Cambridge, UK, 23rd April 2014—TRAFFIC has developed M-risk, a novel method to quantify the risk posed by over-exploitation of shark stocks as part of a project supported by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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How detector dog programmes in China are paying dividends in the fight against wildlife traffickers
Beijing, China, April 2014—On 27 March 2014 the arrivals hall of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was bustling with passengers as usual. Jin Kai, a detector dog with the Guangzhou Customs Anti-smuggling Police, and one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run by the China Customs Anti-smuggling Bureau in co-operation with TRAFFIC and supported by WWF Germany and WWF-UK, was carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ baggage.
Brussels, Belgium, April 2014—170 experts, including representatives from TRAFFIC, met last week to determine how the European Union can develop a more comprehensive approach to global wildlife trafficking, which has become a major and complex organized crime problem and a threat to sustainable development.
Beijing, China, March 2014—Experts from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ranging from businessmen through to government employees and staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met last month in Beijing to devise ways to change consumer’s behaviour to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9th April 2014—From bear paw soup to pangolin scales, people can now report suspected illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia using a smartphone app developed by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in partnership with TRAFFIC.
Guangzhou, China—TRAFFIC and WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), in collaboration with the China Timber and Wooden Products Distribution Association and support from IKEA Supply AG last month held a “Timber Legality Training workshop” in Guangzhou, aimed at increasing awareness among Chinese timber companies of the US Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act (AILPA).
Jakarta, Indonesia, March 2014—The Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu - SVLK) is poised to gain recognition in the European Union (EU) and generate more trade for certified companies with the recent signing of a Presidential Regulation.
Hamburg, Germany, March 2014—A workshop on the EU Timber Regulation, hosted by the German Ministry of Environment, took place earlier this month on 18–19th March.
The workshop was held to mark one year of the coming into force of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) (March 2013) and the establishment of the Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber.
Bangkok, Thailand, 27th March 2014—Hot on the heels of three major tortoise and freshwater turtle seizures in Asia comes another in Bangkok involving close to 300 animals and the arrest of two men suspected of smuggling them.