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Market surveys find disturbing increase in Thai ivory market

Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd July 2014—Monthly monitoring of Bangkok’s domestic ivory market by TRAFFIC reveals a near trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in the past 18 months and a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand's capital city.

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Central Asian border controls lifted. Wildlife trade under the spotlight.

Bonn, Germany, 1st July 2014 – Member countries of the newly established Eurasian Customs Union (ECU, comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia) need to take a well-coordinated approach to better regulate wildlife trade and prevent potential negative impacts on the survival of Central Asia’s wildlife, finds a new series of studies released today.

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China’s business community leads the way in stopping the gifting of threatened species products

Beijing, China, June 2014—Over 30 top level business executives from Beijing joined TRAFFIC for the launch of a new guide that addresses the practice of corporate gifting using wildlife products in China and recommends actions that the private sector  can take to reduce this demand.

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Orangutan, gibbons and other animals seized at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

Jakarta, Indonesia, 17th June 2014–In the span of four days, authorities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport have intercepted two significant shipments of endangered Indonesian species, including a sedated young orangutan.

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15 travellers arrested after Hong Kong Customs seize 790 kg ivory

Hong Kong, 10th June 2014—Authorities in Hong Kong have arrested 15 passengers aboard a flight from Angola after a total of 790 kg was found in baggage aboard the plane.

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Conservationists focus on illegal trade of India's poorly-known wildlife species

New Delhi, India, 9th June 2014—Measures to protect wildlife species, such as pangolins, birds, tortoises and sharks, whose illegal trade in India is poorly known were formulated today during a meeting held in New Delhi.

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Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam join forces to crack down on turtle trade

Manila, Philippines, 6th June 2014—Government representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam committed to improve intergovernmental cooperation to curb the illegal trade of marine turtles in the Coral Triangle.

The commitment was made at a marine turtle trade workshop hosted by the Government of the Philippines on 3 to 4 June 2014.

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AMWAE/TRAFFIC project wins prestigious UNDP award

Quito, Ecuador, 5th June 2014World Environment Day: A project working with local communities in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforests is one of the winners in this year's prestigious Equator Prize 2014.

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Top traditional medicine companies and doctors renounce use of endangered wildlife products

Shanghai, China, May 2014—Representatives from several leading traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) companies have formally renounced the use of endangered plants and animals protected by national and international legislation in medicinal products at a meeting held last month in Shanghai.

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