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Using poisoned-baits to kill predators deemed a threat to livestock and crops continues in the EU despite being banned by the Nature Directives. To stop this practice, SEO/BirdLife (Birdife Europe’s partner in Spain) developed the manual Illegal use of poisoned-baits: Legal analysis and investigation . The manual has now been translated into English under the framework of the project to

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Wildlife trafficking (defined as the illegal cross-border trade in biological resources taken from the wild, including trade in timber and marine species) is not a new phenomenon, but its scale, nature and impacts have changed considerably in recent years. Poaching has reached unprecedented levels for some species, and the world is currently facing a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking. On 7

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via BBC A court in northern Myanmar has sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison for illegal logging. The group were arrested in January in Kachin state, close to the Chinese border, during a military operation to crack down on illegal logging. Two 17-year-old boys were also given 10-year jail terms, and a woman in the group was given

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[EC.Europa.EU]. Environmental crime covers acts that breach environmental legislation and cause significant harm or risk to the environment and human health. The most known areas of environmental crime are the illegal emission or discharge of substances into air, water or soil, the illegal trade in wildlife, illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances and the illegal shipment or dumping of waste. Environmental

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David de la Bodega Zugasti. SEO/BirdLife Use of poisoned bait in the countryside is one of the main threats to biodiversity in Spain. Poison is used to kill animals considered to be harmful to certain activities, mainly hunting, livestock farming and agriculture. It affects pets like dogs and cats and is also used for settling feuds between private individuals, as

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Despite legal protection, offences against wild birds continue and every year the RSPB receives over 500 reports of wild bird crime, with many more incidents reported to the police and other agencies. The RSPB’s Investigations Section’s main role is to support the statutory authorities by providing advice, expert witness and investigative help on wild bird crime. It works closely with the

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[Contents by EFFACE] The Spanish legislator has resorted to using criminal law to protect the environment, following the path settled by European Union through its Directive 2008/99/EC of 19 November 2008 on the protection of the environment through criminal law. The problems arising from its implementation in Spain serve to analyse the Spanish penal system and its ancillary relation with the

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Malawi is hosting a three-day long Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Organisation (SARPCO) meeting on environmental crimes investigations in the capital Lilongwe.The meeting, which began on Wednesday and runs until Friday, has been organized to share experiences, ideas, best practices and reinforce a collective approach to organized crimes in respective countries and the region as a whole. Original source: http://en.starafrica.com/news/malawi-hosts-regional-meeting-on-combating-environmental-crime.html

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  By Willem van den Bossche, European Nature Conservation Officer at BirdLife Europe. 27 BirdLife Partners in the Mediterranean region, plus Georgia, are undertaking for the very first time, a much needed scientific review. Early results show that at least 10 million birds are illegally killed and taken in the Mediterranean region each year, including many threatened or declining species.  They

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As of 7 November 2014, maximum penalties significantly increased for a range of offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act). For some offences, this has resulted in more than a 300% increase in the maximum penalty. For instance, where the maximum penalty for a wilful contravention of a condition of an environmental authority was previously $1,138,500, it