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Thursday
Dec272012

INTERPOL provides intelligence-led enforcement training as core approach to cracking down on illegal trade in Asian Big Cats

Kathmandu, Nepal, December 2012—Twenty eight law-enforcement officers from 11 Asian countries gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, to attend an Information and Intelligence Management Course on Environmental Enforcement initiated by INTERPOL. 

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Monday
Dec242012

IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of CoP16 Proposals available

The IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of the Proposals to Amend the CITES Appendices at the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP16) are now available online on the TRAFFIC website.

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Thursday
Dec202012

New report confirms ‘major surge’ in ivory smuggling in 2011

Geneva, 20th December 2012—Illegal trade in ivory is at its highest levels in nearly two decades, and 2011 witnessed a ‘major surge’, according to a report released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Friday
Dec142012

Judges to get tough on wildlife traffickers in South-East Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13th December 2012—More than 30 Chief Justices and their designees attending the ASEAN 2nd Roundtable on Environmental Law and Enforcement last week agreed that the establishment of environmental courts was vital in creating a more systematic method of dealing with environmental crime perpetrators.

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Friday
Dec142012

Australian Government announces new programme to combat illegal timber trade in Asia Pacific

Camberra, Australia—Australia is to support the establishment of an Illegal Logging: Regional Capacity Building Partnership, a new program aimed at building capacity in Asia Pacific to combat the trade in illegally and destructively sourced timber on the global market.

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Thursday
Dec132012

WCO assesses impact of Project GAPIN

Lusaka, Zambia, 13th December 2012—Twenty Members of the World Customs Organization (WCO) met last week in Lusaka to review progress in implementing Project GAPIN, an initiative funded by the Swedish Government that aims to help Customs administrations in many parts of Africa fight against the illicit trafficking in wildlife protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Illegal wildlife trade threatens national security, says WWF report

NEW YORK, 12th December 2012—Perceived by organized criminals to be high profit and low risk, the illicit trade in wildlife is worth at least US$ 19 billion per year, making it the fourth largest illegal global trade after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking, according to a new report commissioned by WWF.

Besides driving many endangered species towards extinction, illegal wildlife trade strengthens criminal networks, undermines national security, and poses increasing risks to global health, according to the report, Fighting illicit wildlife trafficking: A consultation with governments, which will be unveiled today at a briefing for United Nations ambassadors in New York.

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Massive African ivory seizure in Malaysia

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UPDATE: Royal Malaysian Customs has confirmed to TRAFFIC that the final tally of ivory seized at Port Klang is 2,341 pieces, weighing  a total of 6,034.3 kilogrammes. This makes it one of the largest seizures on record, but not more than the current record seizure, of 7.2 tonnes seized in Singapore in 2002.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11th December 2012 – Royal Malaysian Customs have made their largest ever seizure of ivory in transit through the country, finding 1,500 pieces of tusks hidden in wooden crates purpose-built to look like stacks of sawn timber.

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