Gland, Switzerland, 15th January 2013—Escalating levels of poaching and illegal trade in rhino horns are seriously undermining rhino conservation efforts, putting the survival of these species at risk—according to a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and TRAFFIC.
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Cape Town, South Africa, 10th January 2013—Rhino poaching statistics released today by the South African government reveal that a record 668 rhinos were killed across the country in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 per cent from the 448 rhinos lost to poachers in 2011. An additional five rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.
A majority of the rhino deaths, 425, occurred in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier safari destination. Poaching incidents in Kruger rose sharply from 252 in 2011.
La Paz, Bolivia—A crucial technical meeting of the Vicuña Convention took place in mid November, which for the first time brought together Vicuña producers with official delegations from each of the Convention’s five Member countries. TRAFFIC helped support and co-finance the meeting.
Nakhon Panom, Thailand, 3rd January 2013—Officials of two key provinces along the Thailand-Lao PDR border have met for bilateral enforcement discussions in an effort to stem the flow of illegally traded wildlife between the two countries.
INTERPOL provides intelligence-led enforcement training as core approach to cracking down on illegal trade in Asian Big Cats
Kathmandu, Nepal, December 2012—Twenty eight law-enforcement officers from 11 Asian countries gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, to attend an Information and Intelligence Management Course on Environmental Enforcement initiated by INTERPOL.
Geneva, 20th December 2012—Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13th December 2012—More than 30 Chief Justices and their designees attending the ASEAN 2nd Roundtable on Environmental Law and Enforcement last week agreed that the establishment of environmental courts was vital in creating a more systematic method of dealing with environmental crime perpetrators.