Beijing, 13th November 2014 - Ministers from 21 APEC economies last week pledged to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products that is today driving the surge in poaching and trafficking of many endangered species across the globe. The Joint Ministerial Statement from the 2014 APEC Ministerial Meeting in Beijing, China, on 8th November included a commitment to “strengthening our efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in the APEC region and reduce the supply of and demand for illegally traded wildlife”.
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Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade
Symposium to be held February 2015, South Africa
IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring network- are holding a symposium exploring the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade, to be held near Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 February--1 March 2015. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organisations meet relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, March 2015.
Cambridge, UK, 4th November 2014—Brazil, Ghana and Indonesia have all made progress towards reducing illegal logging and improving forest governance, but challenges remain. Meanwhile, Lao PDR, has recently begun to prioritise this issue, but its efforts are yet to bear fruit. In all four countries, agriculture, mining and infrastructure development are driving increased deforestation and illegal logging, according to a series of reports launched last week by Chatham House.
Philippines, 3rd November 2014—Despite the introduction of a precautionary ban on juvenile eel exports, large quantities continue to leave the Philippines to meet high international demand, finds a new joint report from TRAFFIC and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
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.
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).