Latest news from TRAFFIC
New York, USA, 26th September 2013—The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, will today raise the issue of wildlife trafficking at a side event during the United Nations general assembly, currently underway in New York.
South Africa, 17th September 2013--The use of rhino horn as a symbol of status among wealthy urban Vietnamese has been identified as a major driver of the current rhino poaching crisis. Findings from consumer research – concluded earlier this year in Viet Nam – has added significantly to our understanding of why a growing economy and emergence of a middle class with disposable incomes, is pressuring African rhino populations.
United for Wildlife: The Duke of Cambridge brings conservation organisations together to tackle global wildlife crisis
London, UK, 12th September 2013—The Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12th September 2013—A Malaysian man caught with a Tiger and four leopards in his car has been charged with five counts under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for illegal possession of the dead animals.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2013—For the first time since the Royal Malaysian Customs began its string of large-scale seizures of ivory transiting through the country, over 30 of its frontline officers took part in a workshop to understand the dynamics and tackle the illegal ivory trade.
The workshop, jointly organised by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and TRAFFIC will be held in two phases and see a total of 70 officers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak participate.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, September 2013—Representatives of the private timber trade sector in Tanzania, together with enforcement agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations met last week during a forum hosted by TRAFFIC to develop a “timber trade checklist” for Tanzania.
TRAFFIC is currently seeking a Project Administrative Officer to be based in Pretoria, South Africa, to assist with the implementation of the USAID-funded ‘Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, Priority Setting’ (Wildlife-TRAPS) initiative. Further details and how to apply. Closing date 13th September 2013.
Beijing, China, 2nd September2013—Thirteen e-commerce and logistics companies met last month in Beijing to learn about the high priority being given to addressing illegal trade in wildlife by law enforcement agencies and what expectations this places on the companies for carrying out their commitment to protect endangered species.