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CITES and INTERPOL joint forces to combat tiger poaching
December 2009 – A CITES-INTERPOL law enforcement intelligence
training for tiger range States was held in Jakarta, from 30
November to 4 December, as part of the joint efforts between
the Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and INTERPOL
to boost law enforcement’s worldwide operational capability
against the poaching of wild tigers and wildlife crime.
The 5-day course was attended by 16 law
enforcement officials from tiger range States, including Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia,
Nepal, the Russian Federation, Thailand and Viet Nam. Its objective was
to facilitate and co-ordinate law enforcement action between wildlife enforcement
officers, Customs and police.
In the early 1900s, tigers roamed throughout
Asia and numbered over 100,000. Current estimates indicate that less than 3,500
of these remain in the wild. Tigers are today primarily poached for their skins
but almost every part of a tiger’s body can be used for decorative or
traditional medicinal purposes. Most tigers are now restricted to small pockets
of habitat, with several geographical populations literally teetering on the
brink of extinction.
With much of the poaching and smuggling ‘highly
organized’, David Higgins of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme
said a multi-agency and multi-national response was needed and that co-ordinating
this type of response was ‘second-nature’ to INTERPOL.
“This training represents INTERPOL’s
commitment to assist the global efforts to conserve wild tigers throughout
their range. INTERPOL’s training services and systems and our ability
to facilitate international law enforcement co-operation will prove invaluable
for the wildlife law enforcement participants from the Tiger range states,” Mr
John Sellar, Chief of Enforcement at CITES
said, “This is a marvellous opportunity for the students because raising
the awareness of the importance and use of intelligence analysis among tiger
range states is essential in equipping their enforcement officials to combat
poaching and illegal trade.”
The training, taught by experts from INTERPOL,
covers criminal intelligence analysis, a vital police tool widely recognized
for providing timely warning of threats and for supporting operational activities
In order to acquire relevant and accurate
intelligence, information from a variety of sources has to be analysed using
structured methods and techniques. Participants will be provided with the knowledge
of the modus operandi necessary to carry out operational and strategic analysis
with a view to achieving specific investigative aims.
Note to journalists: This
press release was originally drafted by INTERPOL and posted on
their website on 3 December 2009. For more information about
CITES, please contact Juan Carlos Vasquez at +41 22 917 8156
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