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Monday
May282007

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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Friday
May252007

Tanzania’s disappearing timber revenue

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Village in southern Tanzania showing log piles and village chairman's house (arrowed) © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 25 May 2007—Millions of dollars worth of timber revenue is being lost each year in Tanzania because of poor governance and rampant corruption in the forestry sector, according to a hard-hitting report by TRAFFIC, launched today.

The report, Forestry, governance and national development: Lessons learned from a logging boom in southern Tanzania documents alarming levels of corruption, illegal logging and exports of forest products from Tanzania.

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Thursday
May172007

Romania holds first CITES training seminar

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Participants at a TRAFFIC-organized training seminar on CITES implementation, held recently in Romania © TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 17 May 2007—Thirty enforcement officers from across Romania gathered for a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) training seminar, organised by TRAFFIC last week.

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Thursday
May102007

Asian crime syndicates based in Africa fuel illegal ivory surge

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Unworked African Elephant tusks and ivory ornaments on sale at the Mercado do Artesanato, Benfica, Angola, in 2005 © A. Pole/TRAFFIC Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK/Harare, Zimbabwe, 10 May 2007—Asian-run organized crime syndicates based in Africa are being implicated in the increase in illegal trade in elephant ivory, says a newly released study by TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC’s report is based on an analysis of almost 12,400 ivory seizure cases from 82 countries recorded since 1989 in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) – the world’s largest database of elephant product seizure records.

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Monday
May072007

Philippines workshop on wildlife crime

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Humphead Wrasse, an Endangered coral fish, were recently seized from a Chinese fishing vessel close to a Philippine marine protected area © Cindy Cheng/WWF-Hong Kong Click to enlarge
Manila, Philippines, 07 May 2007—This week the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) of the Supreme Court of the Philippines is to host its first national workshop on wildlife crime and prosecution.

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Monday
Apr232007

Tiger meat on the menu

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An ITN team reported it has proof tiger meat was on sale at a Chinese tiger farm © Save the Tiger Fund Click to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 23 April 2007—An international coalition of conservation groups is calling on the Chinese government to open an immediate investigation into China’s largest tiger farm after a Beijing-based news team revealed it has proof the farm’s restaurant serves tiger meat.

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Wednesday
Apr182007

TRAFFIC, WWF call for action on poaching and China tiger trade ban

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Wealthy tiger farm investors in China are hoping to profit from sales of tiger products © Kirsten Conrad Click to enlarge
Kathmandu, Nepal, 18 April 2007—The International Tiger Symposium closed today with the world’s leading tiger experts and delegates from 12 countries agreeing that poaching is a leading threat to tigers that urgently needs to be addressed.

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Wednesday
Apr112007

TRAFFIC wins Mazda Wildlife Fund 2007 award

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Top Five Mazda Wildlife Fund Projects 2007. Left to right: Hal Feder (Ford Motor Company), award winners Ed Farrell, Vhangani Silima, Dr Jim Taylor, Dr Vicky Ahlmann, David Lindley, David Newton (TRAFFIC), Humphrey le Grice (Mazda Wildlife Fund) and Paul Vorster (Mazda Wildlife Fund Advisory Board) Click to enlarge

Cambridge, UK, 11 April—The TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa regional office has been recognized as one of the top five conservation achievers in 2007 at a conference hosted by Mazda.

Mazda, through the Mazda Wildlife Fund, is committed to environmental conservation, which is now a worldwide issue, dramatically changing the attitudes of consumers and the way large corporations do business.

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