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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - EU sets precedent: first REIO to join CITES
    becomes a full member of CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora the first regional economic integration organization REIO to do so The accession of the EU as a single Party to CITES is another milestone reached in long term efforts to ensure consistent implementation of CITES across all Member States that began with the adoption of common EU Wildlife Trade Regulations in 1984 said Katalin Kecse Nagy TRAFFIC s Regional Director for Europe The EU Wildlife Trade Regulations which are directly applicable in all EU Member States provide the legal framework through which CITES is implemented throughout the EU Accession to CITES legally binds the EU to implement and enforce the Convention which should lead to further improvements in the effectiveness of CITES implementation in the Member States The EU is leading the way in demonstrating how to curtail illegal wildlife trade but encourage legal and sustainable sourcing within a single market without internal border controls said Kecse Nagy It also means that while no additional vote is given to the EU it can now vote en bloc as a single entity during CITES meetings rather than each of the 28 Member States doing so individually although that option will still be available if required The development is also timely as the EU moves towards adoption of an Action Plan on Wildlife Crime to guide the region s effective contribution towards international efforts to curb the global poaching crisis TRAFFIC would welcome the adoption of a strong Action Plan to support more concerted and co ordinated action across the Member States and beyond including across relevant authorities and services traditionally less involved in fighting wildlife crime said Kecse Nagy Key to curtailing illegal wildlife trade in the EU has been effective collaboration and information exchange between Member States such as that provided through EU TWIX European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange which was established in 2005 as a joint initiative by the Belgian Federal Police CITES Management Authority and Customs and TRAFFIC as a platform for information exchange and communication between officials across 36 European countries The EU is among the world s largest and most important consumer markets for products derived from wild animals and plants including CITES listed timber and fisheries In 2011 the EU was the world s largest single market for fishery products estimated at EUR18 6 billion 1 the second largest market for timber and wood based products importing 17 of global trade 2 with an estimated value of EUR25 billion 3 and with an estimated value for all EU imports of CITES listed animals and animal products of EUR499 million around 70 of them reptile skins and leather products 4 The EU s accession to CITES should enable it to play a fuller and more robust role in ensuring the effectiveness of the Convention internationally and in maintaining the high level global attention to addressing illegal wildlife trade through initiatives including discussions at the United Nations

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Landmark for wildlife crime database EU-TWIX
    the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Thursday Aug 07 2014 Landmark for wildlife crime database EU TWIX Cambridge UK 7th August 2014 EU TWIX European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange has reached the landmark of 40 000 records in its database of illegal wildlife seizures Established in 2005 as a joint initiative by the Belgian Federal Police CITES Management Authority and Customs and TRAFFIC EU TWIX has been facilitating the monitoring of illegal wildlife trade by providing a platform for information exchange and communication between officials across 35 European countries EU TWIX is also a database for seizures made in the region by a range of enforcement agencies of species listed in CITES the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Analysis of the database helps EU enforcement agencies and international organizations monitor trends in illegal trade and carry out threat assessments for a variety of species and commodity groups including ivory rhino horns tortoises and exotic birds As a single market with free movement of goods and no internal border controls it is essential to have information on illegal wildlife trade at the overall European Union level while for several EU Member States the EU TWIX database is also the only repository of national CITES seizure data We started to record illegal wildlife trade seizures data at the national level in collaboration with the Belgian CITES MA Management Authority and Customs from 2001 onwards This national database effectively formed the basis for a European wide database the EU TWIX database which has kept growing steadily ever since said Laurent Grolet Chief Inspector of the Belgian Federal Police We are convinced of the continued importance of EU TWIX in the fight against wildlife crime in Europe and are therefore still involved in the administration of the system to this day The Belgian Federal Police provide in kind support for the essential transfer of information into the database which is managed on a daily basis by TRAFFIC As a result of messages exchanged via EU TWIX a number of investigations into potential wildlife crimes have been triggered some of which extend well beyond Europe s borders For example in 2012 the EU TWIX network assisted authorities in the Galapagos with a court case involving a German citizen who had attempted to smuggle threatened iguanas out of the Islands In February 2013 an Ecuadorian court sentenced the individual to four years in prison The benefits of facilitating rapid information exchange between enforcement officers have been considerable over the past decade said Stephanie von Meibom Regional Director of TRAFFIC in Europe However funding is needed to secure the long term future of EU TWIX and ensure the benefits of its operation will continue to assist enforcement agencies in the region to do their part in counteracting the global trafficking of wildlife In February 2014 the European Commission highlighted the importance of EU TWIX in its communication to the Council and Parliament on the

