Navigation Links
A bitter pill to swallow
Date:7/1/2008

Washington, D.C. Two reports from TRAFFIC, the world's largest wildlife trade monitoring network, on traditional medicine systems in Cambodia and Vietnam suggest that illegal wildlife trade, including entire tiger skeletons, and unsustainable harvesting is depleting the region's rich and varied biodiversity and putting the primary healthcare resource of millions at risk.

The results of field studies carried out between 2005 and 2007 found a significant number of Cambodians and Vietnamese rely on traditional medicine. Relaxation of international trade barriers, the impact of free market economies and complex national government policies have led to an increase in the demand and supply for flora and fauna used in traditional medicine. The growing illegal wildlife trade in the region is fuelled by the difficulty of sourcing prescribed ingredients, including parts, from globally threatened species.

"The supply of many wild animals and plants for medicine in Cambodia and Vietnam is becoming scarce due to overexploitation," said Crawford Allan, TRAFFIC's director in North America. "Some of the trade is illegal and threatening endangered species. In Vietnam, we estimate between 5-10 tiger skeletons are sold annually to be used in traditional medicine. With each skeleton fetching approximately $20,000, there is a strong incentive to poach and trade tigers that we must address from the grassroots up."

"An overview of the use and trade of plants and animals in traditional medicine systems in Cambodia" examined the use of wildlife products in Traditional Khmer Medicine and its possible impacts. Over 800 types of plantsapproximately 35 percent of the country's native speciesare used in Traditional Khmer Medicine. Eight of those plants species are considered high priority for national conservation.

"An overview of the use of plants and animals in traditional medicine systems in Vietnam", presents the findings of traditional medicine market surveys conducted in north and south Vietnam where more than 3,900 species of flora and 400 species of fauna are used in traditional remedies. Seventy-one of the animals traded and used for medicinal purposes in Vietnam are listed on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened species.

"Traditional medicine systems in Cambodia and Vietnam are important components of both national healthcare systems, and are often the only means of healthcare for rural communities," said Dekila Chungyalpa, manager of the Mekong Ecoregion Program at WWF-US. "Understanding which animal and plant species and products are used and traded, and their underlying trade mechanisms, can provide a useful tool to assess the sustainability of such trade, and provide an 'early warning' for species that are threatened."

TRAFFIC, a joint program of WWF and IUCN, recommends further research, increased public awareness, action to increase information sharing among the numerous agencies, and the involvement of institutions and organizations in the harvest, trade and use of traditional medicine.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sarah Janicke
sarah.janicke@wwfus.org
202-778-9685
World Wildlife Fund
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Bitter orange SRMs: Tools for product analysis/quality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/30/2016)... Nov. 30, 2016  higi SH llc (higi) ... initiative targeting national brands, industry thought-leaders and celebrity ... respective audiences for taking steps to live healthier, ... in 2012, higi has built the largest self-screening ... 38 million people who have conducted over 185 ...
(Date:11/29/2016)... , Nov. 29, 2016   Neurotechnology ... and object recognition technologies, today released FingerCell ... fingerprint recognition solutions that run on low-power, ... template using less than 128KB of memory, ... devices that have limited on-board resources, such ...
(Date:11/28/2016)... -- "The biometric system market projected ... biometric system market is in the growth stage and ... The biometric system market is expected to be valued ... of 16.79% between 2016 and 2022. Government initiative in ... smartphones, rising use of biometric technology in financial institutes ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... There’s a ... for 2016 by the Orange County Register, after winning the award last year as ... a sought-after employer. President and COO Daniel Vesely pointed to the tech company’s upbeat ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... 9, 2016  A platform of orthopedic device technologies ... one step closer to becoming viable options for ... Inc., a start-up company from Philadelphia, ... for these novel absorbable bone fixation and regenerative ... commercial use. The company has leased space within ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- The Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Life ... only pure life sciences investment firm, today announced ... plan developed by the Nominating and Governance Committee over ... F. Jordan is selected to serve as President ... , who is elected to the position of Executive ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... fan engagement platforms, the business of innovation is taking over sports. On Thursday, ... executive will explore how technology is disrupting the playing field at a Smart ...
Breaking Biology Technology: