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Seizures alone will not stop wildlife and forest crime, warn experts
Enforcers fighting a surge in environmental crime greased by the wheels of corruption need to go beyond simply seizing shipments to worldwide investigations using more technology and legal tools, experts say.
Shipments of illegal timber, hazardous waste, ivory and other items seized globally have spiralled, and environmental crime has moved up the policy agenda. But successful prosecutions are few and the trade continues unabated.
In South-east Asia, environmental crime accounts for 25 per cent of the total value of criminal activity, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates. But "if you go to any given jail in this region, you will probably find about 80 per cent of people are in jail for drug-related offences, and about zero per cent for environmental crime-related offences", says Mr Giovanni Broussard, the Bangkok-based regional coordinator of UNODC's programme on combating wildlife and forest crime.
... Independent investigators in 2014 filmed Chinese businessmen as far afield as Zanzibar, off Tanzania, involved in smuggling ivory. The storied port is one of the main conduits for ivory from Tanzania, where the elephant population has plunged from 110,000 five years ago to 43,000 today.
"Port officials get about US$70 per kilo of ivory to turn away," says Julian Newman, an investigator from the British-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The EIA learnt that the seizure by Customs authorities of one container in 20 of ivory was an acceptable cost of doing business for the syndicates in Zanzibar.
Myanmar and Laos ban the export of raw or round logs. Yet investigators from EIA and other agencies have photographed lorries laden with them moving across borders, with officials and militias along the route paid off.
Full story at news.asiaone.com/news/asia/seizures-alone-will-not-stop-wildlife-and-forest-crime
#wildlife #forests #corruption
Image: Undercover image by EIA investigator of Vietnamese gangster Aqiang, right, who smuggles rosewood into China, stuffing wads of Chinese Yuan into his bag (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
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Kenya: The snipers trained to protect rhinos
In Kenya's Borana nature reserve, drastic new measures are being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from poachers who kill the animals for their horns, writes Chris Haslam.
You never expect Africa to be cold, but up here on Kenya's Laikipia plateau, it's freezing. Thick cloud hides the spires of Mount Kenya and as darkness falls, the temperature plummets.
I'm lying in wet grass with three heavily armed Kenyans. One hundred metres ahead stand three white rhinos. They're oblivious to our presence, and from here, with three shots, my companions could earn themselves a year's salary each.
But they won't. They're part of an SAS-trained private army raised to protect the species from poachers. I ask the sergeant what he would do if he spotted one of his friends or neighbours up to no good.
His reply is unequivocal. "If he comes to kill rhinos he is robbing the entire community. And I will shoot him dead."
There used to be 200,000 of the myopic beasts here in Kenya. That number collapsed to around 200 in the mid-80s, but with the establishment of sanctuaries, the population has recovered to around 600.
Full story at www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35503077
#Kenya #poaching #rhinos
Image: Anti-poaching force, Kenya, via bbc.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
2 hours ago ·
UK: How should we deal with whale strandings?
First light will today [Friday] reveal what has become an all too familiar scene, as another giant of the sea washes up on our beaches.
The 40ft sperm whale, which became stranded off Old Hunstanton yesterday morning, failed to swim to safety at high water.
As dusk fell, experts admitted there was nothing they could do to save the creature as the tide fell and the whale died at around 8pm.
A cordon was put in place around the animal as staff from Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary tried to keep it comfortable, by pouring water around its blow hole ...
Jennifer Lonsdale, director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, said: “By the time they’re actually beached, they’ve all that weight resting on their internal organs.
“The body matter will press on the bodily organs and cause catastrophic damage they can’t survive.
“The International Whaling Commission is doing a lot of work on the best way to deal with stranded dolphins, whales and porpoises.
“It’s so dreadful, it’s obviously suffering but how do you euthanase it, it’s really difficult to know what to do.”
Full story at www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/how_should_we_deal_with_whale_strandings_1_4406607
#UK #Norfolk #whales
Image: The sperm whale washed up at Hunstanton, UK (c) PJBayfield, via edp24.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago ·