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China: Hunan police arrest four for selling endangered rare pit vipers
Authorities in Yueyang, Hunan province, have arrested four people in connection with the illegal sale of Mangshan pit vipers on the social media platform WeChat, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
The Mangshan pit viper only lives in the area around Mt Mang in Hunan and part of Guangdong province and was only discovered in the early 1990s. There are thought to be only 500 individuals in the wild, giving the species a smaller wild population than the giant panda. They thus became a hot reptile in the illegal pet trade, with an individual going for over 1 million yuan (US$161,000). The snake was listed as an endangered species under the Convention on International Trade Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in March, 2013. Under CITES, trade in the pit viper is banned.
#China #reptiles #snakes
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Tanzania and Kenya rangers & dog teams trained in ivory detection
Rangers from Tanzania and Kenya wildlife agencies have completed a two-month intensive training on how to detect ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage.
The training organized by Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will see the detection dog teams from Tanzania’s Wildlife Division and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) be deployed to Port of Dar es Salaam and Port of Mombasa, where they will aid both countries in disrupting the flow of illegal ivory smuggled to markets abroad.
The two ports of Dar es Salaam and Mombasa have long been identified as primary export hubs for trafficked ivory out of Africa. According to AWF, between 2006 and 2014, more than 85 percent of seized savannah elephant ivory was traced back to East Africa, much of it from southeastern Tanzania.
* Learn more in the EIA report 'Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants' at ht.ly/QauzP
And between 2009 and 2015, an estimated 188,170 kg of ivory was reportedly smuggled through Kenya’s Port of Mombasa.
“The program specifically combats the trafficking component of the illegal wildlife trade by installing ivory detection dogs at seaports, airports and other ivory trafficking chokepoints, and aims to establish a canine centre of excellence on the continent,” AWF said in a statement.
Under MoU inked between AWF and KWS, a dog detection team will be installed at the Port of Mombasa, as well as other identified export hubs like Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, and the border crossings of Lunga Lunga and Namanga at the Kenya-Tanzania border.
Full story at www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/biz/47680-tanzania-kenyan-rangers-trained-on-ivory-detection
#Kenya #Tanzania #Africa #elephants #ivory
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52 minutes ago ·
Montreal Protocol advances HFC phase-down discussions
PARIS: After a five-day preparatory meeting in Paris, Parties to the Montreal Protocol failed to finalise a formal negotiation process for discussions on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) but agreed to hold an additional meeting prior to the Dubai Meeting of the Parties, which takes place in early November.
Support for tackling HFCs under the Ozone Convention has grown since the first amendment proposals were tabled in 2009. Four proposals were submitted to the 36th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), sparking unprecedented formal discussions in the plenary of the meeting while a second track ‘informal’ process took place to agree a mandate for a contact group to take negotiations forward.
Pakistan emerged as the only country blocking progress by the end of the five-day meeting, refusing to allow reference to the amendment proposals in the negotiated mandate even after proponents agreed to first address issues of importance to the countries that have up to now opposed phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol.
A successful negotiation process in Dubai, which precedes the Paris Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), could breathe air into the Paris climate negotiations and set a heavyweight precedent for an effective global climate treaty.
“Given that the vast majority of Parties to the Montreal Protocol support these proposals amendment, it’s extremely frustrating that after another week of discussions we are yet to start formal negotiations,” said Clare Perry, EIA Climate Campaign team leader.
“Time is running out and substantial political efforts need to be made to clear the path towards a rapid global agreement on HFCs.”
#climate #MontrealProtocol #HFCs #refrigeration
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23 hours ago ·