Message from 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)
Smugglers held with pair of Elephant Tusks in ThaneThursday, December 18th, 2014
Thane (Maharashtra)-India: Two alleged smugglers were arrested on Tuesday in Thane by the local crime branch for carrying a pair of elephant tusks.
Ramchandra Krishnappa Latte, a resident of Belgaum in Karnataka, and Rajendra Jadhav, a resident of Pune were arrested while trying to sell the ivory tusks.
Crime Branch has seized four cellphones from these smugglers.
The cellphones reveal the contact numbers of several suspected smugglers in South India and Mumbai, police said.
The accused, police said, were trying to send the ivory tusks to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in order to smuggle them out of India.
One kg of ivory fetches more than $1,000 in the international market and it is much in demand in China, where the affluent consider ornaments made of ivory as a sign of good fortune.
Tens of thousands of elephants have been killed for their tusks in recent years in Africa, mostly from Togo and neighbouring countries.
Malaysia,Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines are the main transit points in Asia for large scale ivory smuggling that arrive from Africa, according to Richard Thomas, a spokesman for Traffic, an NGO that monitors trade in endangered wildlife.
(Source : India TV)
Elephant Census begins in North BengalThursday, December 18th, 2014
Jalpaiguri (WB)-India: Dec 15 (PTI) The Forest department today began the three-day elephant census in the national parks and other forests of North Bengal.
The elephant census which is carried out every four years started in Baksha, Jaldapara and Gorumara National Parks of North Bengal, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO-Wildlife 2) Sunita Ghatak said.
(Source : Press Trust of India)
Poachers sell Migratory Birds in BahraichThursday, December 18th, 2014
India: Poachers are allegedly selling migratory birds for Rs 250 to Rs 400 in the Civil Lines area. A lalsar is available for Rs 300 to Rs 400. A Topidar Peelak and Chhota Pahadi is sold between Rs 300 and Rs 400.
Species like Lalsar, Himalayan Kathfodwa, Bhurasir, Kaudiyala, Kathfodwa, Topidar Peelak, Chhota Pahadi, Rajalal, Bada Khotur and Panna are being poach. These birds are sent to Gonda, Balrampur, Shravasti, Maharajganj and Nepal.
The number of migratory birds in the district is drastically decreasing because of rampant poachers. Birds arrive in rivers and lakes by the first week of November. The forest department is also not able to take proper security measures.
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