Pretoria, South Africa 4th July 2016—Scientists from Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom as well as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) law enforcement attaché for Southern Africa, last week visited the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) to learn about the wildlife DNA casework being undertaken to help crack cases with international ramifications.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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UPDATE 13th of February 2017: the full summary of the RhODIS ®
workshop, its findings and recommendations are now available in the executive report. Download your copy.
Pretoria, South Africa, 28th June 2016—The international expansion of rhino horn DNA testing was announced at the RhODIS ® Rhino DNA Scientific workshop in South Africa at Kruger National Park and the University of Pretoria’s Veterinary Genetics Lab (VGL) which concluded on Friday.
Nairobi, Kenya, 27th June 2016—Cabinet Secretary Professor Judy Wakhungu today opened the 4th Annual East Africa Timber Trade Stakeholders’ Forum, which focuses on Moving from words to actions: Implementing the Zanzibar Declaration and bi-annual agreements.
Cambridge, UK, 26th May 2016—the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime this week published its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, the first global assessment of its kind. The study highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species worldwide presents real environmental dangers and ultimately undermines the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict.
Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 25th May 2016—Magistrates and prosecutors, including law enforcement officers and wildlife management officers adjudicating over wildlife crimes from across Tanzania met this week as part of a programme to strengthen the judicial, prosecutorial and investigative sectors in the fight against wildlife crime.
Sophisticated poachers could undercut bold Kenyan fight against wildlife crime in this key African transit country
Nairobi, Kenya 9th May, 2016—Kenya is taking a bold stand against wildlife crime through improved enforcement action, higher penalties for wildlife criminals and last year it was the only African range State to report a significant fall in the numbers of rhinos poached.
—An examination of seizures of pangolins and resulting prosecutions in Zimbabwe by researchers from TRAFFIC, the Tikki Hywood Foundation and the School of Biological Sciences and Environment Institute, University of Adelaide, have found that the tough stance taken by the Government in Zimbabwe sets a good example to other countries on how to protect pangolins from international trafficking.