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Thailand: Persistent illegal bird trade highlighted at notorious Bangkok market
More than one thousand birds were found for sale in Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market over a two-day period, many of them legally protected and internationally threatened, according to a new paper published in BirdingASIA, the bulletin of the Oriental Bird Club.
TRAFFIC researchers counted 1,271 birds of 117 species in 45 shops or stalls during a survey on 28th and 29th March, 2015.
Of the total, nine species are listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List and eight species as Near Threatened. More than half the species were native to Thailand, the majority of them considered to be wild caught and thus protected by national legislation—which should prevent their capture and trade.
Among them was the native and nationally protected Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus, a popular competition songbird in Thailand and the second most numerous species recorded in the inventory.
Many birds in the market appeared to be in poor condition with some, particularly owls, on the verge of unconsciousness, suggesting a high level of mortality.
Although the numbers of birds recorded were lower than those found during surveys at Chatuchak in the late 1960s and 1980s, the open illegal trade at the market highlights the essential need for regular and effective enforcement, especially for native protected species, say the paper’s authors.
Read in full at www.traffic.org/home/2016/7/28/persistent-illegal-bird-trade-highlighted-at-notorious-bangk.html
#Thailand #Bangkok #birds IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Oriental Bird Club TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network
Image: Spotted owlets, one of the many protected native species for sale in Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand (c) M Phassaraudomsak / TRAFFIC ... See MoreSee Less
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China: People facing up to the plight of tigers
Tiger fans in China are passionately voicing their concerns and support for the last remaining tigers, fewer than 50, in China ahead International Tiger Day tomorrow.
People from all over the country have been painting their faces as tigers and sharing the photos under a hashtag which translates as “living with tigers”.
Xie Yan, a researcher of China’s Chinese Academy of Sciences, is behind this popular online movement showing increasing awareness of tiger conservation in China.
Ms Xie, a renowned tiger conservationist in the China, organises volunteers from all over the country every year to remove by hand the traps and snares at the China-Russia border. The area is the last hope for the survival of tigers in China. Last year alone, about 300 volunteers patrolled an area of 797sq km on foot at temperatures averaging -20 degrees C. In all, 1,860 traps and snares, deadly threats to tigers and their prey, were removed.
Throughout July, Ms Xie has also arranged educational lectures on tigers and other Asian big cats such as Amur leopards every weekend in Beijing at an exhibition area inside a popular shopping mall, with photos, paintings, books and documentaries about tigers on show. ... See MoreSee Less
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Forests, species on four continents threatened by palm oil expansion
As palm oil production expands from South-East Asia into tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, vulnerable forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a new Duke University-led study finds.
The largest areas of vulnerable forest are in Africa and South America, where more than 30 per cent of forests within land suitable for oil palm plantations remain unprotected, the study shows.
Rates of recent deforestation have been highest in South-East Asia and South America, particularly Indonesia, Ecuador and Peru, where more than half of all oil palms are grown on land cleared since 1989.
"Almost all oil palm is grown in places that once were tropical forests. Clearing these forests threatens biodiversity and increases greenhouse gas emissions," said Varsha Vijay, a doctoral student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment who led the study.
Read in full at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160727172011.htm
#palmoil #forests #deforestation #Indonesia #Ecuador #Peru #climate
Image: Oil palm fruits (c) Centre for International Forestry Research ... See MoreSee Less
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