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Friday
Dec042009

TRAFFIC India helps poachers surrender

The six poachers who turned themselves in, lured by the offer of support for an alternative livelihood Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC India   New Delhi, India, 4 December 2009—six hardcore poachers from north-eastern India have surrendered during a ceremony organized by TRAFFIC India on 26 November 2009 at Bansbari, Assam.

The poachers turned themselves in with six firearms, three deer antlers and two deer skins along with traps and nets to Sh. Khampha Bargayari, Dy Chief, Bodo Territorial Council (BTC).

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Tuesday
Dec012009

Rhino poaching surges in Asia, Africa

The illicit trade in rhino horn is being driven by demand from Asia, with Viet Nam hearvily implicated Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon   

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Geneva, Switzerland, 1 December 2009—Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
 
The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, the report states.

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Monday
Nov302009

CITES study visit to Italy

A CITES study tour to Italy included a visit to Fiumicino Airport (Rome), where the use of wildlife detector dogs was demonstrated Click photo to enlarge © Irinel Surugiu / Romanian Customs   Rome, Italy, 30 November 2009—10 participants from three South-East European countries—Croatia, Romania and Serbia—took part in a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) study visit this month hosted by the Italian CITES Enforcement Authority, Corpo Forestale dello Stato (CFS), and TRAFFIC.

Participants included officers from CITES enforcement authorities such as Customs, police and environmental inspection, who came to learn about the practices employed and experiences of CITES enforcement in Italy.

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Monday
Nov232009

Congo Basin partners discuss conservation and sustainable forestry management

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Denis Koulagna, Secretary General of MINFOF meets Roland Melisch and Germain Ngandjui of TRAFFIC at the TRAFFIC stand in the “Information Market” where 30 exhibitors from across the region were able to share their experiences, data and information Click on photo to enlarge © Eva Paule MOUZONG / TRAFFIC  Yaoundé, Cameroon, 23 November 2009—More than 300 experts representing the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) * gathered in Yaoundé this month for the 6th Plenary Meeting to discuss conservation and sustainable management of forest resources in the Congo Basin.

HE Emmanuel Bizot, Minister for Water, Forests, Fisheries and Hunting of the Central African Republic and current President of COMIFAC stressed the importance of the meeting and reminded participants that CBFP’s role was to “conduct consultations with partners to maintain the operational capability of COMIFAC (the Central African Forests Commission).”

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Monday
Nov232009

Improving Viet Nam’s CITES Enforcement

Participants from Ha Noi Police at the first of two CITES training workshops being held in Viet Nam Click photo to enlarge © Ha Noi Environmental Police   Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 23 November—More than two dozen of Viet Nam’s Environmental Police will gather this week in Ha Noi for four days of training on wildlife trade enforcement.

The training, led by German CITES experts, will focus on the regulations, implementation and enforcement of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the primary agreement regulating international trade in wildlife and wildlife products.

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Friday
Nov202009

Bangkok learns about environmental crime

The public unveiling of the information boards Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC   Bangkok, Thailand, 20 November 2009—Information boards highlighting the five most prominent crimes committed against the environment are on display at a popular mall in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, thanks to a collaboration between the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), which includes TRAFFIC, and Bangkok’s Emporium Shopping Complex.

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Wednesday
Nov182009

Enforcement officers put in the picture

Update, April 2013: a revised, second edition is available, including a number of additional identification sheets (PDF, 10 MB)

Bangkok, Thailand, 19 November 2009—One of the hardest daily challenges facing wildlife law enforcement officers is to recognize which species are being traded in order to determine if the trade is legal.

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Wednesday
Nov182009

Kota Kinabalu hosts "Heart of Borneo" Judiciary Workshop

The illegal trade of wildlife is a major threat to Borneo's biodiversity, including high profile animals like the orangutan Click photo to enlarge © Chris R. Shepherd / TRAFFIC Southeast Asia   en Français

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 18 November 2009—From 18-19 November a regional judiciary workshop on wildlife crime is taking place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, the first of its kind held on the island of Borneo.

Representatives from the Malaysian, Indonesian and Bruneian Courts and Attorney General's Offices will participate in discussions on mutual legal assistance, enforcement and the prosecution of wildlife crimes, as part of the judiciary's commitment to tackle organized poaching and trafficking of wild animals and plants in Borneo.

The workshop has been organized by TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and Sabah Wildlife Department and supported by WWF-Heart of Borneo Initiative, and funded by the US State Department.

The illegal trade of wildlife is a major threat to Borneo's biodiversity, from species little known to the public like pangolins, through to high profile animals like the orangutan.

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Thursday
Nov122009

Deepwater set gillnets banned in the South Pacific Ocean

Click on map to see approximate area where deepwater gillnets have been banned on the high seas © TRAFFIC   

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Auckland, New Zealand, 14 November 2009—A ban on the use of deepwater set gillnets was announced today at the close of a meeting to establish a regional fisheries management organization that will have legally-binding control over fishing in the South Pacific Ocean.

Deepwater gillnets impact heavily on vulnerable species such as sharks, many of them already in marked decline through overfishing.

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