Nagoya, Japan, 22nd October 2010—Amidst a complicated and cloudy week of negotiations this week at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD – CoP 10), some Japanese autumn sunshine has fallen on some important discussions about the topic of wild plant conservation.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Nagoya, Japan, 20th October 2010—Rising demand for agarwood, problems in monitoring harvests and a persistent illegal trade threaten the future of the highly prized fragrant wood say two reports launched today by TRAFFIC.
Agarwood is found only in a few Asian tree species which produce resin-impregnated heartwood as a response to wounding or infection. It has been used for centuries as highly-prized perfume, incense and traditional medicine across Asia and the Middle East.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 20th October 2010—This week five representatives from South Africa are in Viet Nam to discuss ways to address the growing illegal trade in rhinoceros horn from South Africa to Viet Nam.
Tokyo, Japan, 12 October 2010 - TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has released a report analysing the status of Japan’s trade in wild animal and plant species entitled The State of Wildlife Trade in Japan, to coincide with the holding of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP10) in Nagoya, Japan.
Myanmar, 9th October 2010 – Authorities in Myanmar have seized a menagerie of wildlife parts and products from a shop in Mandalay including two Clouded Leopard skins prominently displayed outside the premises.
Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd October 2010 - A previous arrest for smuggling star tortoises into Thailand wasn’t enough for one Pakistani who tried again, and was caught for the second time at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Tuesday.
The Royal Thai Customs Investigation and Suppression Bureau and CITES Management Authority of Thailand stopped the 44-year-old who was attempting to smuggle in 1,140 live Indian Star Tortoises and a Gavial crocodile packed into four suitcases.
Toliara, Madagascar, 30 September—Ten or more zebu carts filled with around 100 terrestrial tortoises each are leaving the Mahafaly Plateau in south Madagascar every week, according to a survey conducted by WWF staff.
Bangkok, Thailand, 27th September 2010—In yet another important ivory seizure at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this year, Customs officers have apprehended 90 kilogrammes of ivory from a passenger attempting to smuggle it into the country packed inside four large pieces of luggage.