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197 ivory tusks intercepted in Cameroon

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 18th September 2014—On 1st September, 197 ivory tusks were seized at a local checkpoint 20 km from Yaoundé, Cameroon, following a tip-off.

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Dhaka conference concludes critical gaps need attention if wild Tiger numbers are to double

Dhaka, Bangladesh 16th September 2014—The 2nd Stocktaking Conference of The Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) closed today with Tiger range governments agreeing that while progress had been made, critical areas of concern remained if they are to achieve their goal of doubling the wild Tiger population by 2022, a goal known as Tx2.

However, new figures released yesterday in Malaysia revealed Tiger numbers there may be only 250 to 340 individuals, considerably lower than the previous estimate of 500; if confirmed they would be a considerable setback towards achieving the goal of 1,000 Tigers in Malaysia by 2022.

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TCM industry promotes sustainable sourcing of plant ingredients

Delingha, Qinghai, China—Representatives from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sector met last month in Delingha to discuss latest developments in the industry and in particular focus on the sustainability of production of the Chinese Wolfberry Lycium barbarum.

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Historic day as sharks and manta rays receive UN protection

in Chinese

12th September 2014—On Sunday 14th September, five species of sharks and two manta ray species will receive protection under the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when formal measures to regulate their international trade come into effect.

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UK companies chart a sustainable future for wild-harvested plant ingredients

September 2014—Last week, in a quiet corner of the Somerset countryside, some of the UK’s leading organic brands met to work together on shared concerns around sustainable collection and fair trade of wild plant ingredients.

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International smuggling threatens Borneo's remarkable "earless" lizard

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10th September 2014—An unusual and little-known monitor lizard from Borneo that has captured the interest of reptile collectors is emerging as the latest victim of the global illicit wildlife trade, an investigative report by TRAFFIC warns.

Lanthanotus borneensis or the Earless Monitor Lizard had long remained virtually unknown to the outside world due to its subterranean habits and limited distribution in north-western Borneo. Unknown, that is, until recently gaining attention from unscrupulous reptile collectors.

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New programme aims to protect Pacific sharks and preserve cultural heritage

Samoa, 2nd September 2014—A new programme to support Pacific Island governments in managing and conserving their shark and ray populations was launched today at the Third International Conference of the United Nations Small Islands Developing States in Apia, Samoa.

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South Asia to develop Action Plan to curb wildlife trafficking

Kathmandu, Nepal, 29th August 2014—The three-day Second Annual Meeting of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) culminated today in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the eight South Asian countries finalized and endorsed the SAWEN Statute and updated their collaborative roadmap for fighting wildlife crime in South Asia.

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Parts of 2800 bears seized in Asia over a 12-year period

in Chinese

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21st August 2014—A new TRAFFIC analysis of hundreds of seizures sounds the alarm on Asia’s ongoing widespread bear trade and the need for immediate international action.

The findings are published in Brought to Bear: an Analysis of Seizures across Asia (2000–2011) which studied bear seizures made over a 12-year period in 17 countries and territories across Asia and found that a staggering illegal trade in bears and their parts persists in the region.

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