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Tuesday
Jan222008

Lack of meat for refugees causing large scale poaching

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Tanzanians near Lugufu refugee camp preparing for a hunting excursion © Simon Milledge / TRAFFIC click photo to enlarge.

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Cambridge, UK , Gland, Switzerland - The lack of meat in refugee rations in East Africa is causing a flourishing illegal trade in wild meat, threatening wildlife populations and creating a food security issue for rural communities, reveals a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

The report “‘Night Time Spinach’: Conservation and livelihood implications of wild meat use in refugee situations in north western Tanzania,” uses case studies from Kagera and Kigoma in Tanzania, host to one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world, and the largest in Africa.

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Tuesday
Jan082008

Illegal pet trade threatens freshwater turtles and tortoises—TRAFFIC

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The annual Indonesia quota for Malayan Snail-eating Turtles Malayemys subtrijuga is 2,500, 90% of them destined for export © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC  Click to enlarge.  
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 January 2008—An increasing demand for exotic freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia is fuelling rampant illegal trade in the pet markets of Indonesia, according to a report released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

TRAFFIC investigators undertook surveys of pet markets in Jakarta and found 48 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises for sale, the vast majority of them illegally obtained.

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Thursday
Dec202007

TRAFFIC launches traditional Chinese medicine textbook

TCM-book-cover.jpgTRAFFIC's new Chinese-language textbook provides information on how best to protect threatened species used in traditional Chinese medicineShanghai, China—A new textbook aimed at raising awareness amongst teachers and students on how best to protect threatened species used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was recently launched by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. It is China’s first TCM textbook aimed at university students that focuses on conservation information.

Resource science of Chinese medicinal materials: Protection and sustainable use of Chinese medicinal material resources examines the conservation and sustainable use of the animal and plant species found in the Chinese materia medica.

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Wednesday
Dec122007

Guide to Kalimantan’s protected species launched

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A new identification guide will help enforcement authorities in Kalimantan identify protected wildlife species in trade Click to enlarge.  
Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, 12 December 2007—A pocket guide to help enforcement authorities identify protected wildlife species in trade was launched today in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The guide was published as part of a law enforcement project in West Kalimantan between TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, WWF-Indonesia and the Directorate of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Government of Indonesia.

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Tuesday
Dec112007

Has the yew tide turned?

taxus_chinese_report.jpgTRAFFIC’s report: Trade and conservation of Taxus in China is available only in Chinese.  Beijing, China, 11 December 2007—A recent TRAFFIC report, Trade and conservation of Taxus in China, sheds light on China’s role in the continuing and unsustainable trade in wild Yew trees in the Genus Taxus, whose bark and needles are harvested for the production of anti-cancer medicines.

The industry, which began in 1992, depleted 90% of wild Taxus populations in parts of Yunnan province, the heart of Taxus distribution in China.

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Wednesday
Nov212007

Turning a blind eye to bigeye tuna, warns WWF/TRAFFIC

Big-eye-tuna-hawaii.jpgBigeye tuna: Don't catch them young, warns TRAFFIC © WWF / Lorraine Hitch.  Cambridge, UK, 21 November 2007—Bigeye tuna are under threat because authorities are failing to recognise the dire extent of overfishing.

In the Eastern Pacific up to 60 per cent of the bigeye tuna catch are small, juvenile fish, and the proportion of these is rising, says a new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and WWF.

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Tuesday
Nov202007

Wildlife conservation campaign launched in China

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Elephant evolution finishes at an ivory carving in the WWF / TRAFFIC wildlife trade consumer campaign Click to enlarge.  
Beijing, China, 20 November 2007—An advertising campaign aimed at changing consumer attitudes about unsustainable wildlife trade was today launched in Beijing. The campaign, consisting of creative print, video and online advertisements, is part of an awareness-raising project between WWF, the conservation organization, TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and Ogilvy, an advertising agency.

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Friday
Nov162007

The perfect Introduction?

intro_from_sea_cover.gifFull outcomes of the workshop can be found in this downloadable pre-print of an article soon to appear in the TRAFFIC Bulletin.  Wollongong, Australia, 16 November 2007—TRAFFIC and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) have come up with ways to address key issues concerning the interpretation of regulations relating to marine species under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), in particular “Introduction From the Sea”.

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