As per PIB reports, WCCB – Wildlife Crime Control Bureau under Government of India’s Ministry of Environment , Forest and Climate Change has been awarded the Asia Environment Enforcement Award 2018 by United Nation Environment for its work in fighting trans-boundary environment crimes.
The Asia Environment Enforcement awards are
awarded to individuals or teams or government organizations in recognition of
the brilliance and leadership demonstrated by them in enforcing laws to fight
trans-boundary environmental crimes. Integrity, Impact, Innovation,
collaboration and gender leadership are the categories in which these awards
are given. These awards are decided by a selection panel set up by the UN.
The Union Environment Minister has
congratulated the government officials and team from WCCB for their diligent
work in fighting trans-boundary environmental crime and winning the award in
the category of Innovation. The innovative techniques of enforcement adopted by
WCCB have helped in reducing environmental crimes in India. The bureau has
developed a Wildlife Crime Database Management system which can provide real
time information online and which could be used to not only analyze the trends
but also formulate measures to prevent crimes related to wildlife in India.
This system has not only helped in successfully
carrying out operations like SAVE KURMA, BIRBIL, THUNDERBIRD, WILDNET amongst
many others, but has also helped in analyzing trends, carrying out preventive
measures and helped arrest around 350 wildlife criminals, seize Skin/bones of
Tigers, Leopards, Horn of Rhino, Tusks of Elephant, Raw hair, hair bruses of
Mangoose, antlers of deers, turtles, tortoises, marine animals etc. across
WCCB also has a scheme where the interested
public can volunteer and join them in their fight against wildlife crimes.
It is notable that India has won the award from UN Environment for the second time in a row.