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - WCO and TRAFFIC sign MOU to build the enforcement capabilities of Customs frontline officers
    Wild animals used for pets fashion Search TRAFFIC NOTE To search inside TRAFFIC s PDFs use the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Monday Oct 21 2013 WCO and TRAFFIC sign MOU to build the enforcement capabilities of Customs frontline officers Steven Broad TRAFFIC s Executive Director left and Kunio Mikuriya Secretary General of the World Customs Organization signing the MOU between the two organizations WCO in Chinese l en Français Brussels Belgium 21st October 2013 The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization WCO Kunio Mikuriya and Steven Broad Executive Director of TRAFFIC today signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU between the organizations at WCO Headquarters The MOU formalizes the ongoing co operative relationship between the WCO and TRAFFIC on sensitising Customs to wildlife conservation issues and bolstering efforts to respond to illegal trade in protected animals and plants The Parties have agreed to pool their capacity building efforts by disseminating existing reference and training materials jointly developing new materials and organizing joint training activities for Customs officers They have also agreed to enhance information exchange TRAFFIC will assist the WCO in identifying gaps in enforcement and detecting new threats while the WCO will provide TRAFFIC with Customs seizure data to be entered into the EU TWIX and ETIS databases The illegal trade in endangered animals and species is a scourge that Customs administrations are working hard to combat I am pleased to be able to count on the support of TRAFFIC to meet the complex challenges posed by this type of illegal trade said WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya Customs officers are truly on the frontline of international efforts to counter wildlife trafficking and TRAFFIC is pleased to lend our full support towards these vital enforcements efforts said Steven Broad Executive Director of TRAFFIC TRAFFIC s expertise experience of effective strategies and technical resources for training have already been put to good use by the WCO including during the implementation of Project GAPIN Many Customs officers taking part in WCO led operations have received specific training on wildlife trafficking enforcement from TRAFFIC Both organizations are now working together to provide guidance to frontline officers tackling illegal practices in the timber trade by some margin the most valuable wildlife commodity traded worldwide A timber manual as

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Conservation of medicinal plants top of WHO agenda
    s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Wednesday Oct 19 2011 Conservation of medicinal plants top of WHO agenda More than 60 experts met this week in Toyama Japan to finalise guidelines on conservation of medicinal plants worldwide Click image to enlarge Kahoru Kanari TRAFFIC in Japanese Toyama Japan 19th October 2011 more than 60 international medicinal plant experts met this week in Toyama the centre of traditional medicine and pharmaceutical production in Japan to agree guidelines on conservation of medicinal plants The meeting was organized and supported by Toyama Prefecture University of Toyama and the World Health Organization WHO The use of plants as medicine is important to health care worldwide but many medicinal plant species are threatened with extinction through habitat loss competition with alien invasive species climate change and over collection A team from WHO IUCN the International Union for Conservation of Nature WWF and TRAFFIC consulted widely to revise international guidelines on the conservation of medicinal plants Anastaysia Timoshyna TRAFFIC s Medicinal Plant Programme Leader addresses experts identifying actions to promote the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants Click image to enlarge Kahoru Kanari TRAFFIC East Asia The Toyama consultation brought together medicinal plant

