July 14, 2018

ICCF Welcomes High-Level Thai Delegation to DC

A high-level delegation from Thailand was in Washington, DC from July 11-14 in order to gain a better understanding of the ICCF caucus model and discuss conservation issues and international engagement and cooperation with various stakeholders. Leading the delegation were Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, General Surasak Karnjanarat; the Deputy Spokesman for the Prime Minister, Lt. General Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, and the Secretary General of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), Mr. Isra Sunthornvut.

Members of the delegation have expressed interest in forming a parliamentary conservation caucus in Thailand and had the opportunity while in Washington to meet with current and former co-chairs of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus and the Oceans Caucus and get a better sense of how the caucuses are formed and operate. In meetings with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Ed Royce (R-CA), Don Young (R-AK), and Joe Wilson (R-SC), the delegation also discussed global cooperation for conservation, progress made in Thailand in combating wildlife trafficking, and problems and solutions related to marine debris.

The delegation was also able to attend an ICCF congressional briefing on July 11th, at which the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard discussed the Coast Guard’s role in providing maritime security and the potential for private sector and international partnerships to help combat issues like marine debris and illegal fishing.

During their visit, members of the delegation met with representatives from the U.S. government, multilateral institutions, and the private sector - the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the CEO of the Global Environment Facility, and the Vice President for Impact at Vulcan, Inc. - to discuss important conservation challenges faced in Thailand, including wildlife trafficking, marine debris, illegal fishing and logging, and coral restoration.

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