Indo-Nepal Wildlife Law Enforcement Training Workshop held in Uttar Pradesh

TRAFFIC India and WWF-India in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh Forest Department conducted a two-day training workshop on wildlife law enforcement for officers from India and Nepal. The workshop was held on 3-4 June 2010 at Balrampur, a town close to the Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh and was attended by 40 participants of which six were from Nepal.

The main purpose of the workshop was to help build alliances between enforcement agencies of the two countries and strengthen cross border co-operation. The workshop dealt in detail with various issues related to cross border illegal wildlife trade, wildlife laws and its implications, wildlife investigations, use of forensics in fighting wildlife crime, using metal detectors to detect snares and traps laid by poachers to catch wildlife etc.

The workshop was inaugurated by Shri R.R. Jamuar, Chief Conservator of Forest-Wildlife, East Gonda. The key resource persons included Supreme Court Advocate Shri Sudhir Mishra; Advocate Delhi High Court Shri Saurabh Sharma; Dr. SP Goyal, Wildlife Forensics Expert from Wildlife Institute of India; Dr. Harish Gularia from WWF-India and Shri MKS Pasha from TRAFFIC India.

Mr J.B. Karki, Director-Bardia National Park, Nepal who also participated in the workshop said, “Forests along the Indo-Nepal border are continuous and the wildlife moves freely across the region. Inorder to strengthen the protection of these areas, cross border co-operation is a must. Such programmes only help to strengthen the ties so that the intelligence flow required to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade continues to flow freely between the neighboring countries.”

Shri R.R Jamur further said, “Illegal wildlife trade has taken form of an organized criminal activity and requires an organized approach to combat it.”

Shri MKS Pasha from TRAFFIC India commented, “We are grateful to the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department for their help in organizing this training which will not only helped to build relationship with officials across the border but also provided a platform for participants to share their experiences on such issues”.
Indo-Nepal Wildlife Law Enforcement Training Workshop
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