Traffic: Hong Kong poised for critical ivory market debate

 

 

Hong Kong, 23rd March 2017—Continuation of Hong Kong’s 150-year-old ivory trade hangs in the balance as the Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs meets next Monday, 27th March, to consider a bill to phase out local ivory trade in the city. The proposed ban will require a legislative amendment in conjunction with a proposal to raise maximum penalties for wildlife crimes.

 



Discussions during the Panel meeting will be a critical barometer on the level of support from legislators for an ivory ban in the Special Administrative Region of China, as the move precedes submission of an amendment bill to the full Legislative Council in June 2017 for consideration before enactment.

 



“It is crucial that the Hong Kong SAR Government’s proposed ivory ban gains the support of legislators on the Panel next week,” said Dr Yannick Kuehl, TRAFFIC's Regional Director for East and South Asia.

 



“Hong Kong’s ivory trade is intrinsically linked with mainland China, which has decisively moved to phase-out ivory trade by the end of the year—Hong Kong must not fall behind. Parity in policy with mainland China is crucial if the full impact of curbing ivory trafficking is to be realised.”

 



Last year, the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed that “all Parties and non-Parties in whose jurisdiction there is a legal domestic market for ivory that is contributing to poaching or illegal trade, [should] take all necessary legislative, regulatory, and enforcement measures to close their domestic markets for commercial trade in raw and worked ivory as a matter of urgency.”

 

Read more...

Go back

CBFP News

FSC: Looking back to the FSC General Assembly 2017

 The sustainable development goals (SDO) offer businesses a unique opportunity to engage with making a positive change for people and the planet in a clear and structured way. But what are the business aspects of the objectives? And why FSC should play a role in achieving them? Please click here for more information.

Read more …

EU: The Congo Basin: Toward pooling efforts in the fight against the illegal timber trade and illegal logging

In mid-November 2017, the city of Yaoundé hosted a regional conference on illegal logging. The event was supported by the European Union, in the framework of the "Citizens’ Voice for Change: Forest observation in the Congo Basin” Project, an independent forestry observation initiative. It was thus the first gathering of law enforcement authorities and non-State actors to create synergy in actions to tackle illegal activities hampering development in the sector.

Read more …

Launch of ECOFAC6 Program (Cameroon component) and RIOFAC project

On 25 October, a meeting to launch the Cameroon component of the ECOFAC6 Program took place alongside the 17th meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership in Douala. This component which will take up 10 billion CFA francs (12.5 million Euros) of the 40 billion earmarked for Central Africa, aims to step up protection of forest ecosystems notably by providing assistance to the Dja and Faro parks, and the Observatory of Central African Forests". For more information on the OFAC support project.

 

Read more …

R20 Regions of Climate Action: An opportunity to develop the green economy in Central Africa

During the 17th Meeting of the Parties to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) held in Douala, Cameroon from 24 to 27 October 2017, the R20 regions of Climate Action marked its arrival in the Congo Basin by hosting a side event on 25 October 2017 entitled “R20 regions of Climate Action”: An opportunity to develop the green economy in Central Africa

Read more …

9th edition of International Seminar of Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa (SEEAC), Brazzaville, 07 to 08 December 2017

The 9th edition of the SEEAC seminar and the 4th edition of the UNESCO-CNEE-SEEAC regional training course will take place in Congo Brazzaville from 07 to 08 December 2017. The seminar aims to recall the role of environmental assessment in the implementation of the national climate programs which are also known as the NDCs, and thus make them important bridges towards sustainable development.

Read more …

FAO presents advances in participatory forestry in Central Africa achieved by three projects funded by Global Environment Fund and remaining issues.

In line with the international commitments and policies of Central African States relating to biodiversity conservation and food and nutritional security of people who depend on forest products for their livelihoods, a few Central African countries are taking part in pilot tests aimed at demonstrating the likelihood of participatory management being a viable option towards preserving the functioning, integrity and biodiversity of forest ecosystems in the Congo Basin.

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Monthly update Octobre 2017

This last month, about 100 fishermen along the Sangha River received training by the Park Management Unit on the construction and use of Chorkor ovens, promoting a fish-smoking technique that maximizes its conservation and helps reducing of harvest rates on fishery resources.

Read more …

COP23: Italy and UN Launch Fellowship Programme for Climate Vulnerable Countries

UN Climate Change News, Bonn, Nov 16 – The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a new Fellowship Programme aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2017

Thegef: GEF-7 Replenishment
SEP2D web site launch
GCF: Mainstreaming gender
REFADD prepares for COP 23
CBFP Flash News July 2017
unep: Annual Report 2016
MEFDDE Newsletter, May 2017
greenclimate.fund : Careers
IUCN: Annual report 2016
Infosylva 09/2017
Sixth SGTAPFS meeting
EU Forest Watch April 2017
What is World Water Day?
GCF- Get accredited
IAF and the 2030 Agenda