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Sustainable wild plant harvesting proves a global success
    wild medicinal aromatic dye and food plants and trees is charting new ways to protect the species and their habitats and benefit the communities that depend on them according to a new report from world wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC In Karnatka India it is now possible to collect the resin of the White Palle tree used in traditional Indian medicine and incense without removing the bark and killing the trees that provide it In Cambodia a new co operative has boosted returns to medicinal plant harvesting communities through better harvesting drying and marketing In Brazil a women s co operative in Amazonia State and a major natural cosmetics company are aiming to co operate on the marketing of sustainably harvested products In Lesotho and South Africa a harvesting and management strategy for Kalwerbossie whose tubers are used to treat digestive disorders will ensure sustainable harvest of the plant thus providing long term benefits to communities Wild for a cure ground truthing a standard for sustainable management of wild plants in the field PDF 700 KB details projects ranging from South America to Southern Africa and South East Asia where new methods were devised to protect key natural resources from the wild while improving the livelihoods and benefits for local people through application of guidelines on sustainable wild collection With around 15 000 of the estimated 50 000 70 000 plant species used for medicine cosmetics or dietary supplements threatened the need for developing practical guidelines to ensure supplies are sustainable has never been more urgent said Anastasiya Timoshyna TRAFFIC s Global Medicinal Plants Programme Leader and co author of the report Wild for a cure ground truthing a standard for sustainable management of wild plants in the field details a BMZ funded project on sustainable collection of wild medicinal and aromatic plants Click image to enlarge The project demonstrated sufficient flexibility in the guidelines to allow them to be adapted to meet local conditions including a variety of governance and land tenure systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Cambodia India Lesotho Nepal and South Africa The report notes the importance of ensuring all local stakeholders from collectors to local organizations resource management authorities and businesses are involved in partnership from the outset and that clear and realistic market openings should be identified for harvested products and with ways devised to give added value to products and a fair share of benefits to the owners of traditional knowledge Adequate resources should be allocated for training of local project workers in wild plants resource assessment harvest monitoring collection and processing techniques and most importantly for protection of their traditional knowledge and benefit sharing The BMZ funded Saving Plants that Save Lives and Livelihoods project has taken an important step in bridging the gap between words and action to manage wild plants for the future of humankind said Dirk Niebel Germany s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ We are glad to demonstrate just ahead to the forthcoming Convention on

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  • TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Pukka Herbs launches FairWild-certified herbal tea
    5th July 2012 To celebrate its tenth anniversary Pukka Herbs has launched a new blend of organic peppermint and FairWild certified licorice tea The licorice originates from Kazakhstan and was especially selected because it meets the FairWild Standard for sustainability and fair trade The FairWild Standard was developed by TRAFFIC WWF and other FairWild Foundation partners to ensure those collecting wild plant ingredients harvest the produce sustainably and receive a premium price for their efforts It is the first time consumers in the UK will be able to buy a product featuring the FairWild logo The UK is Europe s third largest importer of medicinal and aromatic plants 8 5 of total EU imports by value the majority of which are wild harvested Up to 90 of the UK s requirements are sourced from abroad Ensuring the market s supplies are from sustainable sources is vital for conservation reasons and for the thousands of workers involved in the industry We are delighted herbal tea market leader Pukka Herbs is embracing the FairWild Standard as the mark of sustainability for wild harvested plant ingredients said Anastasiya Timoshyna TRAFFIC s expert on wild medicinal plants Consumers can buy products containing FairWild certified ingredients with confidence knowing the wild plant harvesters and producers are receiving a fair price for their produce As an added bonus for every packet sold Pukka Herbs is donating 20p to WWF UK to support wild plant conservation projects around the world The partnership aims to raise over GBP50 000 Commenting on the partnership Rachel Bloodworth from WWF said We are delighted to be working with Pukka Herbs in their tenth birthday year their dedication to supporting the natural environment and creating a beautiful world is perfectly aligned with our goals Over the past 50 years WWF has achieved countless successes from preserving existing species such as mountain gorillas and giant pandas to helping the development of international agreements for the protection of the planet none of which would be possible without the continued support of dedicated individuals and companies like Pukka Inspired by the idea of connecting people with the power of plants Tim Westwell creative entrepreneur and Sebastian Pole herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner created Pukka Herbs and launched a trio of organic herbal teas in 2002 A decade later Pukka Herbs has a range of 25 award winning teas a skincare collection and food supplements sold in 40 countries around the world When we started Pukka Herbs in 2002 we wanted to create a totally organic business that inspired people to live healthier more sustainable lives partnering with WWF to promote our shared conservation values seemed the perfect next step said Sebastian Pole co founder and director of Pukka Herbs Our new Peppermint Licorice tea is a naturally caffeine free delicious blend of refreshing peppermint to support digestion and containing naturally sweet soothing FairWild licorice to calm and nourish I hope consumers will feel good knowing that as well as taking care of themselves they re also

