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Thursday
Mar272014

Recent seizures highlight trouble for Asia’s tortoises and freshwater turtles

Bangkok, Thailand, 27th March 2014—Hot on the heels of three major tortoise and freshwater turtle seizures in Asia comes another in Bangkok involving close to 300 animals and the arrest of two men suspected of smuggling them.

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Tuesday
Mar112014

Communicating sustainability: promoting the FairWild Standard at BioFach, Germany

March 2014 – Sustainable wild collection was highlighted at the BioFach trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, last month. The organic trade fair celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and remains an important event in the calendar for those involved with the trade in wild plant ingredients.

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Friday
Mar072014

Poaching and illegal wildlife trade threaten tourism and development options in Africa

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Berlin, Germany, 6th March 2014—Panellists at an event held in Berlin, Germany, during ITB—the world’s largest tourism fair—concurred today that record poaching levels of rhinos and elephants are not only threatening the basis of tourism but also tourism-based development options in Africa.

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Tuesday
Mar042014

TCM sector holds inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Forum in China

Beijing, China, March 2014—Representatives from 30 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies met last month in Beijing to discuss corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues in the TCM industry.

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Tuesday
Mar042014

Viet Nam Prime Minister orders action on wildlife crime

Hanoi, March 2014—Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a top-level Directive to his line ministries prioritizing enforcement at all levels, and across ministries, to combat poaching and trafficking of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.

The Directive highlights that the Vietnamese Government recognizes wildlife crime not only as an environmental threat, but also as a threat to the country’s economy, national security, public health and international relationships.

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Monday
Mar032014

World Wildlife Day – 15 species at risk from over-harvesting

Gland, Switzerland, 3rd March 2014—As the world celebrates World Wildlife Day today, IUCN — International Union for Conservation of Nature and TRAFFIC — the wildlife trade monitoring network have produced a photo gallery to highlight the broad range of species that are threatened by excessive trade, some of it illegal.

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Friday
Feb282014

Bangkok a hub in recent tortoise trafficking incidents

Bangkok, Thailand, 28th February 2014—Over a period of two weeks, authorities in Thailand, India and Hong Kong have intercepted three significant shipments of rare tortoises and freshwater turtles—all of them destined for or transiting Bangkok in Thailand—and rescued more than a thousand animals from smugglers.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Uganda to return 2.9 tonnes of impounded ivory to ivory trafficking suspects

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Uganda, 27th February 2014—A high court judge in Uganda has ordered 2.9 tonnes of seized African Elephant ivory be returned to a Congolese national for onward export, despite the cargo having entered the country fraudulently declared as coffee and the fact that any onward export would clearly be in stark contravention of international regulations under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

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Monday
Feb242014

Trade data analysis can unmask illegal fishing activities

Costa Rica, 24th February 2014—Analysis of fisheries trade data provides a highly cost-effective and helpful method for accessing information that can assist in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the 4th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop held last week in Costa Rica was told.

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