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)
Wildlife Group Dscloses Details of Rhino PoachersThursday, January 29th, 2015
India: A Karbi Anglong based anti poaching foundation and wildlife crime prevention group has disclosed the names and details information of 28 poachers and photographs of the four worst kingpins involved in poaching network spread across Assam, Nagaland and Manipur but also Myanmar and parts of China.
According to the information, each poacher had killed not less than 10 Rhinos and has traded with its chopped horns to the tune of millions of Indian currency and foreign exchange.
The group in the report has shown that maximum poachers are from Churachanpur district of Manipur and belong to a particular non Manipuri tribe. The report also stated that some poachers hailed from Karbi Anglong district of Assam but maintains close trade relation with the Churachanpur based Rhino horn traders.
These poachers sell rhino horns to buyers of China, Middle East Asian countries from a particular hideout of Myanmar.
“Members of various ultra organizations based in Karbi Anglong also kill rhino for fast cash. We have already placed all available information to proper authority but till now no action has been initiated”, executive director of the organization said on condition of anonymity.
Poaching‚ Illegal Trade in protected Rare Species upWednesday, January 28th, 2015
Hunters preparing a porcupine for meal after killing it, in Okhaldhunga, on Tuesday.
Okhaldhunga- Nepal: Poaching and trading of rare and protected species has been increasing in Okhaldhunga of late.
According to locals, poaching and illegal trading of rare protected animals has gone on unabated due to lack of monitoring on the part of concerned stakeholders.
The animals in Ragadeep, Bigutar, Jantarkhani, Patle, Khijiphalate, Khijikati, Rawadolu and Bhusinga, among other VDCs, are being hunted openly using traditional weapons, complained locals. Read More
Botswana Leader Blames Asian Market for Increase in Animal PoachingWednesday, January 28th, 2015
Botswana: Botswana President Ian Khama on Monday said that the Asian market was to blame for increase in poaching activities in the Southern Africa region.
Speaking at the refurbishment of Khama Rhino Sanctuaryin north-eastern Botswana, the President said â€œyou are all aware of the threat to the rhino in the region by poachers feeding foreign markets in Asia. He said rhinos, like other wildlife, must not be looked upon as just animals. Read More
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- Leopardess Trapped in Snare Dies, Causes Serious Concern Posted on: Nov 18th, 2014
- Steps taken to curb wild animal deaths due to train hits Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2013
- Saving single-horn Rhinos on agenda too Posted on: Jun 17th, 2014
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- Three days national training on information and intelligence management on wildlife crime started in Kathmandu Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013
- Leopard death sparks row Posted on: Apr 20th, 2014
- Rhino killed in Kaziranga, horn and ears taken away Posted on: Nov 26th, 2013