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)
Tiger Hide Seized, Five ArrestedFriday, March 27th, 2015
BALASORE-India :With the seizure of a Royal Bengal Tiger hide by the forest personnel in Thakurmunda area of Mayurbhanj district on Wednesday, poaching in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) has come to the fore once again.
Along with the tiger hide, the officials seized a leopard skin and arrested five persons in this connection. The arrested are Arjun Beshra of Hatabadada, Gobinda Kisku and his brother Dasarath Kisku of Chirupada, Surendra Kisku of Badabaliposhi and Jagar Murmu of Sarupani.
Electric fences kill more tuskers in Tamil Nadu than poachersWednesday, March 25th, 2015
CHENNAI-India: Electric fences are wreaking havoc in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, killing four tuskers in the last six months. Erected illegally on private estates, agricultural farms and resorts, these fences are being seen as the biggest threat to elephants in the Reserve that is home to almost 25% of the total Asian elephant population in the country. According to available records, electric fences kill more tuskers than poachers in Tamil Nadu.
The first elephant electrocution in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the last six months was reported at a private resort in Bokkapuram in September 2014. The second tusker came in contact with an electric fence on an agricultural farm at Chokkanalli on January 4 this year and the third died on a garlic farm in Sholur on January 29. The last death was reported from Gudalur, again on an agricultural farm, on Friday.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau tipped offWednesday, March 25th, 2015
India: Information regarding the seizure of the terrapins has been passed on to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India to combat organised wildlife crime.
Sources said the Forest Department officials would be conveying complete details of the five accused who were arrested at the Tiruchi airport while trying to smuggle the reptiles to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur.
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- Poacher Electrocuted by wire Laid to Kill Animals Posted on: Dec 4th, 2014
- Six poachers held with two tiger skins in Sundarbans Posted on: Oct 19th, 2014
- Poacher Kuttu claims to have killed three tigers Posted on: Mar 17th, 2015
- Uttarakhand emerging as hotspot of ivory smuggling Posted on: Feb 21st, 2014
- Bird traps seized in Thoubal Posted on: Nov 2nd, 2014
- Three days national training on information and intelligence management on wildlife crime started in Kathmandu Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013
- Wildlife Week events draw crowds Posted on: Oct 9th, 2013
- Tiger captured in Sunderbans Posted on: Dec 7th, 2014
- Two held with Animal Parts Posted on: Jan 8th, 2015
- Fear of H1N1 infection keeps Zoo officials on toes Posted on: Aug 11th, 2013