HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Asia's biodiversity vanishing into the marketplace

Unless the wildlife trade can be controlled, Asia will lose much of its unique biodiversity, experts of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said today in Kuala Lumpur at the 7th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-7), convened to address the world's priority conservation issues.

"Asia's wildlife is being sold on a massive scale throughout the region for food, medicines and pets, and populations of many species are declining or facing local extinction," said WCS scientist Dr Melvin Gumal, a participant at COP-7 and Director of WCS's Malaysia Program.

The trade includes everything from small songbirds sold as pets, to reptiles sold on a massive scale for their skins and their meat, to animal parts for medicinal use. Even species once thought of as common are becoming rare as they are being trapped, shot or snared and sent to the marketplace. The result is loss of wildlife across the region.

"In many parts of Asia, it is easier to see animals in the markets than in the forest," said COP-7 delegate Dr Kent Redford, Director of WCS's Conservation Institute and originator of the "empty forest syndrome" concept, used to describe forests after hunters decimate their animal populations. "As animals that perform vital roles in the forest as predators, pollinators and seed dispersers disappear, other species will also go."

In last 40 years, 12 species of large animals have become extinct or virtually extinct in Vietnam due mainly to hunting and wildlife trade. Even protected areas are losing their wildlife. In Sulawesi, the ranges of the anoa (a small species of wild cattle) and babirusa (a member of the pig family) are shrinking because of hunting pressure. In Thailand's Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep National Parks, all tigers, elephants or wild cattle have been hunted out.

Some actions are being taken. Thailand and Lao PDR have both recently conducted major enforcement operations to try t
'"/>

Contact: John Delaney
jdelaney@wcs.org
718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
9-Feb-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Asias bear-sized catfish are disappearing
2. Lions share of the best of Asias progressive minds in science and medicine convene
3. Greatest threat to Asias wildlife is hunting, scientists say
4. Evidence for the impact of climate change on deep-sea biodiversity
5. 8 environmental stewards win $900,000 in biodiversity awards
6. New framework for biodiversity conservation
7. Symposium to tackle questions of genetic engineering and biodiversity
8. Leading scientists design new framework for biodiversity conservation
9. Manipulating biotope space can enhance beneficial biodiversity effects
10. First ever standards linking climate change, biodiversity and poverty seek global peer review
11. The ecological equivalent of Ellis Island: from ancestry to biodiversity

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Asia biodiversity vanishing into the marketplace

(Date:10/22/2014)... Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE ), a ... results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014. ... million, an increase of 40% compared to $4.3 million in ... quarter of 2014 was $4.1 million compared to $1.0 million ... the current three month period was primarily due to: i) ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... suspected genetic conditions, a certain type of exome sequencing ... than traditional molecular diagnostic methods, according to a study ... released to coincide with the American Society of Human ... protein­coding region of the genome (the complete set of ... organism), has been rapidly applied in research settings and ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... is available in German . ... very few drugs. When treating overdoses, doctors are often limited ... difficult if there is a combination of drugs involved. So ... accidentally swallows his grandmother,s pills? ETH professor Jean-Christophe Leroux from ... find an answer to this question. "The task was to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 3Emergency aid for overdoses 2Emergency aid for overdoses 3
(Date:10/20/2014)... Inc. (NASDAQ: GNVC ) today announced the retirement ... of directors effective on October 24, 2014.   Dr. Horovitz joined ... chairman from June 2006 to November 2013.  During his tenure, ... Audit Committees of the board.  "We deeply ... to GenVec, and its stockholders," said Wayne T. Hockmeyer ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Local veterinary surgeon, Dr. Tim McCarthy ... of donor stem cells for dogs with osteoarthritis. Dr. ... has performed clinical stem cell therapy for 7 years. ... if a single injection of donor stem cells into ... pain and inflammation in the treated joints. , ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 19, 2014 The Asia-Pacific Bromine ... in Asia-Pacific with analysis and forecast of revenue. ... Pacific Bromine Market report, to get an idea ... a glimpse of the segmentation in the Asia-Pacific ... and figures. , http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/asia-pacific-bromine-6741503144.html , ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 19, 2014 The Asian Orthopedic braces and ... Asia with analysis and forecast of revenue. The Orthopedic braces ... to around $416.5 million by 2018, at a developing CAGR ... TOC of the Asian Orthopedic braces and support systems market, ... also provides a glimpse of the segmentation of orthopedic braces ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Zola P. Horovitz To Retire From GenVec Board 2Cascade Veterinary Referral Center Seeks Candidates for an Investigational Study of Stem Cells for Dogs with Arthritis 2The Asia-Pacific Bromine Market is estimated to grow to $4,080.1 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asia-Pacific Bromine Market is estimated to grow to $4,080.1 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Orthopedic braces and support systems market is estimated to grow to around $416.5 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Orthopedic braces and support systems market is estimated to grow to around $416.5 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Orthopedic braces and support systems market is estimated to grow to around $416.5 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 4
Cached News: