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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentMarch 3rd Is World Wildlife Day-METI and the MOE to Disseminate Information on and Hold an Event with Exhibitions and Displays on Rules concerning the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) are to disseminate information on and hold an event with a panel exhibition on rules concerning the trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora on the first floor of METI’s main building around March 3, 2016, which is World Wildlife Day.
Following the 2015 event, METI and the MOE are to explain rules concerning trade and are to display goods banned at the entry by Japan Customs, under the theme “Appropriate trade will protect nature.” We invite everyone to come and see the exhibition.

1. Purpose

In December 2013, the United Nations (UN) designated March 3rd as World Wildlife Day in order to strengthen efforts made for protecting wild fauna and flora that are important not only in terms of environmental conservation but also in terms of the economy and culture.

2016 marks the third annual celebration of World Wildlife Day. The 2016 theme for World Wildlife Day is “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” In particular, the UN is to focus on African and Asian elephants, additionally proclaiming “The future of elephants is in our hands,” as the sub-theme for this Day.

The theme of WWD is a call to all citizens around the world to play a role in protecting the amazing wild animals and plants who share the planet with us. Habitat loss, climate change, and poaching are among the most alarming challenges faced by wildlife today. In particular, poaching and trafficking of ivory are now the most serious immediate threats to African elephants.

METI, in cooperation with the MOE, Japan Customs, and NGOs, is to also raise public awareness in 2016 so that the trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, in particular electronic commerce, will be conducted appropriately, following METI’s efforts made in 2015. Also, METI hereby announces its cooperation with four telecommunications associations.

2. Outline of the event

Dates:
From 12:30, February 23 (Tue.) to 15:00, March 4 (Fri.), 2016
(Exhibition hours are from 8:00 to 21:00.)
Explanation from the organizers: 12:30-13:00, February 23 (Tue.), 2016
Venue:
First floor of METI’s main building (Space for information dissemination on the side facing the MOF (Ministry of Finance) building)
Organizers:
Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
Consumer and Recreational Goods Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
Wildlife Division, Nature Conservation Bureau, MOE
Cooperating entities: Tokyo Customs, Traffic East Asia-Japan 2010 (NGO), Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA), Telecom Services Association (TELESA or GMO), Japan Internet Providers Association (JAIPA), and Japan Cable and Telecommunications Association (JCTA)
Details of exhibitions and displays:
  • Panel displays to explain systems and actual samples of goods for which imports and exports have been suspended by Tokyo Customs
  • Panel displays to introduce efforts made in cooperation with the TCA
  • Videos and panel displays to introduce efforts made by TELESA (NGO)

Release date

February 16, 2016

Division in charge

Office of Trade Licensing for Wild Animal and Plants, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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