The Greater Mekong Subregion is a biodiversity hotspot. The Greater Mekong Sub-region is a biodiversity hotspot, one of the last regions where a rich diversity of iconic wildlife species can be found. While internationally wildlife has received plenty of attention, protection on the ground is often compromised by many factors. On this basis, APFNet initiated the establishment of the Conservation of Animals Threatened in Cross-boundary Habitats in 2017, inviting relevant departments of wildlife protection in the region to strengthen cross-border cooperation on wildlife protection, to provide a platform for exchange information and policy discussions, to support cross-border cooperation, and to enhance the level of regional conservation and management.
@Wild’s vision is to contribute to a future where in the next few decades wildlife in cross-boundary areas in the GMS region is better conserved and fewer species and forest ecosystems are endangered. Furthermore, the relationship among wildlife, livelihood and forest management can be fully recognized and is reflected in the planning and decision making process in the forestry and wildlife sector.
@Wild’s mission is to help conserve wildlife in transboundary areas in the GMS region through the use of wildlife conservation tools as well as increased cooperation and information sharing between its member economies.
1. Enhance the level of formal cooperation in the area of wildlife conservation between member economies
2. Strengthening cross-boundary cooperation & experience sharing on wildlife conservation issues
3. Raise awareness about and develop comprehensive wildlife habitat management guidelines for Sustainable and Ecological Forest Management
The primary target group of the initiative are government officials working in wildlife conservation departments. The secondary target group are government officials working in departments that are at times also confronted with wildlife conservation issues.