SAWEN –South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network is a regional network of eight countries of South Asia; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Environment Ministers of South Asia at the 11th Meeting of the Governing Council of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) held on May 2008 in Jaipur, India announced their support for the formation of SAWEN.
Message from Chief Enforcement Coordinator
It is my pleasure to welcome you through SAWEN Secretariat website. South Asia contains a range of habitats and environments of global signifi cance that supports a unique array of flora and fauna species. We are committed to conserve the biodiversity very seriously, but it is important to acknowledge that there are many threats to biodiversity which extend beyond political boundaries. Poaching and trade of wild species is clearly one such major threat. This often involves trans-boundary landscapes and habitats, movements of people and goods through porous borders, and increasingly characterized by organized criminal syndicates working in more than one country.
Rhino carcass found in JaldaparaTuesday, April 22nd, 2014
JALPAIGURI: A rhino carcass was found in Jaldapara National Park on Sunday which had its horn missing. Though autopsy revealed that the adult male had died in a fight with another rhino around five days back, foresters do not yet know what happened to the horn.
“It might have been chopped off by poachers, or it may have got uprooted during the fight. We are not ruling out any of the possibilities right now,” said a senior forest official.
Singapore remains significant transit point for illegal ivory shipments: mediaSunday, April 20th, 2014
SINGAPORE, April 19 (Xinhua) — While the sale of ivory in Singapore has fallen over the years, the country remains a significant transit point for shipments of illegal ivory moving from Africa to Asia, and even within Asia itself, local TV Channel NewsAsia reported on Saturday.
Some of the illegal ivory shipments passing through Singapore have been declared as coffee berries, marble sculptures, and even waste paper, animal welfare activists were quoted as saying.
Authorities worked on tip-offs to intercept these shipments. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said there have been eight illegal ivory seizures since 2008.
Tiger killed by poachersSunday, April 20th, 2014
An adult tiger was killed allegedly by poachers in Terai Paschim forest division of Nainital district.
The carcass of the big cat, aged around 7 to 8 years, was found in the wee hours today by villagers who informed the forest guards, District Forest Officer Rahul Kumar said.
“Injury marks on the tiger’s carcass suggest that it was a victim of poaching,” the DFO said.
It seems the feline was first trapped and then killed ruthlessly by poachers, the DFO said. The forest area falls in Ramnagar town near Nainital.
A tiger was killed by poachers in a similar manner last year on April 18 in the same area, he said.
The number of tigers has fallen below 1,800 in the country, according to 2011 census by the National Tiger Conservation.
(Source : Business Standard)