Yangon, Myanmar, 10th December 2014 – From beer bars touting wildlife whiskey to the mass sale of wild birds for merit release, journalists and editors attending a workshop on wildlife trade in Myanmar, quickly found countless stories on wildlife trade and crime to report on.
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Cambridge, UK, 4th December 2014—A new study shows that Bangkok’s Chatuchak market—one of Southeast Asia’s largest wild pet trading centres—has been home to a sustained and illegal trade in highly threatened tortoises and freshwater turtles with consequences far beyond its borders.
Ghent, Belgium, December 2014—A workshop on the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was held at the end of November, specifically for members of the Belgian Timber Importers Federation (BE TIF).
Montier-en-Der, France, November 2014—the conservation problems facing pangolins were in the spotlight this year at the Annual Festival de la photo animaliere de Montier-en-Der film festival, where invited pangolin experts from the Tikki Hywood Trust, the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and TRAFFIC spoke about the growing threats to these scaly anteaters.
Coimbatore, India, 28th November 2014—A TRAFFIC-convened capacity building programme to strengthen wildlife law enforcement in India broke new ground earlier this month when for the first time enforcement officials from three adjoining States in the south-west of the country (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala) met to receive hands-on training in detecting wildlife poaching and controlling scenes of crime.
Cambridge, UK, 27th November 2014—A new report from TRAFFIC and WWF examines the international trade in walrus parts and derivatives in view of the looming additional threat posed to this Arctic species from climate change and the break up of sea ice.
Laibin Guangxi, China, November 2014—More than 120 Forest Police officers were trained on aspects of wildlife crime and how to counteract it during a workshop on Combatting illegal wildlife trade and CITES implementation held in Laibin, Guangxi province earlier this month.
Bangkok, Thailand, 25th November 2014—Declarations from recent global summits reflect continuing high-level political will to tackle the multi-billion dollar international trade in illegal wild animals and plants, and they need to be followed up by concrete steps on the ground, increased allocation of technical and financial resources, and sustained political commitment, WWF and TRAFFIC said today.
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”.