Message from The 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)
37 elephants, wild animals fell victim to speeding trainsMonday, March 2nd, 2015
NEW DELHI-India: As many as 37 elephants and wild animals have come under speeding trains since 2013, the Rajya Sabha was told today.
While 26 animals were victims of such mishaps in 2013, the figure was nine last year and two till February this year, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, he said several proposals have been mooted to check such accidents.
They include use of modern wireless animal tracking device to track the movement of elephants and satellite space navigation system to pre-warn drivers and battlefield surveillance radar system to avoid accidents.
He also mentioned about the measures highlighted by the Supreme Court to check mishaps on rail tracks, which include identification of paths and corridors taken by elephants to cross rail tracks and spotting areas where speed restrictions could be put in place
Three Arrested with Tiger TrophiesSunday, March 1st, 2015
Feb-28 2015: Bhimduttanagar , Kanchanpur- A team of Nepal Police deployed from Far West regional office has arrested three people on the charge of smuggling tiger hide and bones on Saturday, 28 February 2015 from Kanchanpur, Nepal. The suspects are identified as Khagda Bahadur Khadka aged 30 of Punarbas-8, Ram Bahadur Rokaya aged 33 resident of Punarbas-10 Kanchanpur district, and Bans Rana, an Indian national.
According to Sub-Inspector Birendra Johari, the coordinator of the investigation team of Nepal police, Bans Rana the Indian citizen had smuggled 9 feet long hide and 21 kilogram of tiger bones from Sampurnanagar India. Police said that other three suspects are in run. All the three suspects are sent to district forest office Kanchanpur for further investigation.
The Police had also arrested two suspects on January 16 and 21 2015 with tiger trophies which indicates that Kanchanpur is developing as a hub for wildlife parts smuggling. The suspects will be charged under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973.
Source: Nepal Police
CITES 2015 Message on World Wildlife DaySunday, March 1st, 2015
Wildlife is now firmly fixed on the United Nations calendar thanks to its own special day.
On the 3rd of March 2014 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led the global celebrations of the first World Wildlife Day and called for us to work for a future where people and wildlife coexist in harmony.
This year, countries, United Nations and international organizations, as well as citizen’s groups from across the globe, have rallied around the theme ‘It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime’. Read More
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- Poachers kill rhino in Manas park Posted on: Oct 30th, 2013
- Cops 'kill Cheetal, relish venison for dinner' Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2013
- Two arrested for deer killing Posted on: May 28th, 2013
- New fish species found in Arunachal Pradesh Posted on: Aug 26th, 2013
- No Illegal Trading of Elephants in Bihar Cattle Fair Posted on: Nov 5th, 2014
- European Parliament Votes for Wildlife Crime Crackdown Posted on: Jan 17th, 2014
- 78 Cranes Seized, Three Poachers fined Posted on: Oct 21st, 2014
- Ivory Seized In Kenya Was Disguised As Peanuts Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013
- 275 Tortoises seized from Train in Bihar Posted on: Nov 4th, 2014
- The war on poaching cannot be won in the field unless we take on high-level corruption Posted on: May 12th, 2014