Libreville, Gabon, 31st October 2011—Customs officers from 47 French-speaking nations met last week in Libreville, with improved international collaboration and closer regulation of trade firmly on the agenda.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Montreal, 26th October 2011—A new United Nations report says resolving the crisis in the harvesting of bushmeat is possible if governments combine new management models, including community-based management, game-ranching and hunting tourism, with new mechanisms for monitoring and law enforcement.
The report, Livelihood Alternatives for the Unsustainable Use of Bushmeat, prepared for the Bushmeat Liaison Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with assistance from TRAFFIC and financial support from the European Union, comes at a time when the overexploitation of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians is increasingly threatening food security and livelihoods in many tropical and subtropical countries.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 25th October 2011—The last Javan Rhinoceros in Viet Nam was shot and its horn removed, presumably by poachers, according to a new WWF report.
“It’s hardly surprising the horn was missing from the last rhino as Viet Nam is the pre-eminent market destination for illegally sourced rhino horns,” said Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC’s rhino expert.
In Zanesville Ohio, USA, on 19 October 2011 some 56 exotic and native animals kept as pets by a private individual were intentionally released by their owner to roam the neighbouring areas.
They included 18 Tigers, Lions, bears, wolves and monkeys. Most of the animals were shot and killed by the authorities, eight were captured. Their owner had taken his own life after setting the animals free.
October 2011—A joint WWF, TRAFFIC and IUCN project on sustainable use of medicinal plants in China’s Upper Yangtze Ecoregion has received an “Outstanding Contribution Award” from the Chinese State Ministry of Environmental Protection, EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP), Ministry of Commerce and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Bali, Indonesia 13th October, 2011—delegates to a crucial meeting to decide the fate of the Southern Bluefin Tuna have agreed targets for rebuilding stocks of the highly endangered fish species by 2035.
The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) announced the targets as the meeting in Bali closed earlier today.
Chengdu, China, 12th October 2011—Urgent priority issues to stop wildlife trafficking through collaboration between China, Nepal and India are on the agenda for delegates of the three countries at a two-day meeting in Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan Province.