Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 21st-23rd February 2011—Law enforcers are being trained this week on how to identify threatened reptile species and familiarize themselves with international wildlife protection policies in an effort to combat illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Jakarta, Indonesia, 18th February 2011—A string of seizures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport this January has turned up an array of illegally acquired wildlife including a pair of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Bali Myna.
Tokyo, Japan, 16th February 2011—TRAFFIC Japan today hosted a seminar entitled “Towards traceability and sustainable use of marine resources: international trends and activities in Japan”, and in a TRAFFIC first, the seminar was broadcast live online.
Bangkok, Thailand, 10th February 2011—A man who went on a wildlife shopping spree in Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market was detained by authorities at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday as he tried to smuggle his haul—that included live snakes, tortoises, squirrels, spiders, lizards and even a parrot—out of the country inside three suitcases.
The Indonesian man was stopped after the regular luggage scanning process at the airport showed images of an array of animals stuffed inside his three black bags.
New York, USA, 2nd February 2011—The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, the “Nagoya ABS Protocol” has been opened for signature by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as part of the ceremony to mark the formal launch of the International Year of Forests 2011.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1st February 2011—The Year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar draws to a close tomorrow, 2nd February, having yielded big results for its namesake—an unprecedented swell of public and government support to save Tigers in the wild, including an historic global recovery programme.
Paro, Bhutan, 30th January 2011—The South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network has been formally launched at an inter-governmental meeting hosted by the Royal Government of Bhutan, thereby opening a new chapter in regional cooperation in South Asia for strengthening wildlife law enforcement. It was agreed to base the SAWEN Secretariat in Nepal.
Beijing, China, 27th January 2011—As the Chinese Year of the Tiger draws to a close on 2nd February, TRAFFIC and WWF China are urging those concerned over the plight of wild Tigers to register their support at www.listentothetiger.com and make a Tiger roar.