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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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Monday
Oct052009

Tiger rescue points to urgent need for more patrols

Perhilitan officers attend to the rescued Tiger Click photo to enlarge. © WWF Malaysia

Update: On 19 October The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's public relations department confirmed that the Tiger had died. A postmortem showed the animal had suffered severe stress from a respiratory failure and severe pulmonary congestion due to a chronic bacterial infection in its right forelimb, the limb that was caught in the snare.

Gerik, Malaysia, 5 October 2009—A five-year-old male Tiger was freed from a poacher’s snare on Sunday after it was found by WWF’s Wildlife Protection Unit (WPU) just off a highway that cuts through the Belum-Temengor forest complex in the northern state of Perak.

WPU members, who were on a routine patrol on Saturday, detected two men on motorcycles near the site, who fled upon seeing them approach.  When the WPU checked the area, they found the Tiger with its right foreleg caught in a wire snare.

View dramatic footage of the Tiger being rescued and treated below

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Thursday
Sep242009

Thailand steps up efforts to tackle illegal ivory trade

Thai Customs display the 800 kg of ivory seized at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this August Click photo to enlarge © Richard Barrow / Paknam.com  Bangkok, Thailand, 24 September—A recent high-profile ivory seizure, a review of national legislation, and the initiation of training courses for both government staff and ivory traders are indications of the commitment being shown by the Thai Government to tackle the illegal ivory trade, according to TRAFFIC.

The seizure, by the Royal Thai Customs Department, took place during the third week of August at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, when, according to the Thailand CITES Management Authority, 316 pieces of raw ivory weighing 812.5 kg illegally imported from Qatar were confiscated.

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Thursday
Sep242009

Vietnamese Communist Party officers encouraged to spread the word

TRAFFIC staff addressed 350 communications officers of the Communist Party of Viet Nam at an event in Lai Chau last week click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC  Lai Chau, Viet Nam, 24 September—Nearly 350 communication officers of the Communist Party of Viet Nam attended an event last week in northern Viet Nam where the negative impacts of illegal wildlife trade were among the hot issues presented.

The monthly meeting of communications personnel, organized by the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Communications and Education (CCCE), aimed to circulate news and policies throughout northern Viet Nam.

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Friday
Sep182009

French Government supports bushmeat monitoring in Central Africa

Blue duiker Cephalophus monticola—one of the species most commonly found in bushmeat trade in Central Africa Click photo to enlarge © Roland Melisch / TRAFFIC  Paris, France, 18 September 2009—TRAFFIC’s monitoring of the bushmeat trade in Central Africa is to receive funding as part of a larger agreement signed today between the Government of France and IUCN to support sustainable management of biodiversity.

The agreement, worth almost EUR8 million over four years, will support a variety of biodiversity conservation projects established in 2009 in Africa, the Mediterranean and in some of the European Union’s overseas territories.

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Monday
Sep072009

Hunting pushes Saola to the brink

Excessive hunting is threatening the survival of the rare Saola, a relative of wild cattle that lives in remote forests of Southeast Asia Click photo to enlarge © 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS   

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Gland, Switzerland, 7 September, 2009—One of the world's most enigmatic mammals, the Saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, is on the brink of extinction, according to a group of experts who held an emergency meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR, to try to save the animal.

The meeting identified snaring and hunting with dogs, to which the Saola is especially vulnerable, as the main direct threats to the species.

Experts emphasized that the Saola cannot be saved without intensified removal of poachers' snares and reduction of hunting with dogs in key areas of the Annamite forests, along the border of Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

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Friday
Aug282009

Pangolins saved from slaughter

Some of the 98 rescued pangolins. Click photo to enlarge. © TRAFFIC

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 August 2009—In its biggest seizures of pangolins this year, Malaysia’s Wildlife and National Parks Department confiscated 98 animals from a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah.

The department’s Wildlife Crime Unit raided the house at 6.30 am on Wednesday after about three weeks of surveillance and investigations.

The unit found the totally protected animals hidden in a store room behind the house and have arrested a man in his 40s in connection with the crime.

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