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Lifestyle 19 Oct 2004 | 12:00 AM

Regulating trade to safeguard species

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.

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.

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

High volume of trade in agarwood

The international trade in agarwood involves wood, wood chips, powder, oil and finished products such as perfumes, incense and medicines.

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.

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

From poacher to farmer

A former agarwood poacher, who now farms for a living, shares his tale with HILARY CHIEW.

Lifestyle 30 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

New scents for the body

THE latest beauty products on the shelves.