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)
One common leopard hideTuesday, May 26th, 2015
Kathmandu-Nepal: Acting on a tip off, Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police arrested Chitra Bahadur Karki (36), a permanent resident of Bahundangi-8, Jhapa, and seized one common leopard hide with him from Naxal, Kathmandu on 21 May, 2015, Thursday. The arrestee was planning to sell the leopard skin-Length: 5ft 2 inch, width: 1ft 10 inch- to a trader. CIB handed over him to district forest office of Kathmandu for further investigation.
The National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1975, have prohibited the illegal trade of protected and enlisted wildlife species and their parts.
Source: Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), Nepal Police
Four arrested in Tamil Nadu for smuggling sea cucumbersTuesday, May 12th, 2015
TUTICORIN-India: The Coastal Security Group (marine police) on Sunday arrested four people in Tuticorin on charges of smuggling sea cucumbers. The police seized 360 kilograms of the endangered species from the smugglers.
Fishing of sea cucumbers is banned in the country as they are protected under the Indian Wildlife Act.
The Gulf of Mannar region is rich in such marine species and there used to be cases of smuggling earlier. The sea cucumbers are smuggled through the sea route to Sri Lanka, from where they are transported to various markets to be used in cuisine and natural medicines. Fishing of sea cucumbers is not banned in Sri Lanka. Read More
Indian national held for smuggling tiger partsFriday, May 8th, 2015
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