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Asia Environmental Enforcement Award – 2020 : By UNEP

Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 :

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award-2020 awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

  • WCCB got the award twice in three years. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has been awarded this year under the Innovation category.
  • Earlier, the Bureau had received the award in 2018 under the same category.

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB):

  • Status: A statutory body constituted under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • Parent Agency: Ministry of Environment and Forests.
  • Mandate: To combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
  • Location: The Bureau has its headquarter in New Delhi and five regional offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Jabalpur.
  • WCCB has developed an online Wildlife Crime Database Management System to get real-time data to analyze trends in wildlife crimes across India.
  • This system has been successfully used for carrying out operations such as Operation Save Kurma, Thunderbird, Wildnet, Lesknow, Birbil, Thunderstