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CITES in Geneva – time to tackle surge in wildlife crime

From July 7-11, the 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in Geneva to discuss the current work and implementation of the Convention. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of a troubling surge in wildlife crime, threatening the survival of a host […]

Sharing the skills needed to empower local campaigners

I am roused from my jet-lagged slumber by a particularly loud horn as a truck passes a little too closely on slowly rising road. I work out I’ve managed to achieve 15 minutes of sleep but already the air feels cooler. We are on our way to a former French hill station in the north […]

Iceland’s brutal hunting of endangered whales resumes

Conservation groups condemn resumption of Iceland’s brutal hunt of endangered whales   LONDON: Conservation groups are calling on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its member governments to condemn Iceland’s commercial whale hunt following confirmation that the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf has killed yet another endangered fin whale. The whale was killed off Iceland’s […]

It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

Palm oil group continues to fail to meet its own standards

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is intended to prevent the destruction of High Conservation Value forests and protect forest-dependent communities from exploitation by palm oil firms, but this report in the latest edition of Indonesian magazine Tempo shows how the body’s complaints process is failing to uphold its standards. Complaints against members which […]

The Siamese rosewood craze: for whom the bell tolls?

请往下阅读此博客中文版 / Please scroll down for Chinese language version . . In a glamorous hongmu showroom in Shanghai, streams of the bustling crowds slowed down to appreciate sets of exquisitely carved Siamese rosewood furniture. What attracted the potential hongmu consumers and investors, beyond the fine and delicate craftsmanship, are the hefty price tags that any […]

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