Bangkok, Thailand, 20 November 2009—Information boards highlighting the five most prominent crimes committed against the environment are on display at a popular mall in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, thanks to a collaboration between the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), which includes TRAFFIC, and Bangkok’s Emporium Shopping Complex.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Bangkok, Thailand, 19 November 2009—One of the hardest daily challenges facing wildlife law enforcement officers is to recognize which species are being traded in order to determine if the trade is legal.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 18 November 2009—From 18-19 November a regional judiciary workshop on wildlife crime is taking place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, the first of its kind held on the island of Borneo.
Representatives from the Malaysian, Indonesian and Bruneian Courts and Attorney General's Offices will participate in discussions on mutual legal assistance, enforcement and the prosecution of wildlife crimes, as part of the judiciary's commitment to tackle organized poaching and trafficking of wild animals and plants in Borneo.
The workshop has been organized by TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and Sabah Wildlife Department and supported by WWF-Heart of Borneo Initiative, and funded by the US State Department.
The illegal trade of wildlife is a major threat to Borneo's biodiversity, from species little known to the public like pangolins, through to high profile animals like the orangutan.
Auckland, New Zealand, 14 November 2009—A ban on the use of deepwater set gillnets was announced today at the close of a meeting to establish a regional fisheries management organization that will have legally-binding control over fishing in the South Pacific Ocean.
Deepwater gillnets impact heavily on vulnerable species such as sharks, many of them already in marked decline through overfishing.
Cambridge, UK, 10 November 2009—The illicit trade in ivory, which has been increasing in volume since 2004, moved sharply upward in 2009, according to the latest analysis of seizure data in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS).
ETIS, one of the two monitoring systems for elephants under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) but managed by TRAFFIC, comprises the world’s largest collection of elephant product seizure records.
Delhi, India, 7 November 2009—TRAFFIC India’s film “Don’t Buy Trouble” has received an award at the CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film festival held in New Delhi this October.
Sydney, Australia, 6 November 2009—Just days after TRAFFIC wrote to the fledgling South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) to express alarm that Flag States are allowing deepwater gillnetting, Australia has revealed it confiscated a huge gillnet set illegally in Antarctic waters earlier this year.
The net, or rather series of nets strung together, was confiscated this April at Banzare Bank in the south western Indian Ocean and measured a staggering 130 km end to end—roughly the same distance as the width of New Zealand’s South Island—and set at a depth of 1.5 km.
Kuala Lumpur, 5 November 2009—Malaysia’s roadmap to saving its wild tigers has received its most solid endorsement yet—a firm and clear commitment from Government to protect the species and the places it calls home.
The National Tiger Action Plan was officially adopted by Malaysia’s National Biodiversity-Biotechnologys Council yesterday. It is a detailed document that government and environmental NGOs jointly shaped over the past two years.