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COVID-19: The death blow to wildlife trafficking?

In a statement by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the current emergence and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as well as SARS, MERS and other similar virus outbreaks in recent history, underscores the need to take urgent action and raise awareness of the potential threats to human health posed by the illegal and unregulated trade in wildlife. The WWF welcomed the Chinese government's decision to temporarily ban the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants and online

9 March 2020
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Wildlife cybercrime on the rise in ASEAN

With social media already playing a major role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.Long known as a hub for wildlife trafficking, Southeast Asia’s unsavoury reputation has been enhanced by social media – with numerous cases of buyers and sellers conducting deals while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.The region’s high mobile penetration rate offers buyers easy access to

25 February 2020
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Why are Malaysia’s sea turtles disappearing?

Malaysia is home to important habitats for marine turtles such as nesting beaches for the laying of eggs and coral reefs and seagrass beds as their feeding grounds. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia, the country hosts four out of the seven species of marine turtles found in the world, which are the green, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback. Marine turtles are vital for ocean ecosystems.

9 February 2020
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Indigenous groups battle with climate change

There were many topics discussed during the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting at Davos last week. Not surprisingly, climate change and the reduction of carbon emissions took centre stage, with the likes of Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg calling for a zero-carbon footprint. Speaking on a panel with Thunberg was Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad.

3 February 2020
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ASEAN’s illegal wildlife trade goes online

With social media already playing a role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.Long known as a hub for wildlife trafficking, Southeast Asia’s unsavoury reputation has been enhanced by social media – with numerous cases of buyers and sellers conducting deals while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.The region’s high mobile penetration rate offers buyers easy access to black

11 March 2019
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Made in Vietnam: Sustainable textiles and apparels

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam is collaborating to transform the country’s bourgeoning textile and apparel industry more sustainable. The project was launched this month and will be carried out from 2018 to 2020.

9 November 2018
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The plight of Asia’s Black Spotted turtles

In a world that is fast moving towards urbanisation, environmental considerations are often pushed aside. The rapid pace at which buildings and other structures are constructed is impressive but a blatant disregard of the ecosystem at the expense of development must be done away with. Flora and fauna often fall victim to massive modernisation projects with more animals on the endangered list now than ever before.

2 June 2018
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Coral Triangle at risk

The Coral Triangle, a marine region stretching across Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste, is endangered by extensive human activities. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), this marine region encompasses portions of two biogeographic regions: the Indonesian-Philippines Region, and the Far Southwestern Pacific Region, endowing it with the world’s richest marine biodiversity.

9 May 2018
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