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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
    The consumption of turtle meat reportedly occurs in 75% of IOSEA Signatory States, while trade in turtle shells is mainly restricted to East Asian countries
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    Keeping track of the 35,000+ species listed under CITES has now been made easier through
    the development of an online database-driven Checklist of CITES species
  • The 3rd Bilateral Meeting between Thailand and Lao PDR
    The 3rd Bilateral Meeting between Thailand and Lao PDR
    On 22-23 January 2015, Thailand hosted the 3rd Bilateral Meeting between Thailand and Lao PDR on Wildlife Law Enforcement Cooperation in Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • The 1st Bilateral Meeting  between Thailand and Cambodia
    The 1st Bilateral Meeting between Thailand and Cambodia
    On 18- 19 December 2014, Thailand hosted the 1st Bilateral Meeting between Thailand and Cambodia on Cooperation in Wildlife Enforcement in Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand
  •  In Vietnam: Training for Border Army and Customers at Cha Lo Border gate with Lao PDR
    In Vietnam: Training for Border Army and Customers at Cha Lo Border gate with Lao PDR
    On 16th – 17th , December 2014, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife staff has trained for 40 Army Border and Customers at Cha Lo border gate of Quang Binh province
  • WildScan
    WildScan
    New Mobile App to Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade in Asia

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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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

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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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Port Officials Urged to Speed Up Investigation Into Ivory Seizure

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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.

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ASEAN-WEN and its National Task Forces or National Interagency Coordination Groups to Combat Wildlife Crime

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ASEAN-WEN and its National Task Forces or National Interagency Coordination Groups to Combat Wildlife Crime

 

 

ASEAN-WEN is an integrated network among law enforcement agencies and involves CITES authorities, customs, police, prosecutors, specialized governmental wildlife-law enforcement organizations and other relevant national law enforcement agencies from across the ASEAN region. ASEAN-WEN operates on national and regional levels. Each country is expected to establish a national inter-agency task force of police, customs, and environmental officers. The Kingdom of Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia have established fully functioning national task forces. These task forces are the enforcing mechanisms of a regional network committed to stopping national and trans-regional illegal wildlife trade. Law enforcement officers in national task forces receive trainings on investigations, species identification and wildlife laws to improve their capacity and expertise in wildlife crime. National task forces are responsible for stopping wildlife crime in their country and coordinating with counterparts across the region to stop cross-border wildlife crime. Some national task forces are also focal points of ASEAN-WEN, while some are interagency coordination units tasked to combat the larger environmental crimes and illegal logging.

 

ASEAN-WEN’s Terms of Reference adopted by the First Meeting of the ASEAN-WEN in Bangkok, 25 May 2006 mandates ASEAN Member States to establish at the national level an ASEAN-WEN committee consisting of officials from relevant organizations, which shall be responsible for coordinating each member country’s activities in relation to wildlife-law enforcement and the combating of illicit harvesting of and trade in wild fauna and flora.” Many National Task Forces have evolved since then and some have expanded its remit to illegal logging, marine enforcement and the environmental crimes in general.

 

 

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Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

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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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In Vietnam: Training for Border Army and Customers at Cha Lo Border gate with Lao PDR

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On 16th – 17th , December 2014, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife staff has trained for 40 Army Border and Customers at Cha Lo border gate of Quang Binh province which is organised by Quang Binh Finance Department and Natural Conservation and Sustainable National Resource Management in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park project. The trainees were provided the information on threats and conservation of Carnivores and Pangolins, wildlife identification, handling and care for confiscated carnivores and pangolins. We also highlighted the important of pangolin and Owston’s civet conservation by introducing and distributing the Owston’s civet poster and calendars and the Pangolin Information Factsheet to all people at the training course. It hopes to contribute for carnivore and pangolin conservation in Vietnam (following savevietnamswildlife)

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New Mobile App to Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade in Asia

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BANGKOK, September 17, 2014 - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Freeland today launched WildScan, a new endangered species identification and response mobile application for law enforcement to use in combatting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. The mobile application is designed to help law enforcement officials respond to wildlife trafficking, an illicit trade estimated at $19 billion per year and run by organized criminal syndicates. WildScan contains photos and critical information for over 280 endangered species and illegal wildlife products commonly trafficked into and throughout Southeast Asia to assist in proper identification and rapid response.

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Singapore authorities seize one tonne of illegal ivory worth S$2m

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3 April 2014 Acting on a tip-off, officers from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Singapore Customs worked together to intercept and detain a shipment of illegal ivory, estimated to be worth S$2 million.

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