Our new report, The Shuidong Connection: Exposing the global hub of the illegal ivory trade, is the culmination of almost three years of undercover investigations and exposes organised criminal syndicates operating out of Shuidong, China who have come to dominate the illegal smuggling of poached ivory into China.
An updated trade hotspot map by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and TRAFFIC reinforces the position of China and Indonesia as the world’s most important countries involved in the illegal trade in helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) parts and products
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The International Whaling Commission today joined the chorus of international voices calling for urgent action to save the Mexican vaquita porpoise from extinction. The Resolution on the Critically Endangered Vaquita, proposed by the USA and European Union, was adopted by consensus at the IWC’s 66th meeting in Slovenia
Parties to the Montreal Protocol have adopted an historic global agreement mandating controls on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption and production after eight years of protracted negotiations. The Kigali Amendment will avoid more than 70 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent HFC emissions
In line with the Montreal Protocol, India has announced that its chemical industry, with immediate effect, must collect and destroy emissions of its most potent greenhouse gas, hydrofluorocarbon-23 (HFC-23). This is estimated to prevent nearly half a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over 15 years.
Laos has formally announced at CITES Standing Committee its intention to phase out controversial tiger farm operations, long a source of tiger skins, bones, teeth and claws for a trade which perpetuates the desirability of tiger products and adds intolerable pressure to the world’s remaining wild tiger populations