Welcome to this week's news update

Dear TRAFFIC supporter,

This week's news items partly reflect TRAFFIC's multi-faceted approach to tackling willdife crime and the global poaching crisis.

Enforcement support in India was given a boost this week following the passing out parade for 14 sniffer dogs and their 28 handlers, trained under a programme conducted by TRAFFIC, and who will now enter active service.

Later in the week, TRAFFIC was also among a panel of experts calling upon the European Union to recognise in their action plans and strategies to address poaching the vital role of local communities as powerful and positive partners in combating wildlife crime.

At the market end of the trade chain, TRAFFIC's ongoing collaborations to bring about consumer behaviour change and reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products was spotlighted in an article about our recent engagement with the Central Committee of Communications and Education (CCCE) in Viet Nam on this issue.

Finally, the impacts of wildlife crime were highlighted through the staggering seizure of close to 4,000 Palawan Forest Turtles in the Philippines. The recent discovery of a sizeable population of this protected species spurred a 'collecting frenzy' to supply domestic and international markets, showing just how quickly fortunes can change for wildlife animals and plants and how we must strive to keep one step ahead of the criminals.

We are supporting global efforts to stop willdife crime and protect threatened species and places around the world and we need your help to support this vital work. Please donate to TRAFFIC today

If you shop online in the UK, you can help TRAFFIC by shopping through Give as You Live. It’s no different to shopping online normally, it's just as secure and your shopping won't cost you a penny more. The only difference is that TRAFFIC will receive a small donation every time you shop through this link. Sign up is quick and easy, and it’s a cost free way of supporting TRAFFIC.

Thank you. Your support is really important to vulnerable animals and plants around the world.

Don't forget the latest edition of the TRAFFIC Bulletin was launched recently - if you aren't a subscriber already and would like to find out more, please take a look at past issues and sign up - for free - here: www.traffic.org/bulletin.

Finally, any bright ideas on how to solve the poaching crisis? I'm sure many of you must have some really creative solutions for using technology to bring down the criminal networks who are profiting from destoying the world's biodiversity. And your idea could be worth up to $500k if you submit it to the USAID-funded Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. The concept note deadline is 30th June 2015. To find out more about this initiative, of which TRAFFIC is a partner, please visit: http://wildlifecrimetech.org/index We look forward to hearing from you!

Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator, TRAFFIC. Email: richard.thomas@traffic.org Tel: +44 1223 651782.

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TRAFFIC is grateful for the financial contribution from the Forestry Bureau of the Council of Agriculture, Taiwan, towards communications and publications, including this newsletter


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