Regional collaboration to end wildlife crimes: Experts

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 29, 2014-

South Asian countries have stressed on the need to strengthen trans-boundary cooperation for intra-country law enforcement initiatives through intelligence sharing on poaching and trade trends as well as exchanging knowledge and skill for fighting wildlife crimes in the region.

Representatives from the South Asian countries made this clear during the three-day Second Annual Meeting of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) that concluded in the Capital on Friday. The meeting saw the eight South Asian countries endorse the SAWEN statute and update their collaborative roadmap for fighting wildlife crimes in the region.

This push from the SAWEN members places the region firmly in the spotlight of a growing international commitment to dealing with increasingly organised illegal wildlife trade networks as part of a broader strategic approach to combat trans-national organised crime, said TRAFFIC, a global wildlife trade monitoring network.

The statute will now await final endorsement from the governments of the eight South Asian countries--Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Addressing the programme, Chief Enforcement Coordinator of SAWEN Megh Bahadur Pandey said minimising illegal wildlife trade is crucial to the conservation of wildlife in the region. He said countries cannot fight highly organised and globalised wildlife crimes in isolation.

Published: 30-08-2014 09:20

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