28-30 August 2018
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Bangkok Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs (BCSTI) was held on 28-29 August 2018 at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. BCSTI brought together representatives from governments, civil societies, scientists and academia from Global South and outlined innovative technologies and cooperative policy frameworks in implementation to address the problems of wildlife and forest crimes.
BCSTI was co-organized by
- Asian Institute of Technology, and
- Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand.
The collaborators of the event included:
- ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB);
- European Union (EU);
- Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF);
- National institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan;
- Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC), Japan;
- South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN);
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and
- United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
The Honorable President of Nepal, H.E. Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari talks about the successful cases from Nepal on the forest and wildlife conservation with the use of scientific technologies, and managerial innovations further promoting SDG 15. Further, H.E. talk about the importance of cross-border information, data sharing and cooperatives. Nepal has been committed to effective implementation of CITES and SAWEN. She encourages trans-regional cooperation for conservation among countries of the larger South. She talks about finding a common approach to gather information to track poaching and trafficking.
H.E. Mr Malik Amin Aslam Khan would like to cooperate with WEMS team, realizing the strong need for having international regional forum to address the issues of climate change, pollution along with illegal wildlife and forest crimes.
Director General, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal
Mr. Man Bahadur Kadka, on the behalf of Honorable Minister of Forests and Environment of Nepal, Mr. Shakti Bahadur Basnet, mentions that wildlife and forest crime control is a top priority in Nepal. Therefore, the institutional mechanism in combating wildlife crimes various roles of the general public to the executive head. Further, the collaboration among law enforcement agencies and partner organizations prevail. Transcontinental cooperation, information from robust database, use of resources and technology is the current demand for effective global law enforcement.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Kingdom of Thailand
Dr. Vijarn Simachaya, underscored the need to enhance intergovernmental cooperation for meeting the technological commitments in addressing wildlife crime.
South-South Enhanced Cooperation Initiative Concept
“South-South Enhanced Cooperation Initiative” was proposed for discussion and consensus as an initiative to provide a platform at the highest political level, heads of states, and heads of governments from the Global South to come together and articulate the agenda based on their needs in terms of wildlife protection and biodiversity conservation.