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Wayne Lotter, conservation champion, killed in Dar es Salaam

18. August 2017
Wayne Lotter, conservation champion, killed in Dar es Salaam

It is with immense sadness that TRAFFIC has learned of the killing in Dar es Salaam of Wayne Lotter, the founding co-Director of PAMS Foundation Tanzania. TRAFFIC staff in Africa and beyond came to know Wayne over several years, routinely engaging with him on common issues. 
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DNA tests confirm Southern Bluefin Tuna on menu in mainland China

18. August 2017
DNA tests confirm Southern Bluefin Tuna on menu in mainland China

Beijing, China, 18th August 2017—The Southern Bluefin Tuna market in China, a new study published today, has found Southern Bluefin Tuna is served in restaurants in mainland China, particularly Shanghai. This is a significant finding not only because of the threatened status of the tuna, but as it also provides insights into China’s role...
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FairWild in the spotlight at Shenzhen International Botanical Congress 2017

17. August 2017
FairWild in the spotlight at Shenzhen International Botanical Congress 2017

Shen Zhen, China, 23 to 29th July, 2017–the 19th International Botanical Congress (IBC), known as the Olympics of botany, was attended by TRAFFIC for the first time. The IBC is an academic conference for botanical scientists and organizations to showcase a diverse variety of exhibitions concerning plant conservation.
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New study finds China’s ivory market shrinking ahead of incoming domestic ivory ban

11. August 2017
New study finds China’s ivory market shrinking ahead of incoming domestic ivory ban

Beijing, China, 12th August 2017, World Elephant Day—Following China’s announcement late last year of a domestic ivory trade ban by the end of 2017, TRAFFIC and WWF surveys have found that the number of ivory items offered for sale—in both legal and illegal ivory markets in China—has declined alongside falling ivory prices.
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New FairWild certification project brings sustainable and ethical baobab to the market

9. August 2017
New FairWild certification project brings sustainable and ethical baobab to the market

Zimbabwe, August 2017—One of FairWild’s newest certification scheme entrants, B’Ayoba, is a natural ingredients company that supplies Baobab Adansonia digitata products, ethically and sustainably wild harvested in partnership with rural producer communities around Zimbabwe.
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TRAFFIC surveys find thousands of ivory items sold weekly online in Japan

8. August 2017
TRAFFIC surveys find thousands of ivory items sold weekly online in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, 8th August 2017—TRAFFIC surveys of Japan’s online domestic ivory markets in 2017 have found high volumes of sales across online shopping malls, auction sites and emerging CtoC (Customer to Customer) websites, with thousands of advertisements posted every week. The significant number of ivory products being offered and traded online in Japan is...
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“FairWild Week” to champion sustainable wild plant harvesting

2. August 2017
“FairWild Week” to champion sustainable wild plant harvesting

The FairWild Foundation will launch the first ever “FairWild Week” to champion the vital need to harvest wild plant ingredients sustainably. The inaugural event will take place between 21–27th August, with the support of FairWild partners such as TRAFFIC, and involvement of FairWild certification scheme participants including Pukka Herbs, Traditional Medicinals, Neal’s Yard Remedies,...
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Malaysia makes its eighth African pangolin scale and ivory seizure for 2017

2. August 2017
Malaysia makes its eighth African pangolin scale and ivory seizure for 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2nd August 2017–Royal Malaysian Customs officers have made their eighth illegal wildlife seizure this year as a shipment of African pangolin scales and elephant ivory was intercepted last Sunday. The seizure brings the total haul for the year to a staggering 1.7 tonnes of pangolin scales and 958 kg of ivory.
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Asia’s tigers face devastating snaring crisis

29. Juli 2017
Asia’s tigers face devastating snaring crisis

Cambridge, UK, 29th July 2017–On Global Tiger Day today, TRAFFIC and WWF are urging Tiger range governments to strengthen anti-poaching efforts and crack down on a severe wildlife snaring crisis that is threatening wildlife across Asia.
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TRAFFIC initiative in India warns against buying illegal wildlife products

28. Juli 2017
TRAFFIC initiative in India warns against buying illegal wildlife products

New Delhi, India, 26th July 2017–Four new posters under the “Don’t Buy Trouble” banner have been released by TRAFFIC and WWF-India in an effort to help curb illegal wildlife trade in some of the most traded wildlife species in India.
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Trade study sets new baseline for monitoring US elephant ivory market

26. Juli 2017
Trade study sets new baseline for monitoring US elephant ivory market

Washington DC, USA, 26th July 2017—A new trade study led by TRAFFIC, with support from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has established a baseline for the status of the US elephant ivory market around the time that a series of changes to federal regulations were imposed by...
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Malaysian Customs arrest Vietnamese national carrying two suitcases filled with ivory

17. Juli 2017
Malaysian Customs arrest Vietnamese national carrying two suitcases filled with ivory

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17th July 2017—Royal Malaysian Customs have arrested a Vietnamese national with an estimated 36 kg of partially processed ivory pieces in two suitcases at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
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