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:


(Date:1/31/2017)... , Jan. 31, 2017  Spero Therapeutics, LLC, ... for the treatment of bacterial infections, today announced ... antibacterial candidates from Pro Bono Bio Ltd (PBB) ... of multi-drug resistant forms of Gram-negative bacteria.   The ... Infectives Ltd, a PBB group company. ...
(Date:1/25/2017)... Jan. 25, 2017 The Elements of Enterprise ... lifecycle is comprised of a comprehensive set of ... of maintaining digital identities and providing a secured ... There are significant number of programs opted by ... time by optimizing processes and changing policies. However, ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... voice recognition biometrics market to grow at a CAGR of 19.36% ... present scenario and the growth prospects of the global voice recognition ... considers the revenue generated from the sales of voice recognition biometrics ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... , ... February 27, 2017 , ... The Catalyst ... a few in the Midwest offering premix services and private label organic services. , ... laying hens, according Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... be safely completed in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) with satisfactory clinical and ... previous two-year TDR studies. , Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed, commented on ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... Tenn. , Feb. 24, 2017 ... ("Provectus" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage oncology and ... regarding the deadline to participate in its previously ... units, consisting of shares of common stock and ... and holders of listed warrants. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 24, 2017  Driven by consumers, preference towards ... the fastest growing categories, finds the recently published ... Personal Care: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities ... firm Kline. "Biotechnology actives are derived ... more effective for skin and hair care applications," ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: