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Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new UNODC report
May 24, 2016 - Today, UNODC launched its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of different species across the globe not only present real environmental dangers but ultimately undermine the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict. The report - part of UNODC's ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife and Forest Crime - also urges shared responsibility in tackling this crime given how products made from illicit flora and fauna such as fashion items, furniture, food, and pets, may be hidden in plain sight.
Launched at this week's Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the report was developed by UNODC with data provided by partner organizations under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), including the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).
One of the main messages the new report aims to convey is that wildlife and forest crime is not limited to certain countries or regions, but is a truly global phenomenon. The report looks at eight case studies of species products sorted by seven industrial sectors that make use of wild sourced materials across the world ...
Launching the report, UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, elaborated ...: "The desperate plight of iconic species at the hands of poachers has deservedly captured the world's attention, and none too soon. Animals like the tiger, feared and revered throughout human history, are now hanging on by a thread, their dwindling numbers spread across a range of states that are struggling to protect them. African elephants and rhinos are under constant pressure. But the threat of wildlife crime does not stop with these majestic animals. One of the critical messages to emerge from this research is that wildlife and forest crime is not limited to certain countries or regions. It is not a trade involving exotic goods from foreign lands being shipped to faraway markets".
Read in full and download the report at www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2016/May/wildlife-crime-assessed-globally-for-the-first-time-in-...
#wildlifecrime #forests #tigers #elephants #rhinos UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime CITES World Customs Organization
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16 hours ago ·
UK: Christie's fined £3,250 for putting banned elephant tusk up for sale
World-famous Christie's Auction House were fined £3,250 today after putting a banned elephant tusk up for sale on their website.
... An expert for the auctioneers assessed the tusk, mounted on a silver pedestal, as having been crafted in about 1880 and valued at between £1,200 and £1,800.
But the company, based in South Kensington, southwest London, did not obtain the necessary paperwork to exempt it from stricter EU guidelines adopted in 2012.
... Christie's Auction House pleaded guilty to the prohibited offering for sale of a specimen and was fined £3,250, and ordered to pay a surcharge of £120 with £85 costs.
Read this story in full at www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/23/christies-fined-3000-for-putting-banned-elephant-tusk-up-for-...
#elephants #ivory #antiques
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18 hours ago ·
Indonesia: Forestry ministry follows through on palm oil permit freeze
The Indonesian forestry ministry is on board with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to ban new oil palm permits, and has rejected all outstanding requests to establish plantations in the forest zone, a ministry official said on Friday.
LEARN more about this issue in the EIA reports:
* Who Watches the Watchmen? - ht.ly/bYHZ300wnuB
* Permitting Crime - ht.ly/CNxw300wnxf
Sixty-one palm oil companies have had their proposals rejected, sparing a total of 851,000 hectares of land from conversion, according to the San Afri Awang, the ministry’s head of governance and planning. That’s 12 times the size of Singapore.
Read the full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/05/indonesias-forestry-ministry-follows-palm-oil-permit-freeze/
#Indonesia #palmoil #forests #deforestation #orangutans Presiden Joko Widodo
Image: Surviving orangutan in devastated forest area cleared for oil palm, West Kalimantan, Indonesia (c) IAR Indonesia / Alejo Sabugo ... See MoreSee Less
18 hours ago ·