Cabinet accepts law to curb South Asia wildlife crime

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday approved adopting the statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) meant for controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crime.

“The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for India adopting the statute of the SAWEN and becoming its formal member to strengthen ties with the member countries in controlling the trans-boundary wildlife crime through communication, coordination, collaboration, capacity building and cooperation in the region,” an official statement said.

“Adoption of SAWEN statute envisions India being part of the regional inter-governmental body in combating wildlife crime in the region and beyond.”

SAWEN aims at working as a strong regional inter-governmental body for combating wildlife crime and illegal trade by attempting common goals.

It is a regional network comprising eight countries in south Asia — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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