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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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“TOWARDS ZERO POACHING IN ASIA”


The Asian Zero Poaching Symposium was held on February 2-6,2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting brought governmental officers, NGOs, and IGOs, to exchange the idea how to stop the poaching. The meeting was perhaps more than any other events highlighted the utmost urgency of addressing the poaching issue in this region. Across the entire continent, the most iconic, culturally cherished, and ecologically indicative species were being poached to supply a variety of illicit markets.

The situation was so dire for flagship species such as tigers, elephants, and rhinos, which were recognized at this meeting. Only an immediate and systematic government could stem and reverse the continual draining of these biological resources from the regions. Fortunately, governments are better positioned than ever to make successful intervention against poacher and their networks.

The Asian Zero Poaching toolkit presented at this meeting was provided a broad framework through which to do so. For the first time, this meeting brough together the most modern and useful anti-poaching tools, system, technologies and best practices.


This meeting would also catalyze a new regional effort that will increase momentum to Zero Poaching, in other words, the beginning of the end of poaching in Asian

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Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the Indian Ocean Region


Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles
in the Indian Ocean Region

Background

Over recent years, the national and international illegal trade in marine turtles and their derivatives has been largely under-reported by the 35 Signatory States of the Indian Ocean South East Asia Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA MoU), despite indications that the illegal trade in the region was expanding. A ground-breaking report on the “Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region” was produced by the IOSEA Secretariat in 2014 to examine the key patterns and trends since the year 2000, as well as to review measures taken by governments, intergovernmental bodies and NGOs to tackle the issue. This fact sheet summarises the main findings of that report, which was presented to the Seventh Meeting of the IOSEA Signatory States in Bonn, Germany in September 2014.


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