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Extinction: The Vulgarity Of Desire

By |2019-08-19T15:49:03+10:00August 12th, 2019|Blog|

While much of 2019 has been dedicated to the research and works on the need for CITES modernisation project, with just 2 days to go before heading to CITES CoP18, I would like to update our supporters on another Nature Needs More project. In October 2018, I introduced Rhinoceros: Luxury’s Fragile Frontier, a collaboration of academics, conservationists, artists and business to present a symposium and exhibition highlighting the need to tackle the destructive pseudo-luxury market. This unrestrained luxury consumption is not only impacting the worlds endangered species but also its unique history, as a growing consumer class desire luxury travel experiences;  for example, Venice is said by many  to be a city being "consumed to death”. [...]

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I Am A Cathedral Campaign

By |2019-07-28T11:25:04+10:00July 27th, 2019|Blog|

In April 2019, tragically a fire broke out gutting the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As people locally and internationally watched in sadness at this grand old lady's demise, within hours and days of the event pledges to support the rebuilt were flooding in.  Just three of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates – Kering, LVMH and L’Oréal – pledged a combined €500 million to the rebuilding of the cathedral. Whilst in no way criticising the pledge to support Notre Dame, Nature Needs More has to ask, if these three luxury conglomerates alone can pledge a combined €500 million in a matter of days, why haven’t they pledged the €35.6 million (US$40million) to roll out [...]

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Three Steps to Modernise CITES

By |2019-07-23T12:00:30+10:00July 17th, 2019|Blog|

In September 2018, Nature Needs More Ltd and For the Love of Wildlife Ltd wrote to the Acting CITES Secretary-General outlining why we felt that the modernisation of the CITES permit and trade monitoring system was long overdue. This letter, published in the September 2018 blog Ensuring CITES is Relevant and Effective requests that the reverse listing system (first proposed by the Australian Government in 1981 at CoP3) is revisited. At the time it wasn’t adopted because, at 700, there were considered too few species listed; it is now 36,000. So the CITES system was left to expand and to grow unrestrained, to the point where there are too many species, not enough control and too few resources. Everything the [...]

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CITES Signatories, Time To Show Leadership, Before It’s Too Late

By |2019-07-23T08:05:32+10:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog|

In 2014 I realised I was incredibly naïve, which came as a shock. After all I have spent 20 years coaching executives from some the most hated sectors including banking, petrochemical and government. I thought I had seen all aspects of both stupid and ruthless behaviour, but I was wrong. The source of my naivety was realising that while everyone wanted to stop rhino poaching, not everyone wanted to collapse the demand for rhino horn; these are two very different things. In addition, there are some people who have demonstrated that if the price of stopping the poaching is to fully collapse the desire for rhino horn, then they prefer to live with some (significant) level of rhino poaching activity. [...]

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Rural Poverty, Pro-Trade and Bullshit

By |2019-02-22T06:49:50+10:00January 30th, 2019|Blog|

As many of Nature Needs More’s supporters know, we are concerned about the systemic flaws in the CITES trade permit and monitoring system and, together with For the Love of Wildlife we have suggested a reverse-listing and legal trade levy solution to fix these longstanding flaws and provide the necessary level of resourcing to ensure the system is fit for purpose.   But while we work for the CITES system to be fixed, other groups push for loosening of trade restrictions in animal body parts. As they continue their lobbying to further liberalise trade, in recent times they have moved towards using the plight of impoverished communities that border key wildlife populations. I would like to explore this latest ‘argument’ [...]

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CITES – The Trade System That Doesn’t Know What It Doesn’t Know

By |2019-01-07T12:47:09+10:00January 7th, 2019|Blog|

While Nature Needs More would prefer that the natural world was protected by the precautionary principle and a conservation-based convention, the reality is that CITES is a trade convention and since the 1970s the trade approach has taken precedent. It is pretty apparent that most signatory countries believe trade is the way and will not be persuaded otherwise, at least in the short term. Challenging this from a basis of ideological opposition simply ensures that nothing changes. If the strategy doesn’t work, you change the strategy. If we have to acknowledge that trade will be used for the foreseeable future, then at least the governments, agencies and organisations supporting and driving trade must demonstrate that the system administering and monitoring [...]

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Built For Comfort Not For Speed – Tick Tock, Tick Tock

By |2019-05-23T10:13:55+10:00November 18th, 2018|Blog|

A great-and-greater number of people around the world are turning their backs on mainstream conservation organisations. People and activist groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, are stepping in to the leadership and innovation void left by the well know names, who are stuck in their business as usual approach and are acting as if they have all the time in the world. Here is a perfect example of why many people have walked away from these organisations over the last 10-20 years. A November 2018 article on a Vietnamese news site highlights Wildlife in danger as demand from restaurants rises, stating that encouraged by profits, restaurant owners are hunting for precious wildlife and serving dishes made from animals listed in the [...]

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Rhinoceros: Luxury’s Fragile Frontier

By |2019-08-12T11:07:52+10:00October 28th, 2018|Blog|

In one of the last blogs I wrote under the Breaking The Brand banner, in June 2017, I covered the topic of The Power of One, highlighting the stories of two individuals, Nicholas Duncan and Donalea Patman, who have invested of themselves to make a significant difference for wildlife. Now I want to tell another story, that of Dr Catherine Kovesi, a historian at the University of Melbourne. One of Catherine’s specialist research areas is the history of luxury consumption and has recently been appointed a General Editor of the forthcoming Bloomsbury series a Cultural History of Luxury. As many of our long-term supporters know, I have believed for some time that we need global influencers in both business and economics involved [...]

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