Prime Intention of the Blog

"People without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees and wildlife is almost as helpless".

I still remember my childhood days when I used to visit Dandeli a place where even my father started his professional career and also where my most of the relatives were staying.Even though I never brought up in Dandeli no one could stop me to go there since it was just two hours journey from my native. And during every visit I used to get the scoldings from my father and relatives since I used to spend most of the time in forests than in house.So as I grown up my visit to Dandeli became very less except twice or thrice in a year since I became busy with studies but always I had in my mind that I should contribute something to these magnificent forests which inspired me a lot to fall in love with the Conservation.So it is just an attempt from my side to create awareness to save these magnificent animals and landscapes they exist in.If this blog contributes in a small way to achieve this goal I will be the most happiest person in this world.
This blog mainly focuses towards conservation activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.This blog doesn't provide any information regarding tourism and its related activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Karnataka gears up to fight wildlife crime-Wildlife Forensic Workshop at Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve

Seventy one forests officials met last week to examine methods for Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement. The meeting, which took place over the weekend of 18-19th February at Anshi Tiger Reserve, Dandeli in Karnataka, was organized by Karnataka Forest Department with support from TRAFFIC India. 

TRAFFIC provides training and inputs to a diverse group of officials working on wildlife enforcement and other related issues. 

A lack of adequate knowledge and skills was identified as a major gap among such officers, and therefore building capacity has become a significant component of TRAFFIC India’s strategy to help curb illegal wildlife trade in India. 

Mr B K Singh, PCCF (WL) inaugurated the workshop, with Ms Pallavi R, Judicial Magistrate Forest Council present for the inaugural session.

Mr B K Singh said that the workshop would surely help his team to take on board more knowledge regarding wildlife laws and their implementation, and asked TRAFFIC India to take lead in organizing more training workshops across the State. 

At the meeting, TRAFFIC India provided materials and information on a range illegal wildlife trade issues. They included: forensics as a tool to fight wildlife crime, the role of CITES, evaluating the scene of wildlife crime, setting up and handling information networks, conducting search and seizures, developing documentation that leads to successful prosecution in a court of law and more. 

Participants also learned about new tools and technology to tackle wildlife crime, such as the use of deep search metal detectors and wildlife sniffer dogs to combat poaching gangs and to break interregional wildlife trafficking routes. 

Mr Samir Sinha, representing TRAFFIC India, spoke about different aspects of illegal wildlife trade and how it has become an organized criminal activity. He called for greater transboundary co-operation and vigilance in tackling this growing menace and emphasized that co-operation between various agencies is necessary to prevent drainage of India’s precious natural heritage.

Technical assistance at the meeting was also provided by Dr SP Goyal (Wildlife Institute of India), Ritwick Dutta (Lawyer-Supreme Court) and Saurabh Sharma (Lawyer-High Court).

An edited version of this article can be read from the link below.

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