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Paphiopedilium sp. Orchid Paniai © Ronald Petocz / WWF

A Blooming Trade illegal trade of ornamental orchids in mainland Southeast Asia

Paphiopedilium sp. Orchid Paniai © Ronald Petocz / WWF

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Published 24th November 2015

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Unseen harvest: Southeast Asia’s illegal orchid trade

Bangkok, Thailand, 24 November 2015—A thriving and illegal trade in Southeast Asia’s threatened and rare orchids is going largely unnoticed in Thailand and across its borders, says a joint study by TRAFFIC and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). 

Illegal trade of ornamental orchids in mainland Southeast Asia

Report author(s):
Jacob Phelps

Publication date:
November 2015

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