Cambridge, UK, 30th October 2014—The October 2014 issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin launched today is packed full of fascinating insights into wildlife trade, including features on the orchid trade in Iran, regional economic integration organizations, and wildlife trade in Morocco.
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Cambridge, UK, 29th October 2014—The number of bears in farms supplying the widespread and expanding bile extraction industry in Lao PDR has tripled in recent years, with strong evidence the animals are illegally sourced from the wild, a new study published in Oryx finds.
Mexico, October 2014—45 participants from across enforcement agencies and nature protection Ministries in Mexico met earlier this month to develop protocols for addressing wildlife trafficking in the region.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 27th October 2014—Traditional medicine (TM) practitioners from across Viet Nam met this weekend in Ha Noi to develop messaging encouraging their peers to refrain from using medicinal resources originating from illegally traded wildlife, including rhino horn, and to reinforce their commitment to the management of medicinal resources in traditional medicine in Viet Nam, especially endangered wildlife species.
EU-funded project in China has lasting impacts for sustainable use of wild plants by Chinese traditional medicine sector
Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province, China 24th October 2014—A dedicated group of companies, government representatives and NGOs gathered in Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province this week to exchange experiences gained through a ground-breaking European Union-China Environmental Governance Programme project on harvesting of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (EGP MAPs).
Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 2014—After two weeks of deliberations by 194 Parties(1) and more than 3000 delegates at the 12th Conference of the Parties (CoP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, there were mixed views on the summit’s outcomes according to TRAFFIC.
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.
Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 2014—A new Plant Conservation Report 2014, launched at the start of the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP12), which concluded last week in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, finds that several of the 16 Aichi Biodiversity Targets on global plant conservation are unlikely to be met by 2020.
Hangzhou, China, October 2014—Nine of the leading online retail sites in China, including Alibaba, Tencent, Sina, Airmedia, SMG and arton.net agreed earlier this month not to provide opportunities for promotion or trade of illegal wildlife products on their platforms.
The internet giants also called on more enterprises to join them, and appealed to the public to boycott the buying of illegal wildlife products.