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Turtle identification guide launched

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Singapore, 1 February 2008— TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and Singapore Zoo today launched a turtle guidebook titled An Identification Guide to the Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore and Timor Leste. The guidebook, will meet one of the most pressing needs - the correct identification of species commonly traded (both legally and illegally) in the region, by enforcement officers and conservationists.

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Cross-border intelligence-sharing leads to major seizure in Thailand

Leopard, Clouded Leopard and Tiger skins on sale near the Thai border © Gerald S. Cubitt/WWF-Canon Click photo to enlarge

Bangkok, Thailand, 30 January 2008 - The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) is to support and help widen an investigation into an organized wildlife crime syndicate after yesterday's seizure of 11 dead Tigers, Leopards and Clouded Leopards, as well as 275 live pangolins from Khub Pung village of Tambon Nam Kham in Thailand, near the border with Lao PDR. 

The big cats, all wild-caught, are believed to have originated from southern Thailand or Malaysia, although this is still under investigation. The Royal Thai Navy's Khong River Coast Guard seized the pangolins from one truck and the six dead Tigers, three Leopards and two Clouded Leopards from another truck at 3 a.m. yesterday.

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ASEAN officials review cross-border co-operation in combating wildlife crime

Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Malaysia), launching the workshop Click photo to enlarge.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 January 2008 - The Government of Malaysia is underlining its commitment to fighting the organized poaching and trafficking of wild animals that threatens South-east Asia’s biodiversity by this week holding an ASEAN-wide workshop on Task Force Development and Working Groups Development. 

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Illegal wildlife trade flourishing on the Chinese-language internet

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Beijing, China, 28 Jan 2008 - Thousands of products made from threatened species are openly being advertised on the Chinese-language internet each day. A new TRAFFIC investigation monitoring websites in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan has uncovered thousands of products made from threatened wildlife protected under CITES, including elephants, rhinoceroses, Tigers and marine turtles.

While wildlife law enforcement has made gains in policing physical markets for wildlife, the internet presents new challenges. Virtual markets allow buyers and sellers to connect with ease and speed, and have yet to be properly regulated, putting new pressures on wild populations of threatened species.

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Lack of meat for refugees causing large scale poaching

Tanzanians near Lugufu refugee camp preparing for a hunting excursion © Simon Milledge / TRAFFIC click photo to enlarge.

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Cambridge, UK , Gland, Switzerland - The lack of meat in refugee rations in East Africa is causing a flourishing illegal trade in wild meat, threatening wildlife populations and creating a food security issue for rural communities, reveals a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

The report “‘Night Time Spinach’: Conservation and livelihood implications of wild meat use in refugee situations in north western Tanzania,” uses case studies from Kagera and Kigoma in Tanzania, host to one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world, and the largest in Africa.

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Illegal pet trade threatens freshwater turtles and tortoises—TRAFFIC

The annual Indonesia quota for Malayan Snail-eating Turtles Malayemys subtrijuga is 2,500, 90% of them destined for export © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC  Click to enlarge.  
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 January 2008—An increasing demand for exotic freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia is fuelling rampant illegal trade in the pet markets of Indonesia, according to a report released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

TRAFFIC investigators undertook surveys of pet markets in Jakarta and found 48 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises for sale, the vast majority of them illegally obtained.

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TRAFFIC launches traditional Chinese medicine textbook

TCM-book-cover.jpgTRAFFIC's new Chinese-language textbook provides information on how best to protect threatened species used in traditional Chinese medicineShanghai, China—A new textbook aimed at raising awareness amongst teachers and students on how best to protect threatened species used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was recently launched by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. It is China’s first TCM textbook aimed at university students that focuses on conservation information.

Resource science of Chinese medicinal materials: Protection and sustainable use of Chinese medicinal material resources examines the conservation and sustainable use of the animal and plant species found in the Chinese materia medica.

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Guide to Kalimantan’s protected species launched

A new identification guide will help enforcement authorities in Kalimantan identify protected wildlife species in trade Click to enlarge.  
Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, 12 December 2007—A pocket guide to help enforcement authorities identify protected wildlife species in trade was launched today in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The guide was published as part of a law enforcement project in West Kalimantan between TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, WWF-Indonesia and the Directorate of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Government of Indonesia.

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Has the yew tide turned?

taxus_chinese_report.jpgTRAFFIC’s report: Trade and conservation of Taxus in China is available only in Chinese.  Beijing, China, 11 December 2007—A recent TRAFFIC report, Trade and conservation of Taxus in China, sheds light on China’s role in the continuing and unsustainable trade in wild Yew trees in the Genus Taxus, whose bark and needles are harvested for the production of anti-cancer medicines.

The industry, which began in 1992, depleted 90% of wild Taxus populations in parts of Yunnan province, the heart of Taxus distribution in China.

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