Tanzania, 27th January 2014—Conservation organizations WWF and TRAFFIC are extremely alarmed by the dramatic rise in poaching within Tanzania and call upon the recently reshuffled cabinet members to act quickly, judiciously and decisively, to eradicate the increasing poaching menace within the country.
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Nairobi, Kenya, 24th January 2014—China's Embassy in Nairobi last week hosted an event for Chinese businesses and citizens based in Africa to address the growing issue of illegal wildlife trade and their government’s intention to co-operate with local authorities to investigate, arrest and prosecute offenders.
TRAFFIC is seeking a Project Officer based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to help implement a USAID-funded ‘Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, Priority Setting’ (Wildlife-TRAPS) initiative.
Wildlife-TRAPS will focus on achieving a high impact with a tightly focused group of species products (i.e. including ivory and rhino horn) traded between Central and East & Southern Africa and East and South-East Asia.
Closing dates for applications: 16th February 2014
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20th January 2014–Customs officers in Singapore and Thailand have both recorded significant rhino horn seizures within a few days of one another. In each instance, close to 22 kg rhino horn were seized from the luggage of passengers on their way to Viet Nam.
South Africa, 17th January 2014—The South African Department of Environmental Affairs revealed official figures today that 1004 rhinos were illegally killed during 2013 in South Africa, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever on record for rhino poaching in the country.
Brussels, Belgium, 15th January 2014—WWF and TRAFFIC strongly support today’s decision by the Plenary of the European Parliament to adopt an EU Resolution on Illegal Wildlife Crime.
Cambridge, UK, 13th January 2014—An undercover team from TRAFFIC and Oxford Brookes University have found more than 3300 pieces of ivory and close to 50 raw ivory elephant tusks openly for sale in Mong La, a town on the Myanmar side of the country’s border with China.
China destroys 6.15 tonnes of seized ivory in an historic move hugely symbolic for demand reduction efforts
Guangdong, China, 6th January 2014—The Chinese government has destroyed 6.15 tonnes of seized elephant ivory accumulated through enforcement actions in a move signaling that China is firmly behind international action to address rampant elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade.