The Rakyat Post recently reported that "wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic announced a dramatic decline in the illegal marine turtle trade in Beihai, China, which had previously been identified by the organization as a hotspot for the activity."
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our reinvestment in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, Traffic International is reducing the volume of wildlife smuggling at four key crossing points along China's international borders with Myanmar, Lao PDR and Vietnam by sharing wildlife trade information, piloting wildlife detector dogs, delivering targeted inter-agency training and supporting inter-agency enforcement actions.
Traffic is also strengthening trans-boundary collaboration between China and its neighbors, and reducing demand for wildlife products through awareness-raising and social marketing.
Learn more about Traffic's recent victory.
Established in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and influence the conservation of some of the world's most critical ecosystems. CEPF is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. CEPF is unique among funding mechanisms in that it focuses on high-priority biological areas rather than political boundaries and examines conservation threats on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF seeks to identify and support a regional, rather than a national, approach to achieving conservation outcomes and engages a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated regional efforts.