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Tokyo Ivory: Catering to International Orders

Tokyo Ivory: Catering to International Orders

By WildAid and the Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund. Executive SummaryIllegal exports of ivory are continuing unabated. Though Japan,where the most visible and largest legal ivory market exists today, hasbeen claiming that its market is not contributing to illegal trade, moreand more ivory shipments from Japan have been seized in othercountries: mainly China. Would authorized legal sales of ivory itemsfacilitate illegal export of it? In order to examine this theory, WildAidand JTEF conducted an undercover investigation into two companiesmanaged by Chinese nationals. Both companies were mainly...

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COVID-19 fallout undermining nature conservation efforts – IUCN publication

COVID-19 fallout undermining nature conservation efforts – IUCN publication

Gland, Switzerland, 11 March 2021 (IUCN) – The pandemic has significantly impacted nature conservation around the globe, including job losses among protected area rangers, reduced anti-poaching patrols and environmental protection rollbacks, according to a collection of new research papers published today by IUCN in a special issue of PARKS, the journal of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. "While the global health crisis remains priority, this new research reveals just how severe a toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on conservation efforts and on communities dedicated to...

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African forest and savannah elephants treated as separate species

African forest and savannah elephants treated as separate species

By John Hart, Kathleen Gobush, Fiona Maisels, Sam Wasser, Benson Okita-Ouma and Rob Slotow - Cambridge University Press The African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) of IUCN will now treat African elephants as two species: the forest elephant Loxodonta cyclotis and the savannah elephant Loxodonta africana. This will be reflected in IUCN's Red List assessment update for African elephants, and in the next iteration of the African Elephant Status Report, both to be published in 2021. This concurs with Wilson & Reader (Mammal Species of the World, 2005), the primary IUCN...

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Trading Years for Wildlife: Wildlife crime from the perspectives of offenders in Namibia

Trading Years for Wildlife: Wildlife crime from the perspectives of offenders in Namibia

By TRAFFIC Trading Years for Wildlife lifts the lid on why 45 offenders who are incarcerated in six different Namibian Correctional Service facilities, turned towards the illegal wildlife trade. The investigation, which took two years, reveals how economic, social, nutritional, and functional factors motivated the offenders to commit the crimes they are now serving sentences for. “The illegal wildlife trade is a complex issue. Gaining a better understanding of the who, what, where, why, and how questions surrounding so many aspects of this trade is important to inform both law enforcement...

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