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Myanmar Authorities Recover Illegal Firearms and Timber in 2 Wildlife Sanctuaries

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The Forest Department of Myanmar has seriously paid attention to combat illegal wildlife trade as well as associated trade such as the illegal timber trade that leads to deforestation, forest degradation and loss of royalties. Combating this trade is the collaborative action between the Forest Department, National Police Force and local administration. In the month of July in 2013 alone, a total of 3,279.51 cubic meters of illegal timber were seized from 1,070 cases. The suspects involved in this illegal trade were held accountable for violation of the law, particularly the Forest Law (1992).

It was also reported that on 3 July 2013, a patrol team from Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary recovered 10.91 cubic meters of illegally logged timber from the Sanctuary. No suspect was identified in said case.

From 28-29 July 2013, officers from the Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary and Myanmar National Police Force were able to confiscate 15 hand-made firearms at four different places inside the wildlife sanctuary. The firearms were believed to be used for hunting wild animlas, especially the Myanmar Golden Deer (Cervus eldi thamin), an endemic species of Myanmar. Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Protected Areas in Myanmar that protect the deer.

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On Global Tiger Day, Countries Vow to Improve Transboundary Conservation and Crack Down on Wildlife Crime

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Kunming, China, 12 August 2013 - On the annual celebration of Global Tiger Day (July 29), leading conservation voices in support of the wild tiger and other endangered species spoke out in China to concentrate further efforts in international cooperation to manage large transboundary landscapes and reduce transnational wildlife crime.

The State Forestry Administration of China, along with other government entities and the Global Tiger Initiative organized the “International Workshop for Transboundary Conservation of Tigers and Other Endangered Species, and the Strategy for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade” July 29-August 2. Vice Administrator of China’s State Forestry Administration, Ms. Yin Hong, the Vice Governor of Yunnan’s provincial government, Mr. Shen Peiping, and other officials opened the international meeting on Global Tiger Day.

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Thailand commemorated World Ranger Day in Pangsida National Park

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On July 31, 2013, Thailand commemorated World Ranger Day in Pangsida National Park at Sa Kaew Province. The event paid tribute to fallen and injured rangers in the line of duty, and celebrated the work of rangers in protecting the world's natural treasures and resources.

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News Round-up, 13-26 July 2013

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13-26 July 2013

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Myanmar


Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Myanmar, June 2013

2 June 2013 - In collaboration with Forest Department officials, Myanmar National Police Force seized 77 tortoises and turtles in Pyi Gyi Tagon Township of Mandalay Region and arrested one suspect. The seizure included three Arakan Forest turtles, four Impressed tortoises, 27 Asian Leaf turtles and 43 Yellow tortoises. All confiscations are kept at the Turtle Rescue Centre and will be released to their natural habitats. The defendant is being charged in accordance with section 36 (A) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law(1994) and can be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years or with fine of kyats 30,000 or with both.

18 June 2013 - In collaboration with Forest Department officials, Myanmar National Police Force seized 11 Kg of Pangolin scale from a suspect on the local bus running on the Kalay-Reed Road in Teetain Township of Chin State. The confiscated Pangolin scale are kept at the Forest Department Office of Teetain Township. The defendant is being charged in accordance with section 37 (A) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and can be punished with imprisonment of up to 7 years or with fine of kyats 50,000 or with both.

18 June 2013 - A Mobile Inspection Team of Kalay District seized 155 Kg of dry orchids and 72 sheets of Barking Deer skin from a suspect on the local bus running on the Kalay-Tamuu Road in Chin State. The confiscated dry orchids and Barking Deer skin are kept at the Forest Department Office of Kalay Township. The defendant is being charged in accordance with section 36 (B) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) for dry orchids and section 41 (A) of the Forest Law (1995) for barking deer skin and can be punished with imprisonments of up to 6 years or with fine of up to 40,000 kyats or with both.

25 June 2013 - Myanmar National Police Force seized a suspect together with 1.633 Kg of Edible Nest Swiftlet Collocalia fuciphaga (white and brown) at the airport of Myeik Township in Taninthayi Region. The confiscated Edible Nest Swiftlet are kept in Forest Department Office of Myeik Township.The defendant is being charged in accordance with section 37 (A) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and can be punished with imprisonment of up to 7 years or with fine of kyats 50,000 or with both.

source: asean-wen.org



Myanmar's authorities seize nearly 70K tons of illegal logs

Myanmar's authorities have seized over 69,600 tons of illegal logs from April 2011 to June this year, according to Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

source: elevenmyanmar.com





Singapore


AVA repatriates 1.8 tonnes of ivory to Africa

23 July 2013 - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is working with the Kenyan Wildlife Service, Kenyan Police and the Lusaka Agreement Taskforce (LATF) to repatriate a consignment of 1.8 tonnes of raw ivory tusks to Africa for further investigation and enforcement actions by the African authorities.

The ivory was inspected and quantity verified by AVA and the African enforcement authorities on 23 July 2013 in preparation for the return to Africa.

The shipment is the second largest ivory seizure since 2002 and also the second consignment to be repatriated to Africa.

source: asiaone.com, asean-wen.org



19 caught for having illegal pets in 2012

Nineteen people were caught keeping illegal wild animals last year, the highest number since 2006. In the first half of this year, 10 people were caught.

source: todayonline.com





Vietnam


ENV’s efforts help to uncover tiger cub immersed in wine in Ho Chi Minh City

16 July 2013, Ho Chi Minh City - Following initial monitoring by ENV and their team of wildlife protection volunteers, the Environmental Police and Forest Protection Department investigate the illegal display of a number of protected species in Ho Chi Minh City.

On arriving at the Chu Viet Company, located in HCMC’s Tan Binh District, authorities discovered a range of wildlife immersed in wine, including a tiger cub and bear paws.

The authorities were unable to confiscate the jars immediately, but sealed and minuted the illegal products so they could not be removed. Authorities are continuing to progress the investigation and are undertaking DNA test sampling.

source: Education for Nature - Vietnam (ENV)





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