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  • TRAFFIC - EGP-MAPs
    specimens at Wecome Pharmaceutical Ltd Anastasiya Timoshyna TRAFFIC In 2013 TRAFFIC together with the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies WFCMS WWF China and Zhejiang Wecome Pharmaceutical Ltd instigated the EGP MAPs project in Hunan and Zhejiang Provinces The overall goal is to create green supply chains in the Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM industry achieving sustainable management of medicinal plants and improving rural livelihoods and environmental governance The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants MAPs project is funded by the EU China Environmental Governance Programme EGP Background China the origin and biggest centre of production for many plant materials used in TCM produces a wide variety of plant based herbal medicines and ingredients that are consumed both within China and worldwide However wild medicinal plant resources in China are under threat in large part owing to over harvesting to meet high demand from the TCM and herbal products industry Poor management is not only threatening wild species but also the livelihoods of collectors and ultimately TCM healthcare systems The EGP MAPs project brings together stakeholders involved along the entire supply chain harvesters conservation NGOs industry associations academia government departments and of course the TCM industry and traders to address these issues The project uses the FairWild Standard English version PDF 1 MB Chinese version PDF 500 KB as a best practice framework for sustainable wild harvesting and equitable trade in plants to underpin a long term approach towards sustainability in the TCM industry piloting a participatory approach to governance of China s wild plant resources Wild plant harvesters learn about the Fairwild Standard Chenyang Li TRAFFIC Main Activities Result Area 1 Sustainable production and supply chains led by key TCM manufacturers and traders Support of TCM manufacturers and traders on Corporate Social Responsibility CSR strategy with focus on sustainable production Support of uptake of voluntary standards and certification schemes and facilitation of green labelling of products Establishment of multi stakeholder fora on private sector leadership for sustainable sourcing and production and creation of links to responsible buyers Further information TCM sector holds inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Forum in China Sustainable use of wild medicinal plants highlighted at traditional Chinese medicine Congress FairWild in the limelight at world s largest organic trade fair Green growth for the TCM industry in China Engaging the private sector in sustainable management of medicinal plants in China Traditional Chinese medicine industry holds CSR sustainable development forum Result Area 2 Increased capacity of producer groups Raising collectors awareness of the FairWild Standard and conducting training in sustainable harvesting and production Support of creation and registration of collectors associations Facilitation of access to wider markets by collectors via selected buyers in China or in the EU Further information Medicinal plant utilization underpins sustainable development in Zhejiang Province China EU funded project in China has lasting impacts for sustainable use of wild plants by Chinese traditional medicine sector Farmers Association created to support green supply chains for TCM ingredients Result Area 3 Piloting of green cultivation schemes Increasing

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  • TRAFFIC - Asian Rhinos
    the Publications Search Subscribe to news Subscribe to e Dispatches weekly TRAFFIC email newsletter Enter your Email Wildlife Trade News RSS What s RSS How to view in Chrome Donors Who supports our work TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Rufford Foundation towards this website Also of interest Wildlife crime is serious watch the video innovate fight crime save wildlife Interested in a Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge More details Timber harvest trade in South America Europe ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Affiliations TRAFFIC is a founder partner of Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management CPW TRAFFIC is a member of Useful links TRAFFIC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites WWF IUCN CITES More Asian rhinoceroses There are three species of rhinoceros found in Asia One horned Rhinoceros Sumanth Kuduvalli Felis Creations WWF The most populous is the One horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis numbering around 2575 individuals in 2007 It is categorised as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and is found across India and Nepal with the majority of individuals in India 70 reside in Kaziranga National Park alone The species prefers riverine grassland habitats but its range has become significantly restricted by the growth of human dominated landscapes while in recent years the species has been targeted by poachers for their horns The other two species of Asian rhino are both categorized by IUCN as Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros naturepl com Mark Carwardine WWF The Sumatran Rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatransis exists only in isolated areas of Indonesia and Malaysia despite previously occurring across much of South East Asia It prefers hilly areas with nearby water sources in addition to a tropical rainforest environment Poaching and reduced population viability are the main threats to this species currently fewer than 250 individuals are believed to exist Javan Rhinoceros WWF Greater Mekong The same concerns exist for the Javan Rhinoceros Rhinoceros sondaicus which numbers around 40 60 individuals living in Ujong Kulon National Park on the tip of Java Indonesia Until very recently a tiny population of a Vietnamese subspecies existed in Cat Tien National Park Viet Nam but the last individual there was found shot and dehorned in 2010 In October 2011 the last Javan Rhinoceros in Viet Nam was shot and its horn removed meaning rhinoceroses were confirmed extinct in Viet Nam There is a substantial market in Asia for rhino horn particularly in Viet Nam mainly for prestige use and to a lesser extent due to a belief in its supposed medicinal qualities Much of the poaching to supply demand occurs in Africa where the majority of the world s rhinos are found but poaching is still a problem in Asia particularly within Kaziranga National Park in north eastern India where media reported at least 10 rhinos were killed in the first four months of 2015 The cost is not just in lost animals in the first five months of 2015 11 rhino

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