SAWEN facilitates Nepal-India WCCBs Meeting

South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) has coordinated a meeting with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of Nepal and India that held on 30 March, 2015 at Kathmandu, Nepal. Officials from Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Nepal, Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), Nepal Police, WCCB-Nepal Secretariat, SAWEN Secretariat, WCCB-India and representative of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, were participated in the meeting.

Chairing the meeting, the Chief Enforcement Coordinator (CEC) of SAWEN and Director General (DG) of DNPWC, and Coordinator of WCCB-Nepal, Mr. Tika Ram Adhikari, emphasized the need for trans-national coordination meetings between neighbouring countries for effective coordination and cooperation to combat the wildlife crime across the border. The meeting discussed on various issues mainly on Indo-Nepal border coordination, sharing of intelligence and information, integrated effort to dismantle vicious networks of wildlife crime in both the countries, research and development to ease in combating wildlife crime, and future cooperation between these two open bordered neighbouring countries.

During the meeting, Regional Deputy Director of WCCB-India, Mr. Nishant Verma highlighted the wildlife crime scenario in India with its role in combating wildlife crime and shared the findings of recent visit by WCCB-India team at Kanchanpur district, Far West Nepal. The team was led by Joint Director of WCCB-India, Mr. Kamal Dutta. Both the WCCBs seek the role of SAWEN and request to take initiatives for capacity enrichment in due course of time. The meeting was concluded with principle agreements between WCCBs aiming to coordinate and combat wildlife crime between India and Nepal.