Cape Town, South Africa, 16th December 2010—Measures introduced in South Africa to bring the unsustainable and illicit trade in abalone were never given adequate support before they were withdrawn, finds a new study launched today in the TRAFFIC Bulletin.
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 15th December 2010—Enforcement agencies from Brunei Darussalam and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo are gathered this week to train and forge closer co-operation on wildlife trade issues.
The three-day workshop, funded by Dr Stephan Goetz / Stefan Sanktjohanser of goetzpartners and WWF, has been jointly organized by the Sabah Wildlife Department and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia. The workshop began with a call for greater regional collaboration in conserving the island’s biodiversity among the three countries that share the island of Borneo.
Yokohama, Japan 13th December 2010—Members of the International Tropical Timber Trade Organization (ITTO) meet this week in Japan where key issues on the agenda will include how to balance timber production from the world’s rainforests with the need for sustainable development and conservation.
Bangkok, Thailand, 13th December 2010—Customs Authorities in Thailand have teamed-up with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia to raise awareness among Customs Officers based at airports and other key checkpoints about ways to tackle the illegal ivory trade.
Rome, Italy, 3rd December 2010—Italian CITES Enforcement Authority officers—Corpo Forestale dello Stato—at Rome’s Fiumicino airport yesterday seized a 15 kg consignment of Beluga caviar from a passenger in transit.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 2 December 2010—Key international and national organizations meet today to strengthen co-operation on tackling illegal trans-boundary wildlife trade involving Viet Nam.
Vladivostok, Russia, 25th November 2010—Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products.
St Petersburg, Russia, 24th November 2010—Leaders from Tiger range countries have endorsed a Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) that aims to ensure a doubling of the world’s wild Tiger population by 2022.
Currently the estimated number of wild Tigers is around 3,200 animals, down from 100,000 a Century ago.