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China's commitment to elephant conservation can only be suspect while it protects its legal ivory trade and so drives poaching ...
'Botswana questions China’s commitment on ivory ban'
Botswna’s Minister of Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, on Thursday questioned China’s decision to ban ivory trade for a year, saying Beijing does not give the assurance that the measure will remain in place after one year.
Speaking at the end of an international conference on illegal wildlife trade, Khama said as one of the major centres for illegal wildlife trade, China’s commitment remains questionable.
* Read the EIA news update - China’s carved ivory import ban ‘largely window-dressing’ eia-international.org/chinas-carved-ivory-import-ban-largely-window-dressing
Concerns were also raised that some countries’ commitment, transparency and honesty to the whole initiative remain questionable.
While some countries like Ethiopia have committed themselves to destroying the ivory stockpiles that they have, some are accused of not revealing the true quantities of their available stockpiles.
Khama noted that they do not know the inventory of ivory stockpiles in some countries, as some are reluctant to reveal this and also do not allow audits to be conducted.
He said it is highly probable that this ivory finds its way into the illegal trade, through corruption ...
#Botswana #Africa #China #elephants #ivory
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1 hour ago ·
EIA is currently seeking consultants to work with its Climate Campaign, to be based in The Netherlands and Germany.
The European Union (EU) recently adopted the EU F-Gas Regulation, a comprehensive package of policies designed to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions with implications for producers, importers, manufacturers, operators, contractors and consumers.
EIA is seeking consultants to assist in its campaign to advance implementation of the F-Gas Regulation in The Netherlands and Germany though targeted activities in key policy areas designed to promote best practices and governance, including raising awareness among key government officials and stakeholders, promoting the adoption of national measures and fostering national media attention.
Full details at:
* The Netherlands - eia-international.org/vacancy-consultant-for-climate-campaign-the-netherlands
* Germany - eia-international.org/vacancy-consultant-for-climate-campaign-germany
#climate #HFCs #recruitment
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19 hours ago ·
Rhino horn smuggler Tony Guan sentenced to 30 months in US
An antiques dealer from Richmond, B.C. [Canada] who pleaded guilty to smuggling rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and coral has been sentenced to two and a half years in a U.S. prison.
Xiao Ju Guan, also known as Tony Guan, was sentenced in New York Wednesday and also ordered to forfeit wildlife items seized during a search of his business.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York said in a news release that trafficking rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory threatens the endangered and vulnerable species.
"Without strict enforcement of international agreements and U.S. laws, these extraordinary animals may disappear from the face of the earth," said Bharara. "Tony Guan has learned the price of putting profit over the prolonged existence of rhinos and elephants."
Guan was arrested in New York in March 2014 by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents.
The United States Department of Justice said the 39-year-old bought two black rhino horns from undercover officers and then shipped them to Point Roberts, Wash., which is a short drive from Richmond.
Guan falsely labelled the box as containing "handicrafts" and indicated he had people who could drive the horns across the border, as he had done many times before, said the department.
While Guan was being arrested, Canadian police searched his store and found ivory, coral and other wildlife items purchased in the U.S., as well as narcotics including about 50,000 ecstasy pills, said the department.
Full story at www.cbc.ca/news/canada/rhino-horn-smuggler-tony-guan-from-b-c-sentenced-to-30-months-in-u-s-1.300...
#rhino #ivory #coral
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21 hours ago ·