TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Brussels, 5 May 2010—www.eu-wildlifetrade.org, the website providing comprehensive information on wildlife trade controls in the European Union (EU) has been updated and expanded by TRAFFIC.
The site provides tailor-made information for traders, consumers and travellers on various aspects of wildlife trade into, from or within the EU.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 May 2010—the outcomes of an expert consultation to discuss the development of the sustainable Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) sector in South-Eastern Europe has been made available online.
The experts comprised representatives from six South-East European countries plus international organizations, including the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), IUCN, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), TRAFFIC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who met this February in Sarajevo.
Cambridge, UK, 30 April 2010—World leaders have failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines, according to a paper just published in the journal Science.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 28 April, 2010—Local and international conservation groups, the government of Viet Nam and the regional ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) have launched an outdoor media campaign to raise awareness of wildlife trafficking, a crime that is threatening the unique biodiversity of Viet Nam and other South-East Asian countries and pushing many species towards extinction.
Bangkok, Thailand, 22 April 2010—Customs officers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport seized almost 1.4 tonnes of elephant ivory tusks on 17 April, officials in Thailand announced yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, Customs officers discovered 296 African Elephant tusks weighing a combined total of 1,390 kg inside three crates on board a flight from Qatar. The cargo was labeled as “printing metal” and addressed to a Thai company based in Bangkok.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 April 2010—Singapore’s green groups came to the rescue of pangolins on Sunday, singing, dancing and dining their way towards raising SGD40,000 (USD29,148) for crucial research into some of South-East Asia’s most heavily trafficked mammals.
Led by Cicada Tree Eco-Place, a non-government organization that promotes Singapore’s natural and cultural heritage through environmental education and eco-living, the groups marshaled resources to hold a private fundraising dinner and exhibition, in aid of pangolins.
Hyderabad, India, 21 April 2010—TRAFFIC India and WWF-India in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Forest Department has helped train 45 Forest Department officers in wildlife law enforcement.
A two-day workshop, held over 17–18 April at Andhra Pradesh Forest Academy, Dulapally (Hyderabad), included sessions on effective implementation of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.