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Monday
Oct262009

Few surprises in latest CITES Proposals, but sparks may fly

Conflicting proposals relating to African Elephants mean debate over the ivory trade is likely to dominate proceedings at the CITES meeting in Qatar, next March Click photo to enlarge © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon   

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Gland, Switzerland, 26 October 2009—the Secretariat of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) has today revealed most of the list of just over 40 proposed changes in CITES trade rules that will be discussed along with a range of other policy and implementation issues at the forthcoming Conference of the Parties taking place next March in Qatar (CoP15).

CITES CoP meetings occur every three years and changes to trade rules, through amendments to the CITES Appendices can have profound conservation implications for affected species. The listing of a species in Appendix I effectively prevents all commercial international trade, while those listed in Appendix II can be traded under special permit conditions.

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Friday
Oct232009

Southern Bluefin quota cuts could be “too little, too late”

Southern Bluefin Tuna on sale in Tokyo: even in a best case scenario, it will take years for stock levels to recover Click on photo to enlarge © Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon  

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Jeju Island, South Korea, 23 October—A 20 percent cut in the Southern Bluefin Tuna take could still be too little, too late for the species which is on the brink of collapse, WWF and the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warned today.
 
Speaking at the conclusion of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin (CCSBT) Tuna meeting in Jeju Island, South Korea, TRAFFIC’s Global Marine Programme Leader Glenn Sant said that even under a best case scenario, the Southern Bluefin Tuna populations would not recover for many years.

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Wednesday
Oct212009

“Operation Punch” delivers knockout blow to illegal bushmeat markets

Some of the seized bushmeat on display following markets raids in Cameroon, including parts of gorillas, monkeys, pangolins, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, snakes, antelopes, monitor lizards, hornbills and rodents Click on photo to enlarge © Eva Paule MOUZONG / TRAFFIC   

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Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21 October 2009—After months of planning, at 5 am on 16 October, a team of law enforcement officers, including the anti-poaching brigade of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), staff from the Direction Générale à la Recherche Extérieure (DGRE) and others, swooped on markets throughout Yaoundé to seize bushmeat illegally on sale.

Code-named “Coup de poing”, (“Operation Punch”), the team confiscated 45 live animals, 228 carcasses plus 42 assorted animal parts following raids at Nkolndongo and Nkolndongo Texaco markets and the railway station.

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Wednesday
Oct212009

CITES authorities in France, Belgium and Spain enhance regional co-operation

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A traditional Asian medicine shop in Amsterdam Click photo to enlarge ©Jaap Reijngoud   Cambridge, UK, 21 October 2009—Enforcement officials from France, Belgium and Spain met this June to explore the characteristics of illegal wildlife trade from Africa—the principal origin of illegal wildlife exports to the three EU countries—and to undertake training in the identification of traditional Asian medicines (TAM).

20 participants from a variety of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) enforcement authorities, including the Customs, Police, Environmental Inspectorate and Interpol, took part in the two-day ‘EU-TWIX’ (European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) workshop.

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Wednesday
Oct212009

EU-wide project to fight illegal wildlife trade not to be sniffed at

Luggage at Frankfurt airport receives a thorough going over from one of the best wildlife detectives in the business Click photo to enlarge © FRAPORT-AG   

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Frankfurt, Germany, 21 October—a year after the introduction of sniffer dogs to track down illegal wildlife products at Frankfurt airport, WWF and TRAFFIC have announced plans to extend the successful pilot project Europe-wide.

In recent months, the two specially trained dogs—Amy and Uno—have uncovered several kilogrammes of caviar, ivory figurines, handbags made of snake skin, shark fins and even a complete bear skull, among other items.

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Tuesday
Oct202009

10 months for eBay ivory trader

A man illegally selling ivory artefacts through eBay has been sentenced to 10 months in jail in the UK Click photo to enlarge © HRMC   

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Cambridge, UK, 20 October 2009—A man who traded in elephant and whale ivory on eBay was sentenced to 10 months in prison following an international investigation by the UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Nicholas Noonan, 46, of Bedfordshire, UK, pleaded guilty on 5 October 2009 to charges relating to illegal trading in African Elephant tusks and Sperm Whale teeth as well as ivory artefacts. They had been carved into billiard balls or used to make corkscrews before being sold on the commercial website.

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Tuesday
Oct202009

New security plan for Tiger Reserves in India

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New Delhi, 20 October 2009—The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in association with TRAFFIC India has prepared new guidelines for scaling up security at Tiger Reserves in India. The guidelines were drawn up amidst the on-going Tiger crisis, which has seen more than 60 Tigers poached in India in 2009 to date.

The Generic guidelines for preparation of security plan for Tiger Reserves were released by Dr Rajesh Gopal, Member Secretary-NTCA earlier this month at the office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi

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Friday
Oct162009

New analysis sounds alarm over scale of bushmeat trade in Central Africa

Bushmeat market, Makokou, Gabon. Click photo to enlarge. © Natalie van Vliet / TRAFFIC

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Cambridge, UK, 16 October 2009 — New analytical techniques have revealed that the scale of bushmeat trade in Central Africa may be much larger than originally thought, according to a study published today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

The study, based on an analysis of food balance sheets provided by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s statistical database FAOSTAT, strongly supports the view that the current situation surrounding bushmeat hunting in Central African rainforests is precarious. According to the analysis, bushmeat extraction rose considerably in the Congo Basin between 1990 and 2005, despite the overall decrease in forest cover in Central Africa.

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Thursday
Oct082009

Wild meat workshop held in Kinshasa

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Officials during the opening ceremony (Left to right—MM Dieudonné Mbayo (UICN), Albert Likunde (General Secretary of MECNT), Petrus Ndongala-Viengele (MECNT), Idi OMari (ADGA-ICCN), Stéphane Ringuet (TRAFFIC)). Click photo to enlarge. © Eva Paule Mouzong/TRAFFIC  Kinshasa, 8 October 2009—Some 50 participants from across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) met in Kinshasa this September to formulate a national action plan to address the issue of trade in wild meat, popularly termed “bushmeat”.

The workshop, organized by ICCN (the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism) in collaboration with TRAFFIC Central Africa, brought together participants from national authorities, civil society representatives, other elected bodies and print and broadcast media.

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