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Brazil: Government Creates Amazon Council to Protect Amazon Region

(Feb. 19, 2020) On January 22, 2020, during a meeting of the Council of Government, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of the Amazon Council and an Environmental Task Force to devise plans and actions for protecting, defending, and sustainably developing Brazilian forestry. Bolsonaro explained that the Council would be coordinated by Vice President […]

Brazil: Brazilian President Signs Decree Authorizing Use of Armed Forces in Amazon Region

(Sept. 19, 2019) On August 23, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Decree No. 9,985 (Decreto No. 9,985, de 24 de Agosto de 2019) authorizing the use of the armed forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon forest. Article 1 of Decree No. 9,985 authorizes the use of the armed forces to guarantee […]

United Nations: Ban on Trade in African Grey Parrots

(Oct. 4, 2016) The United Nations has effectively banned trade in the African grey parrot by placing it on a priority list of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The decision came after a two-week meeting on the Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Tanisha Heiberg, Global Trade in Wild African […]

South Africa: Moratorium on Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn Temporarily Re-Instituted

On June 6, 2016, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) effectively, if only temporarily, re-instituted a 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn and products derived from it.   This was due to the DEA appealing to the Constitutional Court a prior Supreme Court of Appeal ruling affirming a 2015 decision of the High Court […]

Sri Lanka: Amnesty for Illegal Holding of Elephants

(Feb. 5, 2015) Sri Lanka recently announced a two-week period of amnesty for those illegally keeping elephants, if they hand the animals over to the government voluntarily. The decision, designed to save the lives of the elephants in question, was announced by Wasantha Senanayake, the Deputy Minister of Tourism. The policy follows a crackdown involving […]

United Nations: Protection for Manta Rays and Sharks in Effect

(Sept. 16, 2014) United Nations-sponsored restrictions on trade in sharks and manta rays became effective on September 14, 2014. Permits and certificates establishing that sustainable, legal methods have been used to harvest five kinds of sharks and all manta rays now are needed for the sale of meat, gills, and fins. The shark species involved […]

Indonesia: Government Planning to Reduce Exports of Shark Fins

(Nov. 5, 2013) According to a November 4, 2013, news report, Indonesia’s government is considering a plan to impose quotas on shark fishing. The goal is to limit the quantity of shark fins exported without overly harming the livelihoods of fishermen. Agus Dermawan, the director for fish conservation in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and […]