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WILDLIFE CRIMES

7 Feb 2017
Lok Sabha



*70.    SHRI RAM CHARAN BOHRA:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a)    whether India has collaborated with its neighbouring countries to combat wildlife crimes and if so, the details thereof;

(b)    the details of major initiatives taken by the Government under the aegis of South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN);

(c)    the objectives of SAWEN and achievements made so far in this regard;

(d)    the funds allocated and expenditure incurred so far under SAWEN; and

(e)    whether any public participation has been envisaged under SAWEN and if so, the details thereof?

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE    (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)

 (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e)   A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e)  OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.*70 REGARDING “WILDLIFE CRIMES” BY SHRI RAM CHARAN BOHRA DUE FOR REPLY ON 07.02.2017

(a) Yes, Sir. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is conducting bilateral meetings with the neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal for exchange of information and coordination in matters related to combating wildlife crimes. A list of meeting held during the last one year is at Annexure.

(b) The Cabinet Committee has approved the proposal of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change for adoption of the Statute of South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) on 13th April 2016. However, the SAWEN is yet to be operationalized.  

(c) The objectives of the SAWEN are as below:

i.    To take initiative for bringing harmonization and standardization in laws and policies of member countries concerning conservation of fauna and flora;

ii.    To document the trend of poaching and illegal trade and related threats to the natural biodiversity within and across countries in the region;

iii.    To strengthen institutional responses to combat wildlife crime by promoting research and information sharing, training and capacity building, technical support, sharing experience and outreach; and

iv.    To encourage members countries to prepared and implement their National Action Plans in curbing wildlife crime and to collaborate towards effective implementation.

They are no visible achievements as SAWEN is yet to become operational. However, on endorsement of five out of eight member countries in 2016, the SAWEN has become a legitimate inter-governmental organization in South Asia, although secretariat has not been operational.

(d)  The Government of Nepal has committed support of USD 1,00,000 for SAWEN.

(e) The statute of SAWEN contains the institutional arrangement for functioning of the network, its objectives and role of member countries and does not have specific provisions for public participations. However,  Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, which is the principal focal point of SAWEN in India, has organized various events with public participation to stop illegal traffic of wildlife and wildlife crimes in the country through awareness and education campaigns for various stakeholders.  

ANNEXURE

 ANNEXURE REFFERD TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF THE LOK SABHA  STARRED QUESTION NO. *70 REGARDING “WILDLIFE CRIMES” BY SHRI RAM CHARAN BOHRA DUE FOR REPLY ON 07.02.2017

DETAILS OF MEETINGS HELD WITH NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES BY WCCB DURING 2016 

SNo

Date

Place and Country

Purpose of Meeting

1.       

28thFeb to 05th March 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

INTERPOL Investigative Support Meeting between India and Nepal

2.       

10th -11th April 2016

New Delhi, India

INTERPOL Investigative Support Meeting between India and Bangladesh

3.       

27th to 29th July 2016

Singapore

Regional Investigative and Analytical Meeting on development of operation strategy for combating organized wildlife crime network(focusing on reptiles) by INTERPOL between India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand  and Vietnam 

4.       

 25th to 27th Oct  2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh

3rdAnnual Meeting of SAWEN

5.       

28thto 30th November 2016

Paro, Bhutan

Regional Investigative Support Meeting by INTERPOL between India, Bhutan, Bangladesh Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Singapore and Vietnam

6.       

26th -27th July 2016

New Delhi, India

20th National Level Meeting between Indian and Myanmar

7.       

22nd-23rd November 2016

NayPyi Taw,Myanmar

Annual Wildlife Crime Nodal Point Meeting between India and Myanmar

8.       

19th-20th December 2016

Mandale, Myanmar

22ndSectoral Meeting between India and Myanmar



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