Incidents of wildlife poaching inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) have decreased with the mobilisation of a network of youths tasked with reporting the authority about the whereabouts and movements of suspected poachers.
ACAP Chief Lal Prasad Gurung said wildlife poaching has gone down in the last 3-4 years, all thanks to the presence of the youth network.
“The search for poachers is launched based on the tips offered by the members of the network led by the natural resource conservation assistant and conservation education assistant,” said Gurung.
There are 17 sub committees under the network. The members are trained on the ways to control poaching .
After the involvement of the network, two cases of wildlife poaching and one case related to smuggling of orchid were lodged in the office in the fiscal year (FY) 2067/68. Furthermore, one case of wildlife poaching and two cases of smuggling of medicinal herbs were registered in FY 2068/69, and one case of wildlife poaching was reported in FY 2069/70.