Asia

Smuggler caught in Indonesia with rare birds jammed inside water bottles

21 live critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos, and a green parrot found stashed inside luggage

06 May 2015

Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region

Illegal take of marine turtles can assume various forms, from poaching of animals and eggs on nesting beaches to illegal take of animals at sea.   Typically, green and leatherback turtles are hunted for their meat; the hawksbill turtle is hunted for its carapace as the raw material for craftwork; while the eggs of loggerhead and olive ridley turtles are considered a delicacy.  Turtle meat consumption reportedly occurs in 75% of IOSEA Signatory States, while trade in shell products seems to be predominant in East Asian countries.  Whereas numerous investigations in this regard have been unde

30 April 2015

Assessment of the conservation status of the leatherback turtle in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia

For ease of comparison, the following text is structured using the same headings of the 7-page synthesis section of the 2006 Assessment of the conservation status of the leatherback turtle in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia, compiled by Hamann et al. , which has been reproduced in  Appendix 1. Blue-coloured blocks interspersed throughout the document contain text extracted verbatim from the original report, reflecting the situation as it was known in 2006. All of the
other text in this document represents more recent information that has been compiled for this update.

29 April 2015

Congo and the UAE have destroyed their ivory stockpiles. Here's why that's so important

Today, in Dubai and Brazzaville the governments of UAE and the Republic of Congo publically destroyed their ivory stockpiles.

29 April 2015

North-west Indian Ocean Experts meet to Identify Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

At the invitation of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marine experts from 15 Northwest Indian Ocean countries participated in a regional workshop to describe marine areas meeting criteria developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs).

28 April 2015

Vulture culture atop coconut palms sends bird numbers soaring

NAVI MUMBAI: Around 200 km south of Mumbai in the picturesque coastal town of Shrivardhan in Raigad district, a meticulous Vulture Conservation Centre is slowly but surely taking shape atop tall co

27 April 2015

Thai customs seize 511 pieces of elephant ivory destined for Laos

Three-tonne haul, marked as tea leaves from Kenya, is second massive seizure in less than a week of elephant tusks from Africa bound for Laos

27 April 2015

Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums takes action against Japanese member representing aquariums that take dolphins from Taiji hunt

23 April 2015

Thai customs officers seize largest ever haul of elephant ivory worth US$6 million

Thai customs officers display four tonnes of African elephant ivory worth US$6 million that was seized at a Bangkok port in a container labelled as beans, in the kingdom's largest ever haul of its

20 April 2015