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In spite of strong and calculated opposition against pro-conservation proposals, conservationists are generally satisfied that a recently concluded international agreement regulating trade in endangered species remains committed to its underlying mission. HILLARY CHIEW reports from The 13th Conference of the Parties (CoP13) in Bangkok.
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.
The international trade in agarwood involves wood, wood chips, powder, oil and finished products such as perfumes, incense and medicines.
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.
Thong De, one of the two Thai poachers caught stealing gaharu at the Endau-Rompin National Park last month, is no ordinary poacher.
A former agarwood poacher, who now farms for a living, shares his tale with HILARY CHIEW.