London, UK, November 2013—A workshop on the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan was held earlier this month, specifically for members of the UK Timber Trade Federation (UK TTF).
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“One of the most important things is helping the NGOs who struggle away, particularly organisations like TRAFFIC and WildAid and the World Wildlife Fund, of which I'm president in the UK.
“They're doing a fantastic job but they're up against a huge series of obstacles.”—HRH Prince Charles
Update: Following heavy opposition from several countries, ICCAT failed to adopt a proposal to strengthen the current ban on shark finning through requiring vessels to land sharks with fins naturally attached.
Cape Town, South Africa, 19th November 2013—The meeting currently underway in Cape Town of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) should be used to strengthen compliance with existing shark conservation measures by all 47 members of the Commission, believe TRAFFIC and WWF.
Denver, US (15 November, 2013) —The U.S. Government has publicly destroyed six tonnes of seized African and Asian elephant ivory that had accumulated following enforcement action in the country over the past 25 years. The ivory, which consisted of whole and carved tusks, smaller carvings and other objects, was crushed yesterday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado. Federal agency representatives, range State ambassadors, congressional delegations, celebrities and journalists were invited to attend as observers.
Royal Thai Customs intercept three attempts to smuggle tortoise and freshwater turtle in less than a week
Bangkok, Thailand, (8 November, 2013) – Thailand continues to be a major hub for the illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles – but Royal Thai Customs are taking action. This week alone, three smuggling attempts have been thwarted, all arriving at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
TRAFFIC is seeking a Project Officer for our Wildlife-TRAPS initiative (‘Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, Priority Setting’)based in Bangkok, Thailand. This three year initiative has approximately USD 1.5m of funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), available to tackle the illegal trade of terrestrial and marine wildlife between Africa and Asia.
Closing date for applications: 04 December 2013
Cambridge, UK, 7 November 2013 —Despite unprecedented levels of illegal ivory trade globally, there are positive signs that ivory markets in Cambodia and Singapore may be showing signs of decline. Two separate surveys published in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin suggest that there has been a significant reduction in ivory items for sale in markets in Cambodia and Singapore over the past decade.
Any collectors left? Experts examine social sustainability of wild plant harvesting in Central Europe
Budapest, Hungary, October 2013—“Traditional and wild” project partners met earlier this month in Budapest to discuss the future of wild medicinal plant collection in Central Europe.
Adelaide, Australia, October 2013—Government representatives and fisheries management authorities meeting last week in Adelaide have failed to clarify either the long-term targets for stocks of Southern Bluefin Tuna, nor the level of penalties imposed on countries catching more than their allocated quotas of the threatened fish species.