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14th September 2010–Representatives from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and UN bodies meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) have agreed an international conservation pact for the migratory Saiga Antelope Saiga tatarica.
Beijing, China, 13th September 2010—Police in Congo said last week they had arrested three Chinese men carrying six suitcases full of elephant tusks.
The men were caught at Lumumbashi's airport while attempting to fly to Nairobi, Kenya.
Last month, a Chinese citizen in Kenya was sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegal possession of wildlife products after 10 pairs of ivory chopsticks and ivory bracelets were discovered in his luggage.
Weinfelden, Switzerland, 8 September 2010—FairWild Foundation launches its revised Standard for the sustainable management and trade in wild-collected natural ingredients for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals today.
Globally, more than 400,000 tonnes of medicinal and aromatic plants are traded annually, with the great majority of these species harvested from the wild. Out of the 50–70,000 plant species used medicinally world-wide, around 15,000 are thought to be threatened by over-exploitation and habitat loss.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6th September 2010—A Malaysian court today sentenced international wildlife trafficker Anson Wong Keng Liang to six months in jail and fined him RM190,000 (approximately USD 60,000) for attempting to export 95 Boa Constrictors without a permit.
Czech Republic, 6th September 2010—A total of 23 enforcement agency officials from eight European countries attended a joint Czech Environmental Inspectorate–TRAFFIC Europe workshop this August in Sedlácký dvůr, Czech Republic, to learn about illegal timber trade and how to identify protected timber species.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26th August 2010—The recent seizure in Kenya of five rhino horns and two tonnes of elephant ivory bound for Malaysia is raising concerns about the country’s role in the illegal trade of these items.