Message from Chief Enforcement Coordinator
South Asia’s unique geographical expanse and topographical variation support several diverse ecosystems harbouring a rich variety of faunal and floral species; including some of the most charismatic and endangered species on Earth. Conservation of these bio-resources of global significance encounters multifarious challenges emanating from region’s poverty, population growth and many environmental changes. Poaching and trade in wildlife and their parts against our national and international laws have emerged as one of the most significant challenges in conserving biodiversity in the region. Such wildlife crime are accelerating the rate at which many of our endangered species are going extinct and at the same time threatening the survival of many other lesser known species.
Despite our efforts to curb, these crimes remain unabated; rather, flourish as a lucrative business for highly trans-national and organized criminal networks. This clearly demands more determined, collaborative and effective approaches from wildlife enforcement agencies in the region.
SAWEN is making its efforts to enhance capacity of wildlife enforcement agencies of South Asian countries and combine such capacities through better coordination for a stronger, more coordinated and more effective national and regional response to the burgeoning wildlife crime. However, our capacity and efforts remains far from enough to take on the current scale and nature of wildlife crime.
Hence, I urge all SAWEN member countries and other partners to engage more aggressively in strengthening SAWEN and fight against the crime. I also request all sectors of life; the civil society, politics, and business across the region to join hands in establishing our region as a safer place for wildlife and ultimately for humans.
Tika Ram Adhikari
Chief Enforcement Coordinator (CEC)
Kaziranga fightback yields resultsMonday, November 24th, 2014
Guwahati-India: Nov. 23: Effective anti-poaching strategies by Kaziranga National Park have resulted in the killing of 21 poachers till date this year — the highest in the past five years at least.
Sources said the park officials used a combination of strategies to take the attack to poachers who constantly change their strategy, as it was known that no single solution from the management side would work magic. “The problem needs to be understood in its entirety and strategies need to be evolved accordingly,” a senior park official said.
Tusker found DeadMonday, November 24th, 2014
BIRGUNJ-Nepal:A wild elephant has been found dead in Madhuban Mathawal of Parsa on Friday morning.
The tusker was found dead nearby Rangapur Range Post located at Gadi VDC which is one kilometer far from Madhuban Mathawal-5, Akuniya in the west.
The elephant is said to have received bullets on its body. It is suspected that the elephant was shot dead by poacher.
(The Himalayan Times)
Rare trial: Customs asked to explain what action has been taken against turtle smugglersMonday, November 24th, 2014
KARACHI-Pakistan: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has called a report on the proceedings initiated by the Customs authorities against the alleged traffickers of 218 rare, black-spotted turtles.
A division bench, headed by SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, also directed the deputy attorney general to file replies of the interior ministry and the climate change division on efforts to curb the smuggling of endangered species from Pakistan. The bench also issued a notice to the alleged trafficker through the Customs court to appear on December 12.
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- 78 Cranes Seized, Three Poachers fined Posted on: Oct 21st, 2014
- Nepal requests INTERPOL Red Notice for wanted rhino poacher Posted on: Dec 13th, 2013
- Red panda skin smugglers arrested Posted on: Jun 4th, 2013
- The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale Posted on: May 2nd, 2014
- Leopard skin and bone seized by police in Tanahu Posted on: Apr 6th, 2014
- INTERPOL meeting in South Asia aims to improve wildlife crime investigation skills Posted on: Jul 7th, 2013
- New wild cat species found in ACAP area Posted on: Feb 13th, 2014
- Prince William 'calls for Buckingham Palace ivory to be destroyed' Posted on: Feb 18th, 2014
- From the crime scene to the courtroom: ICCWC releases Guidelines on ivory Posted on: Nov 17th, 2014
- Accidents killed 13 lions in 1 year in Gujarat Posted on: Jul 6th, 2014