Discourse on scenario of wildlife crime conducted

Dimapur, December 6 (MExN): An inter agency co-ordination meeting was jointly organized by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Government of India and Wildlife Wing of Nagaland Forest Department at Forest Conference Hall, Dimapur was held on December 6.


The meeting was chaired by Satya Prakesh Tripathi, Chief Wildlife Warden, Government of Nagaland and attended by the Chief Wildlife of Warden, Manipur, Field Director, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve and officers from Forest Departments of Nagaland, Manipur & Assam, along with DCP, Dimapur and other officers from the Police Department, Nagaland, SSB, Assam Rifles, RPF, CISF, SIB, Customs and Scientists from ZSI and BSI.


The participants were welcomed by Tilotama Varma, Additional Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Government of India, New Delhi and apprised about the recent trends of wildlife crime in the region. She laid emphasis on the need for cooperation among all the Central and State government Agencies to work towards tackling Wildlife Crime by dissemination of information and intelligence between them.


The Chief Wildlife Warden, Nagaland illustrated the scenario of wildlife crime in Nagaland and said that people are now coming forward to protect the indigenous wildlife and the efforts of the people of Nagaland for protection of the Amur Falcon was presented by him and appreciated by all. The need for creating further awareness for other species common in illegal trade was also emphasized upon. The Regional Deputy Director, WCCB, ER illustrated the scenario of wildlife crime in North Eastern Indian states and initiated the discussions.


The discussion went on regarding various topics like the important routes for smuggling in the area and what are the imperatives for different enforcement agencies. Strategies were discussed to best combat poaching and smuggling in the region. A future road map was agreed to by all the agencies present after discussing the issues threadbare. WCCB assured the State Government, Forest Departments for training of Forest Staff and sensitization of other enforcement agencies.