SAWEN –South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network is a regional network of eight countries of South Asia; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Environment Ministers of South Asia at the 11th Meeting of the Governing Council of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) held on May 2008 in Jaipur, India announced their support for the formation of SAWEN.
Message from Chief Enforcement Coordinator
It is my pleasure to welcome you through SAWEN Secretariat website. South Asia contains a range of habitats and environments of global
You are requested to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions on Environmental Assessment (EA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) Reports for Enhancing Climate Resilience of Endangered Species Project to be implemented in and around Shey Phoksundo National Park and Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.
Bengal, a transit route for wildlife traffickingMonday, December 9th, 2013
KOLKATA: In the last three months, BSF, Kolkata Police and the Customs have arrested more than 45 people and seized a huge number of turtles, tokay geckos – an elusive lizard – and several forest birds from different places of Bengal, particularly from the bordering areas.
The arrests and seizure once again establish the fact that Bengal is one of the key transit hubs of wildlife smuggling.
“On November 21, the BSF officials seized 10 tokay geckos -which has high demand in the international markets – from Haridaspur on Bangaon border and arrested two persons – Md Roken and Md Soriful. These reptiles are sold for approximately Rs 20 lakh each in the international market,” said inspector general of BSF’s south Bengal frontier, R K Mishra. The 40th battalion of BSF also seized several star tortoises worth more than Rs 4 crore four crore
from the border area a month back. Last week, Bidhanagar police arrested three persons and seized 70 sacks of turtles and star tortoises from a truck coming from Uttar Pradesh.
Kenya enhances elephant security with satellite collarsThursday, December 5th, 2013
NAIROBI: Wildlife conservationists in Kenya on Tuesday begun tracking four elephants using satellite technology to help reduce conflict and enhance security in the world famous Amboseli game reserve.
A team of scientists, researchers and veterinarians from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and School of Field Studies (SFS) will fit the elephants with tracking collars in a two-day exercise, Xinhua reported.
Head of species research programmes at KWS Charles Musyoki said monitoring elephant movements in the Amboseli ecosystem is a fundamental prescription of Kenya’s national elephant conservation and management strategy.
“This scientific study will go a long way in generating accurate, almost real time and up to date information that is critical for managing and conserving elephants on one hand and enhancing local people’s livelihoods on the other,” Musyoki said.
Located in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the Amboseli landscape includes the park, the Maasai community group ranches namely Olgulului-Olorarashi, Kimana, Mbirikani, Selengei, Kuku and Rombo.
These stretch to Mt Kilimanjaro, and straddle the Kenya-Tanzania border and Chyulu Hills. Amboseli elephant populations were estimated at 1,400 according to the last total aerial census conducted in 2012. Currently, Kenya has about 37,000 elephants.
During the exercise, the scientists will fit three pre-selected females and one male with the collars. In February six elephants – four males and two females — were collared at four group ranches bringing to 66 tracking collars on elephant in the country.
The collars, which transmit a satellite and radio signal, will help KWS map out the elephants’ migratory and dispersal routes – critical areas utilised by the elephants, and identify how expansively the elephants travel in search of water and food.
Dozens of whales beached in Florida’s Everglades, ten dieThursday, December 5th, 2013
MIAMI: Ten whales have died and rescuers were trying to save dozens more that beached in Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, park and wildlife officials said on Wednesday.
Forty-one whales were swimming freely in shallow waters near shore as rescuers tried with little success to coax them out into deeper water. Wildlife officers euthanized four whales because they could not be saved, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said.
NOAA, via Twitter, said that survival rates were typically low in such instances.
One killed in wild elephant attackTuesday, December 3rd, 2013
A man has died after being attacked by a wild elephant in the Singhapura area in Welikanda, the Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.
The incident had occurred when the man had been attacked by the wild elephant while working at the garden behind his residence.
The deceased who was identified as a 60 year old succumbed to injuries while being taken to hospital
(Source : Ceylon Today Online)