CITES Part 2: Protected?

The members of the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meet every 3 to 4 years. The implementations of the convention are reviewed and possible amendments are decided. Representatives of non-member governments, NGOs involved in conservation and trade, and members of the public may also participate (without the right to vote). GMFER participated in the 19th Conference of the Parties, 14-25 November 2022 in Panama City.

CITES Part 1: Extinct.

“The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on Earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the Earth.”

Source: David Attenborough from the documentary series, Life On Earth.

Indigenous opposition makes Knik Arm Services exit Arctic

Gwich’in people of northern Alaska and environmental groups have been successful with making Knik Arm Services cancel its oil and gas lease in America’s largest wildlife reserve, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Source: Mongabay

Excessive human activities result in two gibbon species becoming extinct in China

According to a group of researchers in China, two gibbon species have been declared extinct in the wild.

Source: ABC News

Chennai – a heaven for exotic animal trafficking

Thai Airways midnight daily landing in Chennai is reported to provide ideal cover for trafficking exotic wildlife species such as leopard cubs, marmosets, snakes, iguanas. Chennai airport accounts for 36.1% of all wildlife seizers in Indian airports during the last decade.

Source: The News Minute

Tracing 2,100 missing species before they go extinct

Species detectives are on a mission to track down over 2,100 species that have reportedly gone mission.

Source: The Conversation

Did you ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a trophy hunter?

GMFER shares an insightful research finding of what drives trophy hunters to engage in trophy hunting, paying large sums of money.

Source: The Conversation

California to minimize climate change by banning the sale of petrol only vehicles by 2035

The most populous state in the US, California marks a historic moment by imposing a rule that will speed up introducing cleaner vehicles to the market.

Source: BBC

US Government to face lawsuit against dredging and expanding Puerto Rico’s biggest bay

The Center for Biological Diversity files lawsuit against US government, accusing it of dredging and expanding the biggest bay in Puerto Rico to accommodate a liquid natural gas terminal.

Source: AP News

Digital solutions adapted by Australian conservation organizations emerge as efficient and cost effective

Australian bushfires of 2019 and 2020 were devastating and imposed a severe threat to the country’s dwindling numbers of koalas and other wildlife. Conservation Al Hub’s adaptation of digital technology to train the communities to track difficult to spot koalas curled, high up on trees.

Source: Mongabay News

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