Championing law’s change for wildlife recovery


Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has had a great period of success in our advocacy program to increase the protection of species and change Vietnamese wildlife law. 

Our staff presented over 20 national or technical workshops to review wildlife laws or government decrees. We led efforts to build up the profiles for all small carnivores and pangolins in Vietnam and contributed to pangolin conservation internationally in supporting the upgrading of species conservation status internationally. SVW also led or joined several campaigns calling to increase punishment for illegal poaching and trading. 

As a national non-profit organisations led by Vietnamese, we are often called upon to join meetings and workshops about wildlife conservation by the Vietnamese government 

© SVW - Tran Phuong Mai

Conservation Planning Workshop for Owston’s Civet in April, 2019


© SVW - Ho Thi Kim Lan

Contributing to a lobbying process to help transfer all eight pangolin species from Appendix II to Appendix I of CITES

© SVW - Le Van Dung

The transfer of Owston’s Civet, Spotted Linsang and Large Spotted Civet into Decree 64/2019/ND-CP and adjusting species list of Decree 160/2013/ND-CP, giving it the highest protection level in Vietnam


SVW led a campaign to call upon the Vietnamese government to make the possession of snare traps or hunting dogs in areas where hunting is prohibited, or illegally organizing temporary hunting camps in strictly protected areas punishable by financial fines. These activities were regulated in decree 35/2019/NĐ-CP.

© SVW - Peter Yuen

In 2014 SVW succeeded in working with the Vietnamese government to remove pangolin scales from the list of items covered by health insurance.