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Cabinet nod to adopt statute of South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network to check wildlife crimes
May 19, 2016

Government gave its nod for India adopting the statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN). Approval allows the country to become a formal member of SAWEN in order to strengthen ties with the member countries in controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crime through communication, coordination, collaboration, capacity building and cooperation in the region.

What is SAWEN:

SAWEN is a regional network comprises eight countries in South Asia –

  • Afghanistan

  • Bangladesh

  • Bhutan

  • India

  • Maldives

  • Nepal

  • Pakistan and 

  • Sri Lanka-

Aims of SAWEN:

It aims at working as a strong regional intergovernmental body for combating wildlife crimes by attempting common goals and approaches for combating illegal trade in the region.

How this Collaboration will help?

The South Asia region is very vulnerable to illegal traffic and wildlife crimes due to presence of precious biodiversity and large markets as well as traffic routes for wildlife products in the region. The collaboration in harmonising as well as enforcing the wildlife protection in the region is considered very important for effective conservation of biodiversity.

Objective of Collaboration:

The objectives include:

  • Strengthening institutional responses to combat wildlife crime by promoting research and information sharing

  • Training and capacity building

  • Technical support

  • Sharing experiences and outreach and

  • To encourage member countries to prepare and implement their national action plans in curbing wildlife crime

  • Membercountries will take initiatives to bring "harmonisation and standardisation" in laws and policies to conserve fauna and flora and will also document the trend of poaching, illegal trade and related threats to the natural biodiversity

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