June 5 – Demonstrating Intolerance to Illegal Trade of Wild Species

June 5 – Demonstrating Intolerance to Illegal Trade of Wild Species


The World Environment Day is marked on 5 June: the theme for 2016 is the policy of absolute intolerance to illegal trade of wild animal and plant species (Go Wild for Life).

The business in this field in Armenia starts from roads. If you see bouquets of flowers, which are sold along the road, you should know most of them are rare and extinct species. Wild flowers species don’t stay fresh long unlike garden flowers. But their trade is successful, especially in tourist routes. Flowers grow in certain areas and whoever knows the areas, will easily find them.

Armenia trades birds, especially predators, most of them are endemic species or red-listed. Other bird species, for example, wetland, which usually inhabit in the moods, are objects for hunting. It’s quite hard to catch poachers in Armash wetlands, as they are privatized land areas. Hunting of such birds prospers and has international nature. The business on the import of rare animals into Armenia also thrives, including insects and reptiles.

In his statement for World Environment Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges people and governments to “overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations.” 

15:07 June 06, 2016


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