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AFTER being around for nearly 30 years, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) itself risks being endangered due to its ineffectiveness in controlling trade in thousands of species, absence of political will and diverging views on deriving benefits from wildlife.
SOME of the world's rarest species are being pushed towards extinction to satisfy the growing demand from specialist collectors for increasingly exotic pets.
The 13th Conference of Parties (CoP13) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species opened in Bangkok last Saturday, with participants all set to deliberate on some 50 proposals to update trade rules. HILARY CHIEW looks into the arguments in support of the listing of several species.
AT THE brink of losing its iconic leatherback turtle to extinction, the Terengganu state government made a much-awaited decision last week - three major nesting sites on Pulau Redang, Terengganu, will be gazetted as turtle sanctuaries.
INDONESIAN environmental watchdog Walhi has filed a suit against the Indonesian Government for failing to protect a Sumatran forest, the destruction of which is said to have caused flash floods which killed some 200 people last November.
Thong De, one of the two Thai poachers caught stealing gaharu at the Endau-Rompin National Park last month, is no ordinary poacher.