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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

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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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Congo Basin: TRAFFIC features as CBFP Partner of the Month

August 2014—This August, TRAFFIC is featuring as Partner of the month within the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) was created at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa to co-ordinate efforts to sustain forest resources in the Congo Basin.

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TRAFFIC helps bolster wildlife law enforcement in West Bengal and Tripura

India, August 2014 – Two workshops on ‘Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement and Conservation’ were hosted in the north-east of India last month by TRAFFIC to raise awareness about illegal wildlife trade.

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Landmark for wildlife crime database EU-TWIX

Cambridge, UK 7th August 2014—EU-TWIX (European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) has reached the landmark of 40 000 records in its database of illegal wildlife seizures.

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Global Tiger Day 2014—future for Tigers uncertain

Celebrations of the annual Global Tiger Day are taking place worldwide today, but the future of the rare cat remains of concern, warns TRAFFIC.

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Medicinal plant utilization underpins sustainable development in Zhejiang Province, China

Longquan city, Zhejiang, China, 28th July 2014—Long renowned for its sword, porcelain and mushroom-growing industries, Longquan city is today turning its attention to the sustainable production of herbal and medicinal plant products.

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