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Government to use forensics to tackle illegal wildlife trade

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 27 2018   /  01:12 am

Amid an increase of the illegal trade of wildlife in Indonesia, forensic science could improve the protection of rare plants and animals, according to an official from the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

During a seminar on genomics technologies and forensic wildlife science in Jakarta, the head of the ministry’s subdirectorate of genetics resources, Moh. Haryono, revealed that the number of cases involving arrests over the illegal trade of wildlife in Indonesia increased from 120 in 2016 to 225 in 2017.

“Technology had made it easier for the perpetrators to sell protected flora and fauna because it can be done through social media,” Haryono said.

He said he believed that DNA-based technology would be able to strengthen the law enforcement against wildlife crimes in the nation.

“The DNA, which can be obtained from several samples such as animal f...