Welcome to this week's news update
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Back to the news this week, and in the aftermath of the killing of Vince, the young rhino in a Paris zoo, a number of other zoos in the region are taking the drastic step of removing their rhinos' horns as a means of deterring poachers.
Although we await developments to see if the Paris case was an isolated one, it seems like a sound precautionary move by these establishments, although secure storage or transparent disposal of the removed horns will need to be addressed, while it is a sad refection of the dire situation currently facing rhinos and the lengths to which some people will go to get their hands on rhino horn.
Also this week, there was positive feedback on a meeting to assess the operation of AFRICA-TWIX (Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) after its first year of operation. There are already around 100 active users from enforcement agencies across the four Central African countries where the secure information sharing system is being trialed, while four investigations have been triggered as a result.
Finally, the week ended on a hugely positive note (and a highly appropriate one as the Cambridge office looks forward to celebrating #EarthOptimism later this month - more on that later). A TRAFFIC-facilitated workshop helped Vietnamese government agencies and the business sector - including pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and wild plant processors - work together to integrate sustainable wild medicinal plant collection practices into the certification requirements for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) guidelines. It was another important step in our efforts to promote sustainable, legal wildlife trade.
Next week, we look forward to celebrating International Day of Forests, on 21st. Keep an eye out for some timber-related updates.
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