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In the picture: world’s largest tiger mosaic unveiled

International Tiger Coalition members in front of the giant tiger mosaic © Astrid Deilmann/WWF Click to enlarge
The Hague, Netherlands, 7 June 2007—A two-storey-high photo mosaic of a tiger was unveiled at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) meeting today to urge world leaders to end all trade in tigers.

The mosaic was created from personal photos of almost 25,000 tiger lovers worldwide. People from at least 146 countries contributed.

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CITES: Tropical tree left stranded

A Cedrela odorata tree illegally felled and milled for cash, Peru © WWF-Canon / James Frankham Click to enlarge
The Hague, The Netherlands, 7 June 2007—On the fourth day of the CITES Conference, the European Union withdrew its proposal to include Cedrela—a group of tropical trees species found in Latin America – in CITES Appendix II, which allows trade in a species under strict conditions.

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Alarming upsurge in rhino poaching

Rhino horns are highly valuable and traded internationally, mainly for use in traditional medicines (c) WWF-Canon / Martin Harvey Click to enlarge
The Hague, The Netherlands, 6 June 2007—An increase in the volume of rhino horn entering illegal trade from Africa since 2000 could be placing some rhino populations at serious risk, according to new research from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Poaching is most severe in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 60% of the rhino population was illegally killed between 2003 and 2005.

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CITES enforcement to be given 'high priority'

The EU Action Plan will include support for enforcement in producer countries (c) WWF-Canon / Vin J. Toledo Click to enlarge
The Hague, Netherlands, 6 June 2007—The European Commission (EC) today unveiled an Action Plan to improve wildlife trade enforcement within the European Union (EU) and in countries where the trade originates.

The announcement was made during a UK Government sponsored event held in collaboration with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, during the current meeting of CITES.<

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Website on EU wildlife trade now available in 20 languages

Screen grab of the newly revised website on EU wildlife tradeClick to enlarge
Brussels, Belgium, 2 June, the first website providing information on wildlife trade controls in the European Union (EU) has been updated and expanded by TRAFFIC.

Since its launch in 2003, thousands of people world-wide have visited to find about wildlife trade requirements in the EU. The site provides up-to-date, tailor-made information for traders, consumers and travellers on various aspects of wildlife trade into, from or within the EU.

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CITES: UN wildlife convention gives green light to ivory sale

A limited sale of ivory has been approved ahead of the CITES meeting© WWF-Canon / Martin Harvey Click to enlarge
The Hague, The Netherlands, 2 June 2007—A limited sale of ivory has been approved by a committee ahead of this week’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which opens officially Sunday.

The so called “one-off ivory sale” was provisionally approved for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa at a previous CITES meeting in 2002 – but could not go forward until certain decisions and criteria were met.

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EU: Top global importer of wildlife

Sustainable trade in the wool of Vicuña from South America has been supported by Italy, Germany and the European Commission (c) WWF-Canon / Hartmut Jungius Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 1 June 2007—The European Union (EU) tops the list for major importer by value for many wild animal and plant products, including tropical timber, caviar, reptile skins and live reptiles, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
The report, Opportunity or threat: The role of the European Union in the global wildlife trade, by Maylynn Engler and Rob Parry-Jones of TRAFFIC Europe, is the first ever analysis looking at the volume and scope of wildlife trade products imported into the EU.

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Top of the cops: ivory number 1 in Belgian CITES seizures

Belgian-CITES-seizures-cover.jpgTRAFFIC's report on Belgian CITES-seizures found that approximately 12,000 (24%) of 50,000 seized wildlife specimens were ivoryCambridge, UK, 30 May 2007—Elephant ivory is the most commonly seized CITES-listed wildlife product in Belgium, a new report by TRAFFIC has found.

The report, Le commerce illegal et la vente d’espèces CITES en Belgique : ivoire d’éléphant et autres spécimens (“Illegal trade and the sale of CITES-listed specimens in Belgium: elephant ivory and other specimens”), analysed data on 1,500 seizures made by law enforcement officers in Belgium between 1984 and 2006, involving around 50,000 wildlife specimens. Approximately 12,000 (24%) were ivory, making it the most commonly seized product.

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CITES meeting in the spotlight

cites-spotlight-info-traffic-story.jpgCambridge, UK, 28 May 2007—The latest issue of info TRAFFIC, the French language wildlife trade newsletter, has a special focus on the forthcoming CITES meeting in The Hague, from 3–15 June.

Topics covered include key issues such as elephants and ivory trade, timber, fisheries and the CITES strategic vision.

There is also a table illustrating TRAFFIC’s position on each of the 36 proposals to amend the CITES Appendices.

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