Hong Kong’s illustrious mercantile history has a dark underbelly – the city’s role as a global hub for illegal trafficking of wildlife and animal products. HK Tatler meets the activists fighting to stop this cruel multibillion-dollar trade.
The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility aims to source projects that transform lives and environments, and to securitise the project loans into bonds that will be sold to investors through the MTN markets. It all starts with a rubber plantation in Sumatra.
As luxury consumer markets in wildlife grow, many of the desired species targeted are declining, with some at elevated risk of local or even global extinction unless their trade networks are controlled and the necessary laws and regulations established and enforced. Application of the precautionary principle is strongly called for. The well-documented international trade in shark fins for high-end seafood consumption, selected as an illustrative case study, is no exception.
Published by: Voice of America on September 4, 2018
Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said Tuesday.
Rising population, incomes and urbanization will drive a 78 percent increase in meat and seafood demand from 2017 to 2050, according to a report by Asia Research and Engagement Pte Ltd., a Singapore-based consultancy firm.
A land area the size of India will be needed for additional food production, according to the report, while water use will climb from 577 billion cubic meters per year to 1,054 billion cubic meters per year.