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Welcome to this week's news update

Dear TRAFFIC Supporter,

First, a reminder about two hugely significant meetings, both of which will be attended by TRAFFIC. The first is the IUCN World Conservation Congress that takes place next week in Hawaii. A special page on the TRAFFIC website gives a quick overview of who will be in the TRAFFIC delegation and the events they will be directly involved in. If you are attending, do drop by and say hello. 
 
The second is the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): you can read the TRAFFIC Recommendations on the Proposals to amend the CITES Appendices here, while over the coming days we'll be creating a special CITES conference room on the website, where you'll be able to keep up with the important events and news from the meeting as it unfolds next month. 
 
With a busy week behind the scenes getting ready for the above meetings, there was little time for other matters. However, one item that did appear concerned a Resolution to be discussed at the CITES meeting about one of Asia's iconic bird species, the Helmeted Hornbill. This magnificent species, whose voice is evocative of Southeast Asian rainforests, is being targeted for its unique solid bill casque, which is carved as an ivory substitute. Despite apparently adequate national and international protection, a CITES Resolution would help raise awareness of the species's plight, caused by a critical enforcement failure which has left the Helmeted Hornbill on the brink of extinction. 
 
If you have any questions about any of the issues TRAFFIC is engaged with or would like to know more about any aspect of its work, please do get in touch, we'd love to help--either drop Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator, a line Email: richard.thomas@traffic.org Tel: +44 1223 331981 or contact traffic@traffic.org


If you are inspired to support TRAFFIC, similarly do drop a line to carolyn.causton@traffic.org or find out more about how you can help on our website. Thank you for supporting TRAFFIC.

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