Welcome to this week's news update

This week we have news of an innovative event that TRAFFIC staged together with the Centre for Women and Development of Viet Nam--a cooking competition in Hanoi on 8 January entitled “Cooking Masters Competition”.  In the run-up to Lunar New Year celebrations, the competition was designed to encourage members of the business community to consume only legal and sustainably sourced food.  

TRAFFIC’s team in Viet Nam was in the news again for having arranged a training visit for harvesters of wild medicinal and aromatic plants.  The visit was arranged to provide insights into successful and sustainable operation of co-operatives and was to a company in Lao Cai Province, Viet Nam, that successfully processes and trades wild plants while generating income for co-operatives working within it. The event was part of TRAFFIC’s work to help collectors of medicinal and aromatic plants in Viet Nam’s Bac Kan Province protect biodiversity and improve local livelihoods.  For further details and other news, see below.

If you have questions about any of the issues TRAFFIC is engaged with or would like to know more about its work, please do get in touch, we'd love to help. Either e-mail Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator: (or Tel: +44 1223 331981), or contact

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