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Lifestyle 12 Oct 2004 | 12:00 AM

Shackled by red tape

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.

Lifestyle 05 Oct 2004 | 12:00 AM

New lease of life

Herculean protection efforts have pulled several iconic species from the brink of extinction, writes MICHAEL MATHES.

Lifestyle 05 Oct 2004 | 12:00 AM

To curb a voracious appetite

SOME of the world's rarest species are being pushed towards extinction to satisfy the growing demand from specialist collectors for increasingly exotic pets.

Lifestyle 05 Oct 2004 | 12:00 AM

Species to save

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.

Lifestyle 07 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Saving Redang’s green turtles

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.

Lifestyle 17 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Killer in the flash

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.

AseanPlus News 15 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

‘Cremated’ orangutans found alive

Police have found dozens of rare orangutans that a scandal-hit private zoo claimed had been cremated after dying from pneumonia, according to reports yesterday.

Nation 10 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Thai-linked syndicate poaching our precious wood

The discovery of Thais with illegally collected I>gaharu /I>in the Endau-Rompin National Park last month has revealed the presence of a syndicate with connection to Thailand.

Lifestyle 10 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

The Thai link in poaching

Thong De, one of the two Thai poachers caught stealing gaharu at the Endau-Rompin National Park last month, is no ordinary poacher.

Lifestyle 10 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

The stench of greed

The core of some I>Aquilaria/Itrees bears fragrant heartwood that is used in perfumes and incense. The wood is so highly prized that poachers are willing to risk arrest to poach the valuable material from Malaysian forests. Hilary Chiew has the special report.