Freeland Trust of India Boosts Enforcement Capacity on Wildlife Law

FREELAND IndiaKulgi_groupLegal experts from Freeland Trust of India’s Wildlife Legal Help Centre (WLHC) conducted a one-day workshop on wildlife laws for 36 staff and officers of the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve in Karnataka State. Hosted by the Karnataka Forest Department, the workshop included participants from all ranks, ranging from Forest Guard to Additional. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. The comprehensive workshop focused on the laws related to the protection of wildlife, namely, the Wildlife (Protection) Act, Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code and Evidence Act. As most of the participants were young recruits, this was their first introduction to the legal procedures used to combat wildlife crime. The workshop ended with a practical session, which focused on offering resolutions to specifc cases which are currently being handled by various departments. The ARREST program continues to support the Wildlife Legal Help Centre.

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