On Monday one of the most significant anti-poaching meeting ever held is taking place in Nepal. The ‘Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching: Asia’ will be hosted by the Nepal Government, bringing together the greatest global anti-poaching minds to take part in presentations and discussions aimed at ending the Asian poaching crisis.
The Symposium will be attended by government representatives from more than 10 Asian countries. Nepal is the natural host for this meeting as the only country, to date, to have achieved Zero Poaching.
Asia’s poaching crisis
Poaching across Asia is at critical levels. Asia’s forests are falling silent as the last remaining tigers, elephants, rhinos, bears, snakes, pangolins, lizards, birds, and so many more, are poached to feed the unrelenting illegal wildlife trade.
Zero Poaching is WWF’s call to all governments to stop poaching or they will lose their wildlife, jeopardising their ecosystems and their national security.
On the eve of the Symposium WWF puts the spotlight on 10 lesser known Asian species which are being poached to supply this multi-billion dollar black market
How to achieve Zero Poaching.
To stop poaching it takes professionalism. Poaching is now a highly organized business. To combat it, anti-poaching must be the same. WWF and partners are working with tiger governments on the 6 Zero Poaching pillars:
- Assessment of current site enforcement
- Adopting new tools and technologies
- Institutional capacity building including rangers
- Strengthening prosecution processes
- Increasing and improving involvement of local communities and other partners
- Improving national and regional cooperation
Only once all these factors are being addressed can a country achieve Zero Poaching.
As total eradication of poaching is almost impossible, Zero Poaching means reducing poaching to such negligible levels that there are no visual signs of poaching and there is no impact on the species population which is stable or increasing.
Has Zero Poaching been achieved before?
Yes! Nepal achieved it in 2011 for rhinos and for tigers, elephants and rhinos year ending February 2014. This was a tremendous achievement and proves that a country who adopts a professional attitude to anti-poaching can achieve Zero Poaching.
At the Symposium, Nepal will share its best practices and lessons learned with the other Asian countries.
Why is this Symposium important?
The Symposium is very important as it is the first time poaching in Asia has ever been so comprehensively and practically addressed.
The objective of the Symposium is to launch an immediate, coordinated region-wide effort to halt poaching across Asia and will conclude with a series of recommendations for immediate action towards Zero Poaching and lead to the publication of a Zero Poaching toolkit.
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Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching in Asia is to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2-6 February, 2015.