Lyon, France, 2nd November 2010—A worldwide operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL in 51 countries across five continents targetted the illegal trade in reptiles and amphibians and resulted in many arrests and the seizure of thousands of animals and illicit products worth more than EUR25 million.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
Latest news from TRAFFIC
Cambridge, UK, 1st November 2010—On the day the fishing season for juvenile European Eels begins, the European Union (EU) has still to decide what quantities can be legally exported.
The European Eel faces a very bleak future unless levels of fishing are seriously reduced and trade levels adapted accordingly warns TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
TRAFFIC welcomes new protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS)
Nagoya, Japan, early morning 30th October, 2010—Right at the close, delegates to the Tenth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP10) have cleared the three remaining obstacles in the way of a positive conclusion of the world’s framework Convention on conservation of biological resources.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28th October 2010—Stunning figures in traffickers’ logbooks indicate massive illegal capture and trade in endangered pangolins or scaly anteaters, finds a new TRAFFIC study.
A Preliminary Assessment of Pangolin Trade in Sabah analyses logbooks seized following a raid by Sabah Wildlife Department in 2009 on a syndicate’s pangolin trafficking premises in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the Malaysian State of Sabah in north Borneo.
New Delhi, India, 28th October 2010—Jackie, one of the newly qualified dogs under TRAFFIC India and WWF-India’s sniffer dog training programme, along with her handlers Mr Padam Singh Rajput and Mr Shivram, helped apprehend two poachers in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh this Tuesday.
Nagoya, Japan, Tuesday 26th October, 2010—Using plant diversity sustainably with a focus on poverty alleviation should be the future strategy for plant conservation in Asia according to a report launched today by TRAFFIC’s programme partner, IUCN.
The report emphasizes how sustainable use of plants should be integrated into development plans, and climate change adaption and regional co-operation are also vital components for conserving plant diversity.
Cambridge, UK, 26th October 2010—Robert Struthers, a UK-based tortoise seller, has received a 24 week suspended jail sentence after illegally selling 11 threatened tortoises without the relevant government permits.