Regional Prosecutor Workshop for Countering Wildlife Crime in South Asia commences in Nepal!

Posted on December, 27 2023

27 December, 2023, Dhulikhel: A three-day Regional Prosecutor Workshop for countering wildlife crime in South Asia commenced was organized by the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) in collaboration with WWF Nepal and with the generous financial support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

The workshop witnessed active participation from over 30 representatives, including judiciary and prosecutors from government entities representing the five SAWEN member countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Participants are also included representatives from UNODC, UNEP, US Department of Justice, and the US Embassy in Nepal, SAWEN Secretariat and WWF Nepal.

The primary objective of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of prosecutors, enabling them to effectively address and prosecute both national and cross-border wildlife crimes. Additionally, fostering coordinated efforts to combat transnational wildlife crimes.

Dr. Deepak Kumar Kharal, Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment, inaugurated the workshop by emphasizing Nepal's commitment to global wildlife conservation. He highlighted the importance of regional cooperation to ensure environmental justice across the region. 

Mr. Ajay Karki, SAWEN Focal Person, Deputy Director of the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) Nepal, emphasized the importance of collaboration, coordination, and cooperation among law enforcement agencies within SAWEN range countries. He emphasized that such efforts are pivotal in countering wildlife crimes and ensuring sustainable conservation practices.

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal, acknowledged the judiciary's significant role in prosecuting wildlife crimes effectively. He called upon SAWEN member countries to unite in sustainable efforts to combat wildlife crime, with the goal of establishing a zero-wildlife transit region.

In conclusion, Dr. Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, Chief Enforcement Coordinator of SAWEN and Director General of DNPWC, highlighted transnational wildlife crime as a pressing issue. He stressed the need for upscaling capacity and providing a robust networking platform for law enforcement agencies across SAWEN member countries.  
Regional Prosecutor Workshop for Countering Wildlife Crime in South Asia
Regional Prosecutor Workshop for Countering Wildlife Crime in South Asia
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