No 281 Wildlife Trade News 30th November 2014

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No 281 Wildlife Trade News 30th November 2014

Illegal wildlife trading rampant in China






Illegal logging detected near national park. SARAWAK/MALAYSIA

Pushing for greater conservation efforts. MALAYSIA

Former Malaysian chief: legal logging also ‘destructive’ of forests

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: State govt has power over land use. MALAYSIA

Endangered species list doubles in 2 yrs. INDIA

Gaming bird: BHC scuppers houbara bustard hunting plan QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Friday shot down the ‘illegal’ orders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocating certain areas of the province to Arab royals for the hunting of houbara bustards. Court says issuance of licence to foreigners for hunting amounts to compromise on sovereignty. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

Pakistan bans Arab royals from hunting rare bird

A Pakistani high court barred Arab royals from hunting endangered migratory birds in the country’s southwestern Baluchistan province.

Sarawak ministers pledge total support for CM in war against graft (NA: Well done Sarawak. Shame on your neighbouring Sabah government who seem rather less than enthusiastic about stamping out corruption, illegal logging and the illegal wildlife trade.)

Deforestation 2 — Dr Mahathir Mohamad. MALAYSIA

Wildlife Law Enforcer of the year award for Lincolnshire police officer UK Read more:

Surin: Ivory trader must be properly registered. THAILAND

Four killed in Tanzania anti-poaching helicopter crash

Moving all rhino not possible: KNP

Campaign against poaching and encroachment. INDIA

Stephen Corry: conservation must work with, not against, indigenous peoples

‘It Must Be Stopped’: Indonesia’s New President Vows to End the World’s Worst Deforestation

Haryana’s Jumbo Problem. INDIA

Elephant Pit Traps Still A Danger. INDIA

Gangs of Meat Poachers Threaten Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. INDIA

Galápagos Islands wildlife threatened by battle between locals and scientists

Leopard killed in MP, 3 held . INDIA Read more at:

PRESS RELEASE INTERPOL environmental working group meetings enhance collaboration

LYON, France – Designing a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime is the focus of a series of Environmental Crime Working Group Meetings being held at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

The 25th Wildlife Crime Working Group Meeting, the 19th Pollution Crime Working Group Meeting and the 3rd Fisheries Crime Working Group Meeting were held from 25-27 November, along with parallel meetings of INTERPOL’s Green Customs Initiative and Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Advisory Board.

Some 200 members of senior law enforcement officials from 60 INTERPOL member countries from around the world and representatives from international organizations have set out strategies to best deal with environmental crime in all its forms, and ensure that governments and law enforcement officials recognize and raise awareness of the dangers created by this type of crime.

David Jordan, Chair of the ECEC Advisory Board and Executive Director of Operations for the England Environment Agency said: "INTERPOL has brought together law enforcement representatives from a range of countries around the world to form collaborative relationships to work together to combat environmental crimes. The challenges we face are many, therefore by working together we can create a strong network of allies for disrupting the criminal networks behind environmental crime. I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown across so many countries, and I am optimistic that we can make a real difference together."

National law enforcement agencies face a number of challenges in tackling environmental crimes due to the increasingly organized and sophisticated criminal syndicates involved. INTERPOL provides unique support that connects law enforcement organizations and allows for international cooperation through information sharing on illicit trade activities and the exchange of best practice techniques on combating wildlife and forest crime.

"Maintaining and enhancing our commitment towards member countries and environmental security requires a multi-disciplinary response, bringing together conservation management, legislators and enforcement officials. Meetings such as these allow us to present a united message to the world that the global law enforcement community is engaged in a collective effort to protect our natural resources," said David Higgins, the Head of INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit.

Enhancing cooperation between INTERPOL member countries and environmental enforcement actions is necessary to detect trends and impacts of crimes against the environment. The importance of addressing other crimes which are often perpetrated by the same criminal networks, such as trafficking in human beings, corruption, money laundering and drug smuggling, was also highlighted.

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