Wildlife forensic regional capacity building efforts

Wildlife crime is a serioustransnational threat tobiodiversity in South Asia.Driven by organized criminalsyndicates who control theburgeoning and highly lucrative illicit trade, it is impossible forany one country to tackle thecrime alone. A well-coordinatedand collaborative response isneeded to address this crime.

The use of forensic tools plays animportant role in strengtheninglaw enforcement efforts toaddress wildlife crime and biodiversity conservation. It has already been successfully used in many countries around the world to improve investigation of wildlife cases, identification ofpoaching hotspots and trafficking routes as well as prosecution of wildlife criminals by connectingindividuals to crime scenes.

Currently in South Asian countries the capacityto use forensic tools for wildlife crime is variedand limited. With increasing wildlife crimeincidences, it is important to develop nationaland regional capabilities and collaboration.CMDN is working closely with INTERPOL andother regional stakeholders to standardize thedevelopment and use of wildlife forensics across South Asia and use it as a tool to strengthen lawenforcement responses to wildlife crime.