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 signifi cance that supports a unique array of flora and fauna species. We are committed to conserve the biodiversity very seriously, but it is important to acknowledge that there are many threats to biodiversity which extend beyond political boundaries. Poaching and trade of wild species is clearly one such major threat. This often involves trans-boundary landscapes and habitats, movements of people and goods through porous borders, and increasingly characterized by organized criminal syndicates working in more than one country.
At least 500 dolphins have died in PeruMonday, March 10th, 2014
At least 500 dolphins have died in the past few weeks in northern Peru.
The animals, mostly common dolphins, were found stranded on different beaches in the regions of Lambayeque, Piura and La Libertad, among others.
Scientists are still trying to find out the exact reason of this massive death. The most probable hypotheses being handled are the dolphins are dying from poisoning by substances thrown into the waters by fishermen, poisoning from ingesting toxic algae and/or from getting stuck in nets.
“The analysis of the cetaceans’ cause of death will be out in about two weeks,” said Jaime de la Cruz, with the Marine Institute of Peru.
This phenomenon also happened two years ago when over 800 dolphins died.
Locals are demanding the authorities to do something quickly about the bodies because their meat is being illegally sold on the city markets.
Madhya Pradesh govt’s reminder to environment ministry on Gir lions’ translocation to stateMonday, March 10th, 2014
BHOPAL: State government has shot off another reminder, the second in two months, to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to take urgent measures to shift lions from Gujarat to Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Shivpuri district.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had refused to entertain the request of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government for translocation.
Illegal sand mining killing ghariyalsSunday, March 9th, 2014
LUCKNOW: Illegal sand mining is posing biggest threat to last of the wild and breeding ghariyals left. Found in maximum strength in national Chambal sanctuary running along three states — UP, MP and Rajasthan, ghariyals are losing out to human interference.
Illegal sand mining, fishing and stone quarrying in the sanctuary area is killing ghariyals.
Complaint filed in the National Green Tribunal has sought its intervention in the matter.
“Mining of sand banks is destructive for ghariyal population as sand banks are essential for nesting and basking,” said applicant and wildlife activist Upamanyu Raju.