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Rhino conservation messages spread all over Da Nang city, Viet Nam

Rhino conservation messages spread all over Da Nang city, Viet Nam

From 17th March until 24th April 2015, Viet Nam CITES Management Authority and HumaneSociety

International cooperated with the Da Nang Department of Education and Training to organize a series

of awareness‐raising activities to reduce the demand for rhino horns in the Central Viet Nam’s Da Nang city.

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The seizure of African elephant tusks, 739 pieces, total weight 4,000 kilograms valued at 200 million baht (six million US Dollars) by the Royal Thai Customs

On Monday, 20 April 2015, at 15:30 hours Dr. Somchai Satjaphong, Director of Royal Thai Customs announced that the Customs Department seized 739 pieces of African elephant tusks, weight 4,000 kilograms valued at 200 million baht (6 Million US Dollars) (Note: approx. $6,250,000 USC at exchange rate 32 baht / $1 USD).

The ivory was in a shipping container no. CMAU 2140407 carried on the vessel KATA BHUM voyage on 18 April 2015. The container had been declared as transit cargo of 14,000 kilograms of beans in route to Lao PDR. The cargo originated in the Republic of the Congo, Africa.

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ARF Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking


ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM WORKSHOP ON

COMBATING WILFLIFE TRAFFICKING

SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA HOTEL, TUARAN SABAH, MALAYSIA

30 MARCH – 1 APRIL 2015

In conjunction with Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015 and as part of Malaysia’s commitment to the Hanoi Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Vision Statement, Malaysia and the United States of America are co-hosting the ARF Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking from 30 March 2015 to 1 April 2015 in Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Clearing forests for palm oil plantations

Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling rapid deforestation in Indonesia

Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling rapid deforestation in Indonesia

Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is a “technical” matter that should not get tied up with trade discussions, an Indonesian minister told a land and poverty conference.

Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling rapid deforestation in Indonesia, at a faster pace than in Brazil’s Amazon region, making Indonesia a major contributor to global warming. But Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, assistant deputy minister for forestry in the Economic Affairs Ministry of Indonexia, told a World Bank conference on land and poverty held in Washington this week that deforestation was a rich-country concern. The zero deforestation commitment should not be a trade barrier because deforestation is a governance issue and about effective implementation, not about trade. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, assistant deputy minister for forestry in the Economic Affairs Ministry, Indonesia. “We know that our primary customers are not concerned about deforestation,” he said.

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