The US embassy and consulate Tuesday joined 47 government offices, businesses, and organizations around Vietnam in a program aimed at raising awareness of threats to the country's wildlife.
The embassy has partnered with Vietnamese NGO Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) for a program called a "Wildlife Safety Zone" in which all staff are encouraged to report crimes against wildlife and not to consume wildlife-related products.
It is the first foreign embassy to join ENV's Wildlife Safety Zone program.
"Vietnam is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries in the world," US ambassador David Shear said.
"I am proud to join ENV to commit to protect Vietnam's natural heritage in my own activities and to spread the word to encourage others to do the same."
ENV is also a partner in the US Agency for International Development's Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking program, which fights wildlife trafficking by reducing consumer demand, strengthening law enforcement, and strengthening regional cooperation and anti-trafficking networks.
ENV's toll-free national hotline (1800 1522) enables anyone to anonymously report wildlife crimes, such as wildlife or wildlife products being sold in restaurants, markets, or hotels.