Libreville, Gabon and Douala, Cameroon, April 2017—workshops aimed at raising wildlife conservation awareness amongst Chinese nationals working in Africa were held this week as part of a co-operative effort by Chinese and African governments to reduce trafficking of ivory, rhino horn and other threatened wildlife.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Zambia, 20th April 2017—In an encouraging move for East African forestry management and timber trade, the Zambian government has announced a ban on all “In Transit” timber within the country. The declaration, passed today, takes place effective immediately until further notice.
Hong Kong, 21st April 2017—Surveys by TRAFFIC of Hong Kong’s ivory markets found traders at 27 out of 76 licensed ivory outlets (36%) encouraging buyers to smuggle ivory out of the city without the appropriate export permits.
Cambridge, UK, 20th April 2017—World leading conservationists, including Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Steven Pinker, are gathering in Cambridge, UK, to celebrate #EarthOptimism this coming Saturday, 22nd April.
Mauritius, April 19, 2017—Marine experts and conservationists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), TRAFFIC, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), regional governments, and other groups have produced a status report and roadmap for protecting sharks and rays in the southwest Indian Ocean, one of the last remaining strongholds for these ancient creatures in the world’s oceans.
Shanghai, China, 13th April 2017—around 40 wildlife conservation and law enforcement officers, together with NGO representatives, met this week to examine the use of social media in awareness raising and promoting messaging encouraging changes towards consumption of illegal wildlife products.
Nairobi, Kenya, 13th April 2017—A new TRAFFIC and WWF report launched today highlights the challenges facing timber trading nations in eastern and southern Africa, in particular the need for improving trade monitoring and financial integrity and addressing issues related to politics, corruption and ethics at a national and regional level.
Eastern African nations launch Steering Committee for Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products
Nairobi, Kenya, 11th April 2017—representatives from across Eastern Africa meet this week to discuss implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products and formally launch its Steering Committee.