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FairWild Standards prove their worth in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A pilot project to implement measures for fair and sustainable collection of Wild Garlic in Bosnia & Herzegovina proved a success Click photo to enlarge © Sladjana Bundalo   

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, 12 August 2009—experts in sustainable management have given their strong approval to the new sustainability standards for the collection of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), after testing them in Bosnia and Herzegovina during an 18-month pilot project on Wild Garlic Allium ursinum.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in south-eastern Europe, is a major source country for medicinal and aromatic plants collected in Europe.

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Illegal wildlife trade rises up the political agenda in Viet Nam

Marine turtles on sale in Ho Chi Minh City: there is rising political concern in Viet Nam over the illegal wildife trade that is depriving the nation of its natural resources Click photo to enlarge © Dan Stiles / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia   

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Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 12 August—The Central Committee for Communication and Education (CCCE), a body that advises Viet Nam’s Communist Party, meets today with representatives from international conservation groups TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, WWF, and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to discuss raising awareness about the illegal wildlife trade and its impact on the conservation of Viet Nam’s natural resources.

Rising consumer demand is driving a lucrative, but often illegal and unsustainable trade in wild plant and animal products in Viet Nam, threatening the country’s incredible biodiversity. With many endemic and threatened species on the verge of extinction, the Government of Viet Nam is increasing its commitment to combat the illegal trade.

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Tourists targeted with Hawksbill shell souvenirs

The latest TRAFFIC Bulletin is now available for download (link below). Click image to enlarge

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Cambridge, UK, 6 August 2009—Items made from Hawksbill Turtle shell are being sold to tourists in Papua New Guinea, particularly in the capital Port Moresby, as well as in duty free shops at the country’s international airport, according to a new report published in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin.

Hawksbills, like other marine turtles, are listed in listed in Appendix I of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), making any commercial international trade in their products illegal.

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Vietnamese wildlife enforcement officials observe Thailand’s anti-wildlife crime measures

Officials from enforcement agencies in Viet Nam meet their counterparts in Thailand during a study tour to discuss mechanisms which support effective interagency co-operation in tackling wildlife crime Click on photo to enlarge © Ngoc Thi Men / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia - Greater Mekong Programme en Français

Bangkok, Thailand, 24 July 2009—Officials from Viet Nam’s Environmental Police, Customs and Forest Protection Department visited Thailand from 13-17 July, to observe the country’s anti-wildlife crime measures, in particular the mechanisms which support effective interagency co-operation.

“The study tour provided an important opportunity for Viet Nam and Thailand to strengthen their relationships through increased co-operation and co-ordination to combat wildlife crime,” said Mr Do Nhu Khoa, Head of Task Force, Forest Protection Department of Vietnam, who headed the Vietnamese delegation.

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New hunting law passed in Russia

Siberian Musk Deer: the Russian parliament has passed new legislation on wildlife hunting and conservation of hunting resources Click photo to enlarge © Grigori MAZMANYANTS / WWF-Canon  en Français

Moscow, Russia, 21 July 2009—In an historic move, the Russian parliament has passed new legislation on wildlife hunting and conservation of hunting resources.

Russia’s only previous hunting law was signed by Emperor Alexander III in 1892, but repealed in 1917 following the Russian Revolution.

Since then, hunting in Russia has been governed by a series of decrees and court orders.

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Ha Noi’s Environmental Police seize frozen Tiger and Tiger bones

Police experts inspect the latest Tiger seizure in Ha Noi—the third there this year Click photo to enlarge © Tran Quang Cuong / Hanoi Environmental Police en Français l in Japanese

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 17 July 2009—Ha Noi’s Environmental Police have seized a frozen Tiger and more than 11 kg of Tiger bones that had been transported from Thanh Hoa Province to Ha Noi via taxi.

Headed by Tran Quang Cuong, the Ha Noi Environmental Police stopped a suspicious looking taxi at the Hoang Cau Stadium in Dong Da District of Ha Noi at 6am on Thursday 16th July.

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France backs ban on Northern Bluefin Tuna trade

France and Monarco are backing a ban on international trade in Northern Bluefin Tuna Click on photo to enlarge © Brian J Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF en Français l in Japanese

Update: on 17 July, Huw Irranca-Davies, the UK fisheries minister, announced the UK would also support a listing of Northern Bluefin Tuna in CITES...and the Dutch fisheries minister, Gerda Verburg, joined the call for a ban too, on 21 July. And Germany's Federal Environmental Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, did so on 23 July

Rome, Italy/Paris, France, 16 July 2009—President Nicolas Sarkozy of France today announced his country’s support for a ban of international trade in endangered Northern Bluefin Tuna, joining a growing call to list the overexploited fish under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Speaking at the close of a national stakeholder consultation on France’s future sustainable fisheries and maritime policy, the “Grenelle de la Mer,” President Sarkozy said: “France supports listing bluefin tuna on the CITES convention to ban international trade.”

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Toothless laws encourage rising demand for Asian pangolins

Rising demand for pangolins for their meat, scales and skin is wiping the animals out of Southeast Asia, according to pangolin experts Click photo to enlarge © Bjorn Olesen  Updates: On 15 July, Guangzhou Customs officials seized more than a tonne—1194 kg—of frozen pangolins and 602 kg of dry rat snake skins. Life for ring leader of wildlife smuggling gang who trafficked 2,000 pangolins and other animals in China. In India, Assam Rifles troops make several pangolin seizures in July. Details at end of release.

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Singapore, 14 July 2009—rising demand for pangolins, mostly from mainland China, compounded by lax laws is wiping out the unique toothless anteaters from their native habitats in Southeast Asia, according to a group of leading pangolin experts.

Illegal trade in Asian pangolin meat and scales has caused the scaly anteaters to disappear from large swathes of Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR, concluded a panel of experts whose findings were announced today by the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC.

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Little swimmers make big splash for wildlife

Bangkok's Garden International School pupils have fun raising funds for TRAFFIC. Click to enlargeen Français

Bangkok, Thailand, 10 July 2009 – They swam, they paddled and those who could not, just blew bubbles in the Garden International School’s swim-a-thon, which raised USD1500 for wildlife.

The school, which traditionally holds a charity event each year, donates the proceeds to a cause. This year the school chose to support TRAFFIC’s work in Southeast Asia.

About 160 pupils at the school splashed or swam according to their ability, in the sponsored swim event organised by teacher Basia Filzek.

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