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CITES: First global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks

CITES: First global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Bangkok, 7 March 2013 – The first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks took place alongside the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to scale up regional enforcement capacity and coordination to respond to the serious threat posed by wildlife criminal networks.

 
Wildlife law enforcement officers from around the world convened in Bangkok to share their experiences at combating wildlife crime and discuss ways of further enhancing cooperation. This included representatives from the ten wildlife enforcement networks or groups operating within Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America; and from the proposed networks under discussion for Central Asia, West Asia and the Oceania/Pacific region.

 

Wildlife law enforcers face a number of challenges due to the increasingly-organized nature of wildlife crime, among them enforcement responses having historically often been poorly coordinated and delivered in a sporadic or short-term manner. Wildlife enforcement networks respond to these challenges by operating across borders and organizational boundaries, coordinating the efforts of wildlife law enforcement agencies and other relevant authorities at a national, sub-regional or regional level. As a collective, proactive response of national governments, wildlife enforcement networks cooperate by sharing information on poaching and illicit trade activities, and exchanging best practice techniques on combating wildlife and forest crime.

 

The Secretary-General of the CITES Secretariat, John E. Scanlon, on behalf of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) that hosted the event, said: “The first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks is an important step in our collective response to combating serious wildlife and forest crime. Illegal wildlife and forest product trade is escalating, transnational and increasingly well-organized. Coordinated responses that connect and align efforts across borders and organizations provide the best opportunities to combat this serious crime, and protect the species and people at risk because of it.”

At the meeting, network representatives reflected on their experiences, heard about the ICCWC tools and support available to them such as the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit, and discussed challenges to effective national, sub-regional and regional cooperation. Representatives of existing and emerging networks acknowledged the importance of increased collaboration to further enhance efforts to fight wildlife crime. There was broad support for developing a ‘network’ of wildlife enforcement networks or groups – using existing cooperative arrangements at the global level, such as ICCWC – to improve communication between the networks, share best practices and lessons learned, and identify joint activities to help combat wildlife crime. Participants acknowledged the benefits of coming together for the event and encouraged future global meetings to continue the discussion on how to develop links between enforcement networks.

 

United States Ambassador Judith Garber, who attended the event, highlighted the support of network representatives to further enhance coordination, saying: “While each wildlife enforcement network is organized to best meet its own regional needs, we believe that increasing communication and coordination among the various networks will increase the success of each, and at the same time enhance the global effort to confront the transnational aspects of wildlife trafficking. Whatever form a global network may take, it is critical that cross-regional communication, information-sharing and training happen, and that we work together to prevent the poaching, stop the shipment, and reduce the demand for illegal wildlife and wildlife products.”

 
In recognition of recent successes, CITES Secretary-General Certificates of Commendation were presented to representatives from the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) for their role in Operation COBRA. From January to February 2013, Operation COBRA brought together wildlife enforcement networks from range, transit and destination States in a cross-continent joint operation to combat wildlife crime. The successful operation resulted in a large number of arrests and seizures of the parts and derivatives of many CITES-listed species including ivory, rhinoceros horn, leopard, tiger, pangolin and hornbill.

 

The meeting was hosted by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), a collaborative effort by the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to strengthen international cooperation to combat wildlife and forest crime. It was made possible thanks to the generous support of the United States of America, through their Department of State....

 

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What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa

What Exactly is Animal Poaching? | Nikela: Funding Wildlife Conservation & Education to Save Wildlife in Africa | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Part 2 in the Nikela Series on Animal Poaching, and what its doing to endangered species, rhino, leopards, and primates in South Africa.

 

The most comprehensive understanding of animal poaching and its impact on wildlife was found in Mike Cadman’s, “Consuming Wild Life...

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Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas

Poachers turn gamekeeper to guard Rwandan gorillas | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
KINIGI, Rwanda - For four decades Leonidas Barora was a renowned hunter, tracking animals in the lush forests of Rwanda. Now he only fires arrows to impress tourists, and to help protect the wildlife.Hundreds of ex-poachers have been persuaded to put down their weapons and support efforts to protect endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park, where thick jungle hills are shrouded in mist.
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Interactive Map of Elephant Poaching

Interactive Map of Elephant Poaching | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?
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Revealing interactive map of where elephants are loosing ground and ivory poaching trail.

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Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade

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If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence.
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Poachers sought in death of bear near Canon City

Wildlife officials are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the poacher or poachers responsible for killing a black bear with a series of arrow strikes. The bear was shot several times and was found
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Wildlife trafficking is a $19 billion annual business

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The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there’s one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon.
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New Zealand: Armed farmers confront poachers

Coromandel farmers fed up with trespassers are taking things into their own hands, police say.
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Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring

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Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants.
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Highest Penalty Ever for Illegal Possession of Ivory

Highest Penalty Ever for Illegal Possession of Ivory | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

Cape Town - The highest penalty ever imposed in South Africa for the illegal possession of ivory was handed down in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday when a man was sentenced 10 years’ jail and a R5 million fine for possessing one ton of poached elephant tusks.

 

Cheng Jie Liang was told three years of his jail sentence would be suspended - provided he pay the R5m fine within a year.

 

Observers say the severity of the fine is a reflection of the courts recognising that, although elephant poaching occurs outside South Africa, the courts still regard ivory smuggling a serious a crime....

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Asia: Summit to prepare action plan against wildlife crimes

Summit to prepare action plan against wildlife crimes...

 

KATHMANDU, Aug 25:Senior officials of the governments of South Asian countries, and regional and international experts working in combating wildlife crime have descended on Kathmandu to formulate an action plan to combat wildlife crimes in South Asia.

