Johannesburg, South Africa, November 26th, 2015 . . . . A historic meeting of African and Chinese leaders will take place next week to examine ways of deepening cooperation between Africa and its largest trading partner. TRAFFIC hopes will lead to closer collaboration on an issue that has been of mutual concern to both Africa and China in recent years - the growing threat of wildlife crime. The 6th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC will take place from December 2nd-3rd, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by the Second Summit of FOCAC from December 4th and 5th.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Pretoria, South Africa, 26th November, 2015 . . . . In a High Court ruling today, Judge Francis Legodi overturned the government's February 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, opening the door for a resumption of regulated internal sales of rhino horn within South Africa.
But Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Mrs. Edna Molewa swiftly signalled the government's intention to appeal the decision to the Superior Court, a move that will suspend the execution of the judgement with immediate effect.
Cambridge, UK, 24th November 2015—TRAFFIC and Tencent, a leading provider of Internet value-added services in China, today signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tackling illegal wildlife trade carried out through WeChat and Tencent’s other online platforms.
Under the terms of the MoU, the two organizations pledged zero tolerance towards the advertising and sale of illegal wildlife products on Tencent’s platforms and agreed to work on public education and distribution of messaging to dissuade users from engaging in illegal wildlife trade. Creative messaging will be developed and distributed through online ads, apps and social media channels to influence users to refuse illicit wildlife parts and products. By the third quarter of 2015, WeChat had more than 650 million monthly active user accounts in China and abroad.
Bangkok, Thailand, 24 November 2015—A thriving and illegal trade in Southeast Asia’s threatened and rare orchids is going largely unnoticed in Thailand and across its borders, says a joint study by TRAFFIC and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Conservative trade figures documented during the study suggest that tens of thousands of orchids are illegally traded across Thailand’s borders every year without either domestic harvest permits or Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits, violating range State and international restrictions on wild orchid harvest.
Bangkok, Thailand, 12th November 2015 – After a lengthy wait in Thailand, 14 smuggled orangutans finally left for home in Indonesia today.
The orangutans which were rescued from the illegal trade and have been cared for by Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) for the last five years. Today the 12 orangutans and two offspring born in captivity received a high level send off at the Don Mueang Military Airport.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 6th November 2015—A new TRAFFIC report questions the viability of captive-breeding operations given the go-ahead to produce millions of live Tokay Geckos a year for export from Indonesia.
Cambridge, UK, November 2015—A lively mix of perspectives and ideas were exchanged at a FairWild workshop last month, where participants from across the value chain met to work on priorities for the future development of the FairWild certification system.