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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


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

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


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.


Port Officials Urged to Speed Up Investigation Into Ivory Seizure

Port Officials Urged to Speed Up Investigation Into Ivory Seizure
By Khy Sovuthy | January 27, 2015

Members of the National Assembly’s anti-corruption commission Monday urged officials at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port to expedite an investigation into the 3-ton haul of elephant ivory they seized in May, and to send the case to court as soon as possible.

The commission is in Sihanoukville to look into the ivory case and other allegations of illegal activity there.

Customs officials in the bayside city confiscated the ivory—more than 500 tusks worth millions of dollars—from a shipment of beans on May 9, the largest such seizure in Cambodia’s history. But the investigation into its origins has stalled as port officials await instructions from above. The Finance Ministry has assembled an ad hoc commission to handle
the case.


Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Myanmar “Officers killed in the line of duty”: A District Forest Officer and three Forest Rangers were killed on 27 December 2014, during the operation against illegal logging of rose wood in the southern Shan State of Myanmar. The Officials were supposed to be shot down by armed insurgent group on the way back from Wumsalaung Village of Linkhay District, where a total of 1,002 logs(about 288.86 cubic meters) of rose wood(Pterocarpus macrocarpus) were confiscated. One Township Officer and one Ranger were escaped from the attack.

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