Over 50 participants from the governments of South Asian countries and other international experts will be attending the 2nd annual summit meeting of South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) that kicks off Tuesday...

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The elephant whisperer: the man saving baby elephants from poachers

The elephant whisperer: the man saving baby elephants from poachers | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Peter Mbulu is on a mission to save Kenya's orphaned baby elephants. In a country where poaching runs rampant, this man's quest is particularly admirable.
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Russian ministry voices new anti-poaching efforts

Russian ministry voices new anti-poaching efforts | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it

MOSCOW, August 21 (RAPSI) – The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment suggests to block access to websites promoting poaching and offer a reward for information about illegal hunting or capture of rare animals, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

“Widespread poaching and illegal trade still have an extremely negative impact on the survival of rare and endangered species,” the agency quoted Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi as having said at the government meeting on Thursday....

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Oakland couple fined, sentenced to jail for poaching dozens of Dungeness crabs in Half Moon Bay

Oakland residents Minh Tran, 54, and Mai Tran, 52, were arrested Feb. 15 after authorities discovered 108 commercial-grade crabs aboard their speedboat in Half Moon Bay -- more than five times the legal limit
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Bear Bile Demand Plummets As Pharmacists Boycott Products

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In the wake of revelations of animal abuse within the bear bile extraction industry, pharmacies are quickly joining a fast-growing boycott of the product. In roughly a year, the number of Chinese pharmacies that are boycotting bear bile products for animal welfare reasons went from 260 to 1,945.

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Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking

Bill Honoring Slain Elephant Could Help Fight Ivory Trafficking | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
Earlier this summer the heartbreaking story of Satao, one of Kenya's most well-known and beloved elephants, made headlines after he was killed by poachers in Tsavo East National Park. Now legislation introduced in his honor could impose trade sanctions on countries that continue to facilitate the bloody ivory trade.
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Rampant online wildlife trafficking a dilemma

US EMBASSY Manila -- The internet has added a burden to the enforcement of tracking down wildlife traffickers, a top official of the Biodiversity Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR) said.

 

"It's more difficult now because these are being sold in the internet, like in Facebook," BDM-DENR director Theresa Mundita S. Lim said during the 3rd US Embassy Seminar held here with the theme "US-Philippines Relations: Good for the environment today, promoting resilience for the future"....

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All-female team clinches anti-poaching tournament

THE WAR on poaching has been given a record $14 750 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated by Africa Albida Tourism
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How India's First Wildlife Cyber Crime Cell Helped Nab Tiger Poachers

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It's a one of a kind cybercrime cell, unique because it focuses on tracking cases of wildlife poaching. The Melghat wildlife crime cell in Maharashtra is the first in the country under the forest department and was instrumental in arresting 34 people in one case of tiger poaching.
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Kenya Wildlife Service claims success in fight against poaching

"Statistics show a decline in poaching cases since 2012 and there is a different trend contrary to what some lobby groups have been portraying," KWS Director William Kibet Kiprono said.

 

"Kenya is doing far better as recent census show increase in wildlife numbers, compared to other countries such as Uganda and South Africa who had to deploy their military forces to fight poachers," Kiprono added....

 

The lobby group Kenyans United Against Poaching (KUAPO) has gathered 20,000 signatures on a petition asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare poaching a national disaster...

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Spain is Africa's animal-trafficking gateway to Europe

Spain is Africa's animal-trafficking gateway to Europe | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
One of the largest global illegal trades is 'less risky than smuggling drugs or women.'
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Newspaper catches Vietnam's forest rangers trading wildlife in uniform

Newspaper catches Vietnam's forest rangers trading wildlife in uniform | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A Tuoi Tre newspaper investigation caught provincial forest rangers in Dong Nai Province negotiating supplies and prices for illegal wildlife products in uniform.
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Film: Yao Ming Works to Save Africa's Elephants and Rhinos from Poaching

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Yao Ming wants to use his star power to save elephants from the ivory trade.
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India: Wildlife Protected By UAV Technology

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Drones will be protecting ten of India's most diverse hotspots, following a successful pilot project in in Madhya Pradesh. The drones will deter poaching.
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Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultures

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Vultures are being targeted by elephant poachers in Africa...

 

Elephant populations aren’t the only ones being threatened by unsustainable poaching. Elephant poachers are also targeting vultures. As Madeline Bolin reports at Environment 360, it is becoming increasingly common for poachers to poison the carcass of elephants they hunt, so that the circling birds don’t give away the location of the kill. 

 

Park rangers and other law enforcement officers (who are themselves occasionally murdered by poachers) can use circling vultures to figure out where a large kill has taken place, so it’s in the best interest of the poachers to get rid of the aerial evidence. Last summer, as many as 600 vultures died after feeding on a single poisoned carcass in Namibia....


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Kenya : Elephants ‘die in hands of white-collar KWS wardens’

Kenya : Elephants ‘die in hands of white-collar KWS wardens’ | Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it? | Scoop.it
A security consultant and a former top KWS officer have cited inadequate staffing, inept leadership, indiscipline, poor attitude and low morale among rangers as the main reasons why poachers have been running rings around the organisation’s anti-poaching unit.
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Hmm! One source says that rangers "do not need sophisticated weapons to fight back, but merely good intelligence, basic technology and the right calibre of askaris (people hired)" 


Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000132330/elephants-die-in-hands-of-white-collar-kws-wardens/

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Wildlife group raises alarm over Asia's bear trade

Wildlife group raises alarm over Asia's bear trade The Nation Kuala Lumpur - At least 2,800 bears in Asia were traded for their parts over the past decade, according to a report issued Thursday by an...
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