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Asia’s Forest Managers Trained to Wrest Control from Poachers, Illegal Loggers

(Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, October 15, 2010) – Designed to dramatically reduce poaching and illegal logging in Asia’s forest ecosystems, the first ASEAN Regional Protected Area Protection Enforcement Manager (PAPEM) and Strategic & Tactical Operational Patrolling (STOP) Training Course was conducted at the Regional Nature Protection Training Center in Khao Yai National Park from October 4th – 15th, 2010.   The course was designed and conducted by FREELAND Foundation and attended by senior forest officers from across ASEAN, as well as Bhutan.  The course was initiated by the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), and FREELAND Foundation, with funding support from US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU).

 

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Thai Authorities Arrest Tortoise Smuggler; Rescuing 218 Radiated and Ploughshare Tortoises

On October 10, 2010, Thai Customs officers arrested one Basoiry Djamaldine involved in the smuggling of 218 Radiated and Ploughshare tortoises seized by customs officers in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand.

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34 Protected Animals Rescued in a Raid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysian wildlife authorities seized 34 protected animals in a recent raid in the business premies in Pandan Perdana in Kuala Lumpur, with an illegal trade value of over RM90,000. A couple was arrested following the raid.

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Myanmar and Thailand Authorities Rescue Wildlife from Illegal Trade

(Bangkok, October 11, 2010) Wildlife enforcement actions successfully preventing protected and highly endangered wildlife from entering the illegal wildlife trade have recently taken place in Myanmar and Thailand, as reported to the Program Coordination Unit (PCU) of ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network. Recent seizures in Myanmar and Thailand involved live animals such as geckos, pangolins, and tortoise, and wildlife derivatives.

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