Saturday, September 09, 2017

Training for airport staff to check illegal wildlife trade in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has planned to train security personnel manning the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in identification of wildlife items to prevent any possibility of trafficking through air route. The central agency, an arm of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), held discussions with the State and Central agencies operating in the State at its second inter-agency meeting here on Friday. Prospects of smugglers carrying wildlife items through the airport also came up for discussion. It was felt that since the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) carries out the checks through baggage scanners, they must be sensitised to identify wildlife items.

“There are various kinds of animal body parts which are trafficked and it can be prevented only if the security personnel are aware how to recognise and detect them. The staff manning the baggage scanners need specific training,” said sources. A training programme will be planned by WCCB with support from Wildlife Wing of the State Government and Wildlife Crime Cell for this purpose.

The meeting, chaired by Additional Director of WCCB Tilottama Verma, operational chief of the agency, also deliberated on how to develop ground-level intelligence and convert the same to action plans.
 The WCCB successfully carried out six joint operations in Bhubaneswar, Nayagarh and Bargarh recently during which it busted smuggling of monitor lizard body parts, ivory, pangolin scales, antelope horns and bear nails among other things.
09/09/17 New Indian Express