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WEMS Wins Best Poster Award at the Second International Forum for Sustainable Future in Asia

The Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) Initiative’s entry in the poster session of the Second International Forum for Sustainable Future in Asia won the “Best Poster” Award.

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AIT Commits to Support the Global Fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Bytes Beyond Continents: Advancing Evidence-based Environmental Governance, a side event in conjunction with the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade was held on 18 November in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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African nations welcome China's decision to close the domestic ivory market by the end of 2017.

A coalition of 15 African countries on Friday welcomed China's commitment to closing its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, saying the move signals Beijing's goodwill in protecting Africa's elephants.

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Cases of poaching decline in 2016, but more efforts needed

Kenya experienced a decline in poaching cases in 2016, attributed to inter-agency and regional collaboration among other efforts used in combating wildlife crime.

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Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa, and carbon dating proves it

More than 90 percent of illegal ivory trade from elephants that died less than three years ago.

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5 Smart Technologies That Will Crack Down On Wildlife Trafficking

Technology by itself will not save pangolins or elephants, but it can help make major progress.

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'The Ivory Game': Exposing the illegal trade pushing elephants to extinction

Original Netflix documentary "The Ivory Game" goes inside the illegal ivory trade to put Africa's elephant poaching crisis back on the agenda.

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Kenya leads the way in bringing poachers to justice

Kenya has sent a strong message that it will no longer tolerate wildlife crime by convicting an ivory poaching ‘king pin’.

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60 percent of global wildlife species wiped out

According to The Living Planet 2016, unprecedented rate of decline of animals because of human activity is causing a "global mass extinction".

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Making a killing: how to stop the lethal practice of wildlife trafficking

Organised criminal groups are increasingly engaging in wildlife trafficking as the risk of detection is low and the financial rewards are high. The proceeds are often used to finance militia and terrorist groups.

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States pulled up for lacking wildlife investigating units

With increase in cases of wildlife crimes across India, Ministry of Environment and Forests has pulled up states for not setting up dedicated units for investigating wildlife crime cases, two years after all states committed to it.

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U.S. Hunters Banned from Importing Trophies from Captive Lions

On Thursday 19 October 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on the import of trophies taken from captive-bred lions in South Africa.



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Demand for exotic meats is threatening wildlife species

According to an international research team, more logistical and financial support is needed from richer developed countries and only big changes and political will can diminish the possibility of humans consuming many of the world’s wild mammals to the point of extinction.

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EGI: Filling in the gaps in law enforcement for the online wildlife trade

Enforcement Gaps Interface (EGI), a cutting-edge tool that uses a computational algorithm to mine hundreds of commercial sites on the open web for ads potentially containing illegal wildlife and wildlife products, could facilitate law enforcement agencies to effectively combat virtual wildlife trafficking.

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UNU Licenses AIT to Use System Monitoring Illicit Wildlife Trade in Asia

The United Nations University (UNU) has signed a licencing agreement with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), by which AIT will implement the UNU-developed Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) in Asia.

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Pangolins On The Brink

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. These small creatures are traded to be either sold or killed for food and traditional medicine.

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Wildlife enforcement networks meet to further strengthen collaboration to combat ‘industrial scale’ crime

Over 90 representatives from wildlife enforcement networks across the world met in Johannesburg during CITES CoP17 to discuss on strengthening coordination to combat transnational organized wildlife and forest crime.

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Largest ever World Wildlife Conference hailed as a ‘game changer’

Following two weeks of marathon negotiations during the CITES CoP17, governments adopted a series of decisions on regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wildlife including strengthened actions to combat illicit wildlife trafficking and higher protection to entire groups of species.

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Wildlife Bans must be strictly Enforced

According to a report by TRAFFIC, interviews with pangolin hunters in Sabah, Malaysia reveal that the hunters are aware of the illegality of hunting pangolins, and the critically endangered status of pangolins. However, the hunters admitted that the lucrative price made it difficult for them to stop hunting pangolins.

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President Obama signs Engel Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Legislation into Law

President Barack Obama has signed into law The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016, which will strengthen wildlife trafficking laws and bolster enforcement efforts to further protect endangered species that have been targeted by poachers.

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A vote against wildlife trafficking

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on October 13 to back a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade.

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Thousands of Illegally Traded Wild Animals Put at Risk by Missing Data

According to a new report by the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection, data on illegal wildlife trade collected by enforcement agencies is generally riddled with gaps..

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AIT and UNU sign WEMS licensing agreement

United Nations University (UNU) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) have signed a formal licensing agreement for implementation of a project that assists in monitoring of wildlife trafficking and illegal wildlife crime.

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Poachers target rare bird’s ‘ivory’ beak in Southeast Asia

The Helmeted Hornbill’s plight as an endangered species is often overlooked in comparison to the elephants but its large lump similar to rhino horn has made it vulnerable to illegal poaching...

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US funding new soldiers in wildlife trafficking war: giant rats

1.2 million grant secured for an innovative program training, African giant pouched rats to detect illegal shipments of trafficked pangolins...

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Elephant Poaching Costs African Tourism $25 Million Per Year

New research shows investing in elephant conservation pays big...

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