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)
Indian nationals arrested with wildlife parts in MalaysiaMonday, August 31st, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR -Malaysia: The Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) has seized more than 1,000 items made from animal parts, including tiger skin and elephant hair, worth over RM100,000 (S$34,000).
The three suspected illegal wildlife traders were arrested in Jalan Pudu, while the animal parts were in the room of a budget hotel nearby.
Perhilitan enforcement director Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the 1,241 items recovered by the Wildlife Crime Unit was this year’s biggest seizure. Read More
Five red sanders smugglers nabbed in KadapaThursday, August 27th, 2015
India: The Kadapa police on Tuesday made a major breakthrough by capturing on Monday night five inter-state red sanders smugglers and confiscating 2.2 tonnes of red sanders logs valued at Rs.2.7 crore, three cars, a tanker, Rs 4.3 lakh in cash and seven mobile phones from their possession at Kondapeta Bridge in Chennur mandal.
The detainees are in judicial custody at the Kadapa Jail.
Kadapa Superintendent of Police Naveen Gulati told the mediapersons that the arrests and confiscation was made in a joint operation by the Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) and the Kadapa police.
Three Satkosia poachers arrestedWednesday, August 26th, 2015
BHUBANESWAR-India: Three poachers were arrested in Mahanadi Wildlife Division of Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Sunday night. The carcass of a wild boar and four country-made guns was recovered from them.
Banigochha East range (Nayagarh district) personnel arrested the poachers. At first, they arrested one person and interrogated him. A gun was seized from him. Based on information he provided, two more persons were arrested. The poachers were identified as Debarchan Pradhan, 40, Pradeep Behera, 19, and Kulamani Pradhan, 45. Read More
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- China launches new ivory smuggling crackdown Posted on: Jun 17th, 2014
- Illegal sand mining killing ghariyals Posted on: Mar 9th, 2014
- Over 150 people arrested for online wildlife trafficking Posted on: Jul 15th, 2013
- Elephants kill one in Golaghat Posted on: May 15th, 2013
- CITES 2015 Message on World Wildlife Day Posted on: Mar 1st, 2015
- India Lost 66 Wild Tigers in 2014 Posted on: Jan 4th, 2015
- Poachers kill 13 rare rhino Posted on: May 15th, 2013
- Two drivers arrested after 50 emus die of suffocation in trucks Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013
- Four Leopards found dead at Manesar Golf Course Posted on: Nov 16th, 2014
- Kaziranga National Park lost its 18 rhino Posted on: Aug 27th, 2013