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Monday
Oct202014

Viet Nam’s businesswomen community meet in celebration of National Women’s Day

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, October 2014—On the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of Viet Nam Women’s Day on 20th October and the 84th Anniversary of Viet Nam’s Women’s Union, the Viet Nam Association for Women Entrepreneurs held its inaugural Congress at the Center for Women and Development (CWD) in Thuy Khue Street, Hanoi last week.

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Tuesday
Oct142014

TRAFFIC and Alibaba Group sign Memorandum of Understanding to jointly reduce illegal wildlife trade online

Hangzhou China, 14th October 2014—Wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and Alibaba Group today announced the signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join forces to address the illegal wildlife trade that is devastating threatened and endangered species of wild plants and animals worldwide.

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Organized crime, drugs and poverty are behind South Africa’s abalone poaching crisis

Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2014—A new investigative study reveals a highly lucrative trade in a species of abalone—a sea snail found off the coast of South Africa. Investigators found rampant abalone poaching and a growing drug addiction crisis in the South African coastal communities where drugs are frequently exchanged for the illegally harvested snail.  The species is particularly prized in East Asia, where people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars per kilogramme for this illegally extracted delicacy.

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Saturday
Oct042014

Intensive collection threatens peculiar Pig-nosed Turtle in Papua, Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4th October 2014—Intensive illegal collection of the Vulnerable Pig-nosed Turtle for the pet, food and traditional medicine trades has reached alarming levels, a new TRAFFIC report has found.

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Friday
Sep262014

Forest stakeholders meet to examine Madagascar timber

Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26th September 2014—This week, all stakeholders involved in timber extraction and management  met in Madagascar to discuss the country’s timber trade resources and industry, and in particular the process required to ensure that timber harvest is carried out legally and sustainably.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Travellers advised not to buy trouble while on holiday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014 – Thousands of holidaymakers at Southeast Asia’s largest travel and tourism fair earlier this month secured not just great deals, but also important advice – don’t ruin your holiday by getting caught with a souvenir made from wildlife parts.

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Monday
Sep222014

New report identifies actions needed to curtail illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking

Washington DC, 22nd September 2014—Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from 1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC.

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Monday
Sep222014

Innovative campaign promotes success from within

Ha Noi, 22nd September 2014—A groundbreaking campaign is being launched in Viet Nam on World Rhino Day to promote the importance of individual character, determination and will as the secrets to success. The “Strength of Chi” campaign is based on the concept of “Chi” (“Will”) within Vietnamese culture, signifying the power of what lies within. 

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Friday
Sep192014

Thailand’s tortoise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

Bangkok, Thailand, 19th September 2014—Tortoises and freshwater turtles may be slow movers, but they are being smuggled at lightning speed through Thailand, with close to 19,000 seized in six years.

A new TRAFFIC report, Seizures of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Thailand 2008-2013, analyses 53 reported seizures of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Thailand, over half of which took place at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

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