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Event: World Wildlife Day 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 World Wildlife Day will convene under the theme, 'The future of wildlife is in our hands,' with the sub-theme, 'The future of elephants is in our hands'.  

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Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory [viewed]

cites_srilanka26 January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace.

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SC66 Addresses Compliance and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Advance of CITES CoP17 [viewed]

cites15 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC66) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed a long agenda to advance the conservation and sustainable use of fauna and flora, and address wildlife crime.

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CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites11 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) has opened in Geneva, Switzerland. Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway, emphasized the busy agenda and highlighted some of CITES' successes as well as key international developments: stronger alliances with other organizations; UN General Assembly resolution 69/314 on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife; and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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INTERPOL Highlights Operation Worthy II Outcomes and Tiger Crime Strategy [viewed]

interpol21 December 2015: INTERPOL announced that Operation Worthy II, supported by its Project Wisdom, resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade in Africa. The Operation took place from January to October 2015 across 11 African countries.

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2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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Central African Countries Meet to Advance Implementation of NIAPs [viewed]

cites24 November 2015: During a two-day regional workshop, held from 23-24 November 2015, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs), countries shared lessons learned and agreed to steps on how to improve the management and conservation of African elephants, reduce poaching and prevent illegal ivory trade through the implementation of NIAPs, as required under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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IECEC-2 Calls for Greater Inter-agency Collaboration to Combat Environmental Crime [viewed]

interpol_iecec217 November 2015: The 2nd INTERPOL–UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (IECEC-2) concluded with the adoption of a global action plan meant to strengthen environmental law enforcement and support collaborative action to combat environmental crime. The action plan focuses on four main areas: multi-agency cooperation; police and judicial training; awareness raising; and strengthening legislative and regulatory mechanisms.

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UN Corruption Conference Urges Action on Wildlife and Forest Crime [viewed]

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov (right) and the Secretary-General of Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) John Scanlon. Photo: UNIS Vienna6 November 2015: Participants urged action to disrupt the criminal networks that facilitate illegal trade in wildlife and forest products at the Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP6) to the UN Convention against Corruption. A conference side event recognized wildlife and forest crime as a serious threat and called for preventing corruption as part of efforts to address it.

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Workshop on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs Makes Recommendations to CITES SC66 [viewed]

CITES5 November 2015: With the goal of furthering the work of the Intersessional Working Group on illegal trade in cheetahs, established at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), Kuwait, under the leadership of Shereefa Al-salem, organized a workshop to review and exchange information on the illegal trade in cheetahs, and formulate targeted recommendations to combat it, including recommendations concerning the disposal of confiscated cheetahs.

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