Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st February 2011—The Year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar draws to a close tomorrow, 2nd February, having yielded big results for its namesake—an unprecedented swell of public and government support to save Tigers in the wild, including an historic global recovery programme.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Paro, Bhutan, 30th January 2011—The South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network has been formally launched at an inter-governmental meeting hosted by the Royal Government of Bhutan, thereby opening a new chapter in regional cooperation in South Asia for strengthening wildlife law enforcement. It was agreed to base the SAWEN Secretariat in Nepal.
Beijing, China, 27th January 2011—As the Chinese Year of the Tiger draws to a close on 2nd February, TRAFFIC and WWF China are urging those concerned over the plight of wild Tigers to register their support at www.listentothetiger.com and make a Tiger roar.
After ten years, International Plan to save sharks still not implemented
Washington, D.C., USA, 27th January 2011—A decade after members of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) approved an international plan to conserve sharks, a new analysis finds that it has yet to be fully implemented.
Brussels, Belgium, 26th January 2011—a 28 month long pilot scheme initiated by WWF Germany/TRAFFIC using sniffer dogs to detect wildlife products smuggled through Frankfurt airport has proved so successful, it is to be extended Europe-wide.
The expanded scheme will see the dogs used to detect smuggled wildlife in all Europe’s major airports, seaports and major postal distribution centres.
National wildlife enforcement network formed
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 20th January 2011—National and international experts met this week in Colombo to focus on concerted action to combat illegal wildlife trade in Sri Lanka.
Leadership from the country’s Department of Wildlife Conservation, along with Police, Customs and other relevant government institutions and experts, has seen the birth of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Enforcement Network (SLaWEN).
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17th January 2011—Law enforcers from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam are being trained this week on how to identify threatened reptile species and familiarizing themselves with international wildlife protection policies that will enable them to combat the multimillion dollar illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.