TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Libreville, Gabon, 27th June 2012 – In a bold move against poaching and illegal wildlife trade, Gabon is expected to burn its government-held ivory stockpile today. The decision comes at a time of intense poaching pressure in Central Africa, where the illegal killing of elephants for ivory is at record levels. Gabon’s President Ali Bongo will ignite the ivory pyre later today in Cité de la Démocratie.
Geneva, 21st June 2012 – Elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989, according to a report published today by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15th June 2012—Over a thousand residents in a poaching hotspot near an important protected area were reached during a three-day exhibition by TRAFFIC aimed at raising awareness of the threats illegal hunting and wildlife trade poses to endangered species.
Beijing, China, 8th June 2012—15 of the leading e-commerce sellers operating in China, including Alibaba, Taobao, and Tencent, have signed a declaration stating they have a zero-tolerance policy towards their services being used to conduct illegal wildlife trading.
Negombo, Sri Lanka, 7th June 2012—Officials from the countries of South Asia met this week to devise operational plans to combat illegal trade affecting some of the region’s most threatened wildlife species.
N’Djamena, Chad, 7th June 2012—Central African countries yesterday signed a groundbreaking regional plan to strengthen law enforcement and better combat poaching of elephants and other species at risk from illegal wildlife trade.
The plan was adopted by the ten member states of Central African Forest Commission, known as COMIFAC, as escalating rates of wildlife crime plague the region.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 1 June 2012 — Sri Lanka Customs authorities in the port of Colombo have seized 1.5 tonnes of ivory last Tuesday –which is the single largest-ever haul of ivory in the country.
Customs officials seized 359 ivory tusks hidden among logs in a container marked as plastic waste. The container had originated from Uganda and shipped from Kenya and was bound for Dubai.