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Press Release: Wildlife crime could be a source of future pandemics; tackling it must be embedded into international criminal law

Press Release: Wildlife crime could be a source of future pandemics; tackling it must be embedded into international criminal law

HONG KONG, 14 October 2020 – The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime today released details of a possible new groundbreaking legal agreement on tackling wildlife crime that could help avoid future wildlife-related pandemics. The form of this agreement would be a Protocol under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), the main international legal instrument in the fight against transnational crime. “The current international legal framework for addressing wildlife crime is inadequate and it leaves us vulnerable to future wildlife-related pandemics,”...

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Press Release: New Zealand to close ivory trade

Press Release: New Zealand to close ivory trade

By Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand (JGINZ) has welcomed the Government’s proposed changes to legislation to close down New Zealand’s steadily-growing elephant ivory trade, but is warning exemptions could undermine efforts to protect elephants. Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand Ambassador, and environmental policy analyst, Fiona Gordon has been at the forefront of national efforts to lobby for this change and says while the proposed changes will see New Zealand taking much needed action on this internationally significant issue, the domestic trade in...

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Press Release: The Lion’s Share provides lifeline to wildlife tourism communities, as COVID-19 jeopardizes conservation worldwide

Press Release: The Lion’s Share provides lifeline to wildlife tourism communities, as COVID-19 jeopardizes conservation worldwide

By UNDP Critical funds raised by innovative UNDP partnership with brands to support local communities at the frontlines of conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. New York – The Lion’s Share today announced new grants to support communities dependent on wildlife-based tourism – an industry that employs millions and is critical to wildlife conservation around the world, but one that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will fund local projects in nine countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to build resilience in communities in wildlife-rich areas...

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Press Release: Wildlife crime and conservation expert John Scanlon appointed chair of UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund

Press Release: Wildlife crime and conservation expert John Scanlon appointed chair of UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund

By Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith gov.uk International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith has appointed John Scanlon as chair of the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Challenge Fund. The IWT Challenge Fund supports projects aiming to tackle the illegal wildlife trade around the world.Published 30 July 2020. Conservation, sustainability and wildlife expert John E. Scanlon AO has been appointed by International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith as the first independent chair of the UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund. The...

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