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Customs and other law enforcement agencies now have a new ENV guide to help identify freshwater turtles and tortoises.
We have updated the 2010 edition in the light of the new Penal Code and changes to the protection status of some turtle species. The guide, developed in partnership with the Asian Turtle Program and the Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park, features 25 species and includes identification features, habitat, and the current status of each species, as well as comparisons.
A total of 1,700 copies of the guide will be circulated to those at the sharp end of wildlife crime involving turtles.
The authorities in Vietnam are making patchy progress in tackling marine turtle crime. Could do better if they applied themselves a bit more.