Illegal wildlife trade in the Himalayan region of China

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Li, Y. et al. 2000. Illegal wildlife trade in the Himalayan region of China. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 901–918.

Title: Illegal wildlife trade in the Himalayan region of China
Author: Li, Y.; Gao, Z.; Li, X.; Wang, S.; Niemelä, J.
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Date: 2000
Language: en
Number of pages: 95512 bytes
ISSN: 1572-9710
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1975/218
Abstract: The Himalayan region of China, with its rich biodiversity, used to be important for hunting and collecting of medicinal plants. In the past decades, conservation attitudes and legislation for wildlife conservation have developed rapidly in China. Increasing numbers of species are listed in the state protection list and local protection lists. In the Himalayan region, the area of natural reserves is high accounting for 70% of total area of natural reserves in China. However, wildlife in Himalayan region is suffering from illegal hunting and trade even after China has enforced the China Wildlife Protection Law (CWPL). The illegal wildlife trade and smuggling across Sino-neighbouring country borders and illegal wildlife trade related to domestic use flourish in the region. Although domestic illegal trade has declined in the past ten years, international illegal trade and smuggling continue, and are even expanding, thereby threatening survival of many endangered species such as the Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsoni), Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug). Illegal wildlife trade in the region is attributed to four factors. First, the CWPL is still imperfect, especially concerning illegal trade and smuggling across borders. Second, CWPL is not fully enforced. Third, infrastructure in many nature reserves is undeveloped and human resources are lacking. Fourth, protection is hampered by differences in the laws of neighbouring countries, differences in penalties and in degrees of protection. Furthermore, national legislation is often not fully enforced in areas that are inhabited mainly by tribal and minority communities.
Subject: biodiversity
CITES
Giant panda
legislation
illegal wildlife trade
Saker
Falcon
Himalayan region


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