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)
UN General Assembly Resolves to Combat Wildlife TraffickingSunday, August 2nd, 2015
New York: Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the UN General Assembly today urged its Member States to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply and demand sides.”
“Illegal wildlife trafficking not only threatens species and ecosystems; it affects the livelihoods of local communities and diminishes touristic attractions. It compromises efforts towards poverty eradication and the achievement of sustainable development,” said Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda, president of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in a statement.In its first resolution against wildlife trafficking, the 193-Member Assembly expressed serious concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and the “alarmingly high” levels of killings of elephants in Africa, which threaten those species with local extinction and, in some cases, with global extinction. Read More
Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey revealsThursday, July 30th, 2015
Bhutan: Bhutan is home to more than 100 tigers, a rise of more than a third on the previous population estimate, a survey has revealed.
The first national tiger survey in the tiny Himalayan country, conducted entirely by Bhutanese nationals, has found there are 103 tigers, up from the previous estimate of 75.
But while conservationists welcomed the news from Bhutan’s first nationwide tiger survey, they warned the big cat was facing a crisis in south-east Asia where some countries are failing to assess populations.
Tiger population estimated at 100 in world’s largest mangrove forestWednesday, July 29th, 2015
Dhaka-Bangladesh:- The number of big cats in the world’s largest mangrove forest appeared to decrease drastically as only about 100 Bengal tigers were found in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, a new survey said on Monday.
Experts who carried out the World Bank-funded study said poaching and pollution played roles in the reduction of Bengal tiger population in Bangladesh.
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- Two tigers on average are killed per week: WWF Posted on: Jul 30th, 2014
- Poachers leave blackbuck seriously injured, villagers protest Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2013
- Nuclear threat to Badopal wildlife Posted on: Jul 17th, 2013
- Ivory Worth Rs 20L Seized, Four Arrested Posted on: Nov 11th, 2014
- 60 peacocks found dead in Warangal district Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2014
- Rhino gores man to death Posted on: Sep 13th, 2013
- Man caught with 450 star back tortoises at Trivandrum International Airport Posted on: Apr 30th, 2014
- Hundreds of Animals seized in Operation targeting Wildlife trafficking Across Asia Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2014
- HP to launch conservation programme for Himalayan brown bear Posted on: Oct 28th, 2014
- 145kg of pangolin scales seized Posted on: May 2nd, 2014