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Travellers advised not to buy trouble while on holiday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014 – Thousands of holidaymakers at Southeast Asia’s largest travel and tourism fair earlier this month secured not just great deals, but also important advice – don’t ruin your holiday by getting caught with a souvenir made from wildlife parts.

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New report identifies actions needed to curtail illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking

Washington DC, 22nd September 2014—Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from 1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC.

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Innovative campaign promotes success from within

Ha Noi, 22nd September 2014—A groundbreaking campaign is being launched in Viet Nam on World Rhino Day to promote the importance of individual character, determination and will as the secrets to success. The “Strength of Chi” campaign is based on the concept of “Chi” (“Will”) within Vietnamese culture, signifying the power of what lies within. 

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Thailand’s tortoise seizures significant but insufficient follow-up to quash illegal trade

Bangkok, Thailand, 19th September 2014—Tortoises and freshwater turtles may be slow movers, but they are being smuggled at lightning speed through Thailand, with close to 19,000 seized in six years.

A new TRAFFIC report, Seizures of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Thailand 2008-2013, analyses 53 reported seizures of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Thailand, over half of which took place at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

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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

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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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