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How Namibia is outsmarting illegal wildlife traders

Namibia is making progress in combating wildlife crime by using an array of strategic weapons and strategies that are bearing fruit. Strategies include collaboration between various government agencies, donor funding, increased legal penalties, no bail for foreign nationals, educating legal professionals via workshops, collaboration with neighbouring countries, involving rural community members as wildlife custodians and cash rewards for information leading to arrests. Read more: Conservation Namibia

China upgrades native pangolin protection to panda level

China has ordered its highest level of protection for pangolins as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic. The order comes from the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some Chinese and its scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Other animals protected at China’s highest level include giant pandas, Tibetan antelopes and red-crowned cranes. It is unclear whether this ruling will impact on the widespread illegal trade in African pangolin species. Read more: Traffic

China’s changing wildlife policies

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have seen some important changes in China’s wildlife trade rules – a succession of policy changes or revisions, with implications set to far outlast the current crisis. Although some represent significant new restrictions on commercial wildlife trade, much trade in threatened wildlife appears to continue unaffected. Read more: Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime

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