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Monday
Oct272014

Traditional Medicine Administration addresses medicinal use of illegally traded wildlife products

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 27th October 2014—Traditional medicine (TM) practitioners from across Viet Nam met this weekend in Ha Noi to develop messaging encouraging their peers to refrain from using medicinal resources originating from illegally traded wildlife, including rhino horn, and to reinforce their commitment to the management of medicinal resources in traditional medicine in Viet Nam, especially endangered wildlife species.

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Friday
Oct242014

EU-funded project in China has lasting impacts for sustainable use of wild plants by Chinese traditional medicine sector

Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province, China 24th October 2014—A dedicated group of companies, government representatives and NGOs gathered in Shuijing Township, Sichuan Province this week to exchange experiences gained through a ground-breaking European Union-China Environmental Governance Programme project on harvesting of wild medicinal and aromatic plants (EGP MAPs).

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Friday
Oct242014

Some progress, but still a long way to go: Biodiversity summit in Korea concludes

Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 2014—After two weeks of deliberations by 194 Parties(1) and more than 3000 delegates at the 12th Conference of the Parties (CoP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, there were mixed views on the summit’s outcomes according to TRAFFIC.

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Monday
Oct202014

Viet Nam’s businesswomen community meet in celebration of National Women’s Day

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, October 2014—On the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of Viet Nam Women’s Day on 20th October and the 84th Anniversary of Viet Nam’s Women’s Union, the Viet Nam Association for Women Entrepreneurs held its inaugural Congress at the Center for Women and Development (CWD) in Thuy Khue Street, Hanoi last week.

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Monday
Oct202014

Sustainable use and conservation of wild plants critical to achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, October 2014—A new Plant Conservation Report 2014, launched at the start of the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP12), which concluded last week in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, finds that several of the 16 Aichi Biodiversity Targets on global plant conservation are unlikely to be met by 2020.

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Monday
Oct202014

Chinese online retailers say “No” to illegal wildlife products

Hangzhou, China, October 2014—Nine of the leading online retail sites in China, including Alibaba, Tencent, Sina, Airmedia, SMG and arton.net agreed earlier this month not to provide opportunities for promotion or trade of illegal wildlife products on their platforms.

The internet giants also called on more enterprises to join them, and appealed to the public to boycott the buying of illegal wildlife products.

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Saturday
Oct182014

Inaugural meeting of Latin American stakeholders to develop equitable forestry management practices

Quito, Ecuador, October 2014—As a part of an EC-funded South America timber project, TRAFFIC and partners hosted a forum on “Governance, Legality Verification Systems, and Competitiveness in the Latin American Forest Sector”, in Quito, Ecuador that concluded earlier this month.

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Tuesday
Oct142014

TRAFFIC and Alibaba Group sign Memorandum of Understanding to jointly reduce illegal wildlife trade online

Hangzhou China, 14th October 2014—Wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and Alibaba Group today announced the signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join forces to address the illegal wildlife trade that is devastating threatened and endangered species of wild plants and animals worldwide.

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Organized crime, drugs and poverty are behind South Africa’s abalone poaching crisis

Pretoria, South Africa, 7 October 2014—A new investigative study reveals a highly lucrative trade in a species of abalone—a sea snail found off the coast of South Africa. Investigators found rampant abalone poaching and a growing drug addiction crisis in the South African coastal communities where drugs are frequently exchanged for the illegally harvested snail.  The species is particularly prized in East Asia, where people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars per kilogramme for this illegally extracted delicacy.

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