated a growing level of cooperation among South-East Asian authorities to protect the region's biodiversity, the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) claimed Wednesday. According to ASEAN-WEN, a cross-border enforcement network that has been in operation since 2005, there were five major crackdowns on illicit trade in endangered species this month in South-East Asia.
"Indonesian officials, fresh from an intensive three week ASEAN-WEN Network Investigation Course in Bogor, West Java, led the way with major busts that will send a clear message to other wildlife traffickers in the region," said ASEAN-WEN in a statement.
On March 3 Indonesian Police intercepted a shipment of 3,500 Green Turtles eggs being smuggled by motorboat on a river in Derawan Island, East Kalimantan.
"Responding to a tipoff, a police officer and trainee from the ASEAN-WEN training course made the seizure," said ...