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Rare Malagasy tortoises turn up in luggage seized in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, 10th December 2013—Royal Thai Customs today seized a bag containing 62 highly threatened Radiated Tortoises Astrochelys radiata and arrested a Malagasy national at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

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Sweet dreams: Traditional and wild scented pillow makes its debut

Slovenia,  December 2013—The first wild-plant products from a European Union-funded Traditional and wild project supporting pilot initiatives to promote sustainable management of wild-collected plants and associated capacity-building for local wild plant collectors in Central Europe have been unveiled.

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Nations agree “Urgent Measures” to curb elephant poaching

en Français

Gaborone, Botswana, 5th December 2013—Government delegates representing 30 countries meeting this week in Gaborone to discuss the elephant poaching crisis and unprecedented illegal ivory trade have unanimously approved 14 Urgent Measures to tackle the crisis.

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New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade

en Français

Gaborone, Botswana, 2nd December 2013—As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years.

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KCNC pays medicinal plant project site in Viet Nam a visit

Viet Nam, December 2013—A 16-person delegation from Japan’s Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (KCNC) have undertaken a field visit to a TRAFFIC community-based project in northern Viet Nam, to see for themselves how local people are directly benefitting from the application of sustainable harvesting and equitable trade principles to wild plant harvesting.

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Timber Trade Workshop held in London

London, UK, November 2013—A workshop on the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was held earlier this month, specifically for members of the UK Timber Trade Federation (UK TTF).

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Prince William and Prince Charles speak out on tackling wildlife crime

“One of the most important things is helping the NGOs who struggle away, particularly organisations like TRAFFIC and WildAid and the World Wildlife Fund, of which I'm president in the UK.

“They're doing a fantastic job but they're up against a huge series of obstacles.”—HRH Prince Charles

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ICCAT members should adopt comprehensive trade and management measures for sharks—TRAFFIC, WWF

Update: Following heavy opposition from several countries, ICCAT failed to adopt a proposal to strengthen the current ban on shark finning through requiring vessels to land sharks with fins naturally attached.

Cape Town, South Africa, 19th November 2013—The meeting currently underway in Cape Town of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) should be used to strengthen compliance with existing shark conservation measures by all 47 members of the Commission, believe TRAFFIC and WWF.

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US Government destroys store of seized ivory

in Japanese

Denver, US (15 November, 2013) —The U.S. Government has publicly destroyed six tonnes of seized African and Asian elephant ivory that had accumulated following enforcement action in the country over the past 25 years. The ivory, which consisted of whole and carved tusks, smaller carvings and other objects, was crushed yesterday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado. Federal agency representatives, range State ambassadors, congressional delegations, celebrities and journalists were invited to attend as observers.

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