10-year plan aims to save Myanmar’s wild elephants from poachers
YANGON — Amid a rise in illegal poaching of wild elephants in Myanmar, the Government last week launched an action plan to protect the animals, supported by international and local organisations.
The Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan (MECAP) lays out a focused elephant conservation strategy for the next 10 years (2018–27) with the overall aim of securing viable and ecologically functional elephant populations in Myanmar for the next century and beyond.
... the action plan is focused on the protection of the country’s wild elephants and their habitat; mitigation of human and elephant conflict; combating illegal trade in elephants and their body parts; and management of captive elephants and captive-wild elephant interactions.
As Indonesia gears up for elections, activists brace for an environmental sell-off
This year, Indonesia will hold elections for governors, district heads and mayors across 171 regions, many of them home to vast natural resources.
Environmental activists are worried that, as in previous election years, the campaigning this year will be rife with corruption, as candidates take kickbacks from plantation and mining operators in a quid pro quo for permits and other favors once in office.
A key factor in the issue is the greater autonomy that local leaders enjoy managing their lands and resources, to the extent that they can even skirt some of the controls imposed by the central government.
USA is the biggest importer of endangered African wildlife trophies
The United States remains the biggest importer of trophy-hunted endangered animals in the world in spite of Donald Trump's recent public comments overturning a decision by the US Department of Interior to allow elephant trophies into the United States.
In 2016 alone the US imported 3,249 or 60% of the animal trophies from just six African countries - Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
... One of the most popular big game mammals for trophy hunters to kill are elephants. Donald Trump has made specific reference to the horror of elephant trophy hunting before, yet hundreds of American hunters, including the President's own sons, have on average imported around 200 elephant trophies annually. This excludes the approximate annual haul of 150 tusks and hundreds of feet, ears, teeth, skin pieces, and other elephant derivatives.