June 8, 2011

AFP: Bangladesh creates anti-poaching police force

Filed under: 9th Conference, Asia, biodiversity — Tags: — inece @ 2:24 am

Tiger Sanctuary in Bangladesh. Photo credit: BBC World Service

AFP reports that Bangladesh will launch a specialized anti-poaching police force to respond to a sharp rise in poaching and exotic animal smuggling.

The 300-member Wildlife Crime Control Unit will be deployed in July as part of a $36 million World Bank-funded project aimed at protecting native endangered species and their habitats, Tapan Kumar told AFP.

“It’s the first time we have created a specific force to combat wildlife poachers who have become increasingly sophisticated,” he said, adding that a recent increase in wildlife smuggling was “alarming”.

Most of the unit will be stationed in the Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the critically endangered Royal Bengal Tiger — and will be equipped with modern weaponry and 38 patrol boats, he said.

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