South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) organized a virtual training on 'Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)-Wildlife Crime' on 23-25 August 2021 with support of INTERPOL and USAID. More than 15 law enforcement officials representing from wildlife, police and wildlife crime control offices from five SAWEN member countries-India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka-participated in the training.
Secure internet surfing, intelligence gathering from open sources, internet privacy, information retrieval system, illegal wildlife trade practices, search engines etiquettes, wildlife fraud sources, deep/dark/hidden web, social media searches, are some of the course coverages. Training facilitator enriched the participants with prevalent international practices applied in cyber space intelligence and investigation focusing on wildlife crime. Active participation of the trainees helped to create the learning environment and fruitful discussions were observed during the training sessions.
In the context of growing wildlife crime related incidences in virtual platforms, the training enhanced the knowledge and skills of the trainees that will support in routine works of the wildlife crime investigators. This will further support in the fight against wildlife crime by dismantling of wildlife crime syndicate spanned beyond national territories taking the advantages of information technological advances. The training also provided a forum to share applied practices among the participants representing various investigation agencies.
Recognizing the timely efforts of the hosts in organizing the training under this theme, participants appreciated and acknowledged coverage of the subject matter and practicality of the knowledge in day to day work. Earlier the Secretariat in collaboration with INTERPOL and USAID organized a four days training on 'Cyberspace Intelligence and Investigation to wildlife law enforcement officials in South Asia' on 5-8 April 2021.