Workshop for ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity of SAWEN’

Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal inaugurates the workshop
Secretary of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal inaugurates the workshop

Eight member countries from the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) have gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal to attend its third Executive Committee Meeting, along with a two-day workshop (from September 11-13, 2017) organized to 'Strengthen Institutional Capacity of SAWEN'. SAWEN is an intergovernmental wildlife law enforcement support body of South Asian countries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The occasion will see the attendance of seven principal focal persons, sixteen law enforcement personnel representing the SAWEN member countries, and some of the top conservation personnel from Nepal engage rigorously in the areas of: Policy harmonization, institutional capacity strengthening through knowledge and intelligence sharing, therein aiming to harness collaboration with regional and international partners. Six expert consultants hired by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) will facilitate the workshop.

SAWEN principal focal persons during the third executive meeting 


Some of the workshop sessions will cover topics related to: Undertaking capacity development on skills related to wildlife crimes along with conducting a regional political economy analysis on such crimes. In addition to this, discussions will also be facilitated on: Drafting of an operational framework for SAWEN; mapping of wildlife trade routes in SAWEN member countries; reviewing of wildlife policies and guidelines and developing bilateral regional MoUs; also making the case for the need to develop a public awareness strategy, a communication plan and a regional communication mechanism.

Workshop sesion being conducted by NTNC consultant


The program is being organized by the SAWEN Secretariat, together with the Government of Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), wherein NTNC is supporting the development process of SAWEN through the Regional IDA and IDF grants from the World Bank. Financial support for the event was subsequently undertaken thorugh the IDF project. SAWEN was officially launched in January, 2011 in Paro Bhutan and the regional organization operates its activities from its Secretariat in Kathmandu. The regional intergovernmental body commits to strengthen law enforcement to combat wildlife crime in South Asia.

SAWEN memeber country participants at the workshop