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Government investigates alleged trafficking of pangolin scales, ivory tusks

Ivory trafficking

The Nigerian government has initiated investigations into the seizure by the Vietnamese Customs Service‎ of over 2,500 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 600 kilogrammes of ivory tusks. Also being investigated are seizures by the Hong Kong Custom Service of 8,200 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 2,000 kilogrammes of ivory said to have originated from the Apapa seaport in Lagos. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: Minister of ...

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Group flays impending EU, Vietnam timber trade deal

Timber Trade

A looming trade agreement on tropical timber involving the European Union and Vietnam is being resisted by a civil society group, which insists that the Southeast Asian country must first clean up its act. A truck ferrying timber product Though Vietnam has banned logging in its own forests, Vietnamese loggers are allegedly crossing the border and plundering national parks in ...

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$900m worth of Pangolin seizures made in Nigeria in 2018


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says that more than $900 million worth of Pangolin for illicit trading were seized in Nigeria in 2018. The Pangolin Asst. Comptroller Mutalib Sule of the NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, made the disclosure at an event to mark the 2019 World Pangolin Day on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in Lagos. The ...

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Kenya to host maiden African protected areas congress in November

Margaret Mwakima

Kenya will in November 2019 host the inaugural Pan African Protected Areas Congress to discuss the continent’s protected areas like wildlife sanctuaries, forests, wetlands and marine ecosystem, officials said on Thursday, February 14. Margaret Mwakima Margaret Mwakima, Principal Secretary in the State Department of Wildlife, said the meeting, which is to be held in Nairobi from November 18 to 23, ...

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Customs, groups clamour stiffer penalties for Pangolin poachers, traders

Pangolin Day

The Nigeria Customs Service, Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NFC) on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 called for stiffer penalties against poachers and those involved in illicit trading of Pangolin. L-R: An environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi; Director-General and CEO of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Muhtari aminu-Kano; Associate Professor, Parasitology/Ecology and Environmental Biology Unit, Department of Zoology, University of ...

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Nigeria’s wildlife trade and threats to conservation


“I am a hunter, I supply fresh wild animals like pangolins, big snakes, antelopes, wild cats, etc.” This tweet on January 15, 2019, by Onayemi Temitope (@trotsky27), generated a massive online buzz, especially on Twitter where it had over 5,000 engagements. Many called out this young man and labelled his action “wicked” and “punishable”, while others praised him highly for ...

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Namibia, others want ban on sale of ivory lifted

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

Namibia on Monday, February 11, 2019 joined South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana in calling for the removal of a ban on ivory trade, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism said. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The three countries that account for 61 per cent of the elephant population in Africa prepared a joint petition to be presented at the forthcoming ...

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Customs gets forensic toolkits to counter illicit wildlife trade

Customs and FME

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, on Monday, February 11, 2019 handed over six forensic toolkits to Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to detect and identify the source of illegal wildlife trade in the country. Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma (left), handing over the toolkits to the Deputy Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Hammi Swomen Zarma, ...

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WWF launches effort to halt oil and gas drilling in Greek waters

Sperm Whale

The WWF on Monday, February 11, 2019 published a report on the “Economic impacts of hydrocarbon exploitation in Greece” as part of the launch of its international campaign to halt oil and gas drilling plans in the country. The study, commissioned by WWF and conducted by eftec, finds that a major oil spill in Greece would devastate the country’s tourism and fishing industries, and cost the Greek ...

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IUCN identifies tree species for climate-resilient reforestation


A study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified tree species native to Indonesia’s Kutai National Park that are resilient to climate change and support threatened East Bornean orangutan populations, recommending their use in reforestation efforts. The study was funded by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. The tree species are resilient to climate change and ...

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