Regional Specialist Training Completed

August 2nd to 6th, Kuala Lumpur: both enforcement officers and laboratory scientists attended a week long training event at the Headquarters of Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Scientists from nations which have wildlife forensic laboratories were trained in DNA techniques by Dr Ross McEwing of TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network. In parallel, enforcement officers from around the region were trained in sample collection and storage, report and statement writing, and giving evidence in court by Dr Rob Ogden from TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network. Enforcement officers were also trained in species identification, parts and derivatives identification and CITES permit authentication by experts from key partners TRAFFIC South East Asia.