Officials from enforcement and intelligence agencies of the eight South Asian countries besides China, Russia and Myanmar will meet here next week to develop a cross cutting operational strategy to curb the growing menace of illegal wildlife trade in the region.
The meeting is being hosted by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Programme and the Central Bureau of Investigation, with additional technical support from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), the National Tiger Conservation Authority ( NTCA), and TRAFFIC.
Illegal wildlife trade is perceived to be a high profit and low risk activity and has grown to become the fifth largest illegal global trade after narcotics, counterfeiting, human trafficking and oil trafficking.
Besides driving many endangered species towards extinction, illegal wildlife trade strengthens criminal networks, undermines national security, and poses increasing risks to global health.
Since illegal wildlife trade extends beyond national borders, a regional strategy and international cooperation are needed to address its growing influence. More....