Ocean Conference shines light on illegal trade: CITES chief

The illegal trade in marine species is one of the major issues that needs to be under the spotlight at the UN Ocean Conference this week.

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“We’ve got to stop these guys” UN wildlife chief slams rosewood trade

“We’ve got to stop” the criminals who have turned endangered rosewood into the world’s most trafficked wild product.

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“Days of high profit and low risk from wildlife crime are over”

A surge in wildlife crime is being met with unprecedented efforts by the international community to combat it, a leading UN expert said Monday.

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Illegal trade in wildlife, timber products funding criminals, armed groups – joint UN report

Global environmental crime, possibly worth more than $200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new joint United Nations-INTERPOL report.

Noisier oceans threaten whales and dolphins, experts warn at UN gathering

Increased noises generated by larger numbers of ships, seismic surveys and use of new military sonars are imperiling creatures such as whales and dolphins, who use sound to communicate and find food, experts said today at a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gathering in Rome.

World’s fastest animal, in race for survival, to get added UN-backed protection

The critically endangered cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is set to obtain added international protection next week at a United Nations-backed conference seeking to strengthen conservation of species that often cross national borders.

International wildlife trade to be reviewed with UN help

The trade in elephants, rhinos, tigers and mahogany will all be the focus of this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, whose secretariat is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UN-backed body to discuss new measures to protect endangered species

A fish and a small primate whose survival is threatened by their use in traditional medicine, pink coral, rosewood and the perennial issue of whether there should be any easing of the ban on ivory are high on the agenda of this year’s meeting of the United Nations-backed body overseeing trade in endangered species.

UN environmental agency teams up with key European travel group to save dolphins

With 2007 declared the “Year of the Dolphin,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with TUI, Europe’s leading travel group, to launch a major public awareness campaign on various threats to the marine mammal’s survival such as entanglement in fishing nets and the degradation of their habitats.

Sharks get make-over in UN-backed 3-D film

It may not exactly be man’s best friend, but the shark will have its image burnished in a United Nations-backed film that offers an astonishing, up-close three-dimensional encounter with nature’s ultimate, yet endangered predator while delivering a compelling conservation message.