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Judges and prosecutors gear up to combat wildlife crime in Indonesia

judiciary_workshop_jakarta.jpgProf. Dr Paulus Effendi Lotulung, SH, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia gave the opening keynote speech © TRAFFICJakarta, Indonesiam 31 July 2007—The Supreme Court of Indonesia is this week hosting the country's first national "Judiciary Workshop on Wildlife Crime and Prosecution" as part of the government's commitment to step up its fight against organized poaching and trafficking of wild animals and plants that threatens the biodiversity of Southeast Asia.

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Government of Tanzania tackles forestry corruption

The annual loss of timber revenue in Tanzania is roughly equivalent to the cost of building more than 10,000 secondary school classrooms © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 29 July 2007 -- An African Parliamentarians' Network Against Corruption (APNAC) meeting today will discuss corruption in Tanzania's forestry sector. It will be attended by every Member of Parliament in the Tanzanian Government.

The meeting follows a week of intense debate in the Tanzanian Parliament over the ongoing rampant illegal logging that continues to plague the country's forestry sector.

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TRAFFIC and SACEP signal intention to manage wildlife trade in South Asia

SACEP%20MoU%20signing.jpgSteven Broad of TRAFFIC (left) and Arvind Boaz of SACEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations on managing wildlife trade in South AsiaCambridge, UK, 22 July 2007—The South Asian Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TRAFFIC, to enlist the wildlife trade network's assistance in building a regional network for ensuring the sustainability of legal wildlife trade and for tackling wildlife crime in South Asia.

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Sign for tigers

signing%20tiger%20petition%20TRAFFIC.jpgMany signed the petition to show they care about Tiger conservationNew Delhi, India, 19 July 2007—TRAFFIC, WWF-India and other members of the International Tiger Coalition today launched a signature campaign to draw attention to the plight of Tigers, and to help stop the trade in Tiger parts and products from all sources.

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TRAFFIC-trained EMIs record early successes

South African enforcement officers have arrested a man in connection with four rhino horns found in a suitcase © WWF-Canon / Martin HARVEY Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 12 July 2007—On 10 July, National Enforcement Day, customs officers in South Africa, at OR Tambo International airport, announced the discovery of four rhinoceros horns weighing around 30 kg inside a suitcase bound for Indochina.

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20% of Australian-managed fisheries still in the red

Having a rough time: most Australian stocks of Orange Roughy remain in the red © WWF-Canon / Richard WILSON, Rockhopper Click to enlarge
Sydney, Australia, 4 July 2007—TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is concerned by today’s announcement by Senator Abetz, Australia’s Minister for Fisheries, that 20% of Australian fisheries are overfished and/or subject to overfishing.

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Taking a walk on the wild side

sbstta-cbd-issc-event.jpgA lunchtime event at SBSTTA focussed on the International Standard for Sustainable Wild Collection of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ISSC-MAP)Paris, France, 3 July 2007—Plants took centre stage today during the 12th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), currently taking place in Paris.

SBSTTA comprises government experts who provide reports and make recommendations to meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Stamp of approval for caviar

caviar-tin.jpgThis caviar is probably from an illegal source: a new caviar labelling scheme will help purchasers identify which tins have legal contents © TRAFFICCambridge, UK, 29 June 2007—From 1 July 2007 all caviar sold in the UK must display labels approved by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Lost without TRACE: tracking down wildlife crime using forensics

1467551-944342-thumbnail.jpgRob Ogden of TRACE and Steven Broad of TRAFFIC sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizationsCambridge, UK, 28 June 2007 - TRACE (Technologies and Resources for Applied Conservation and Enforcement), a new non-profit organisation, has launched an initiative to promote the application of forensic science in combatting wildlife crime, in collaboaration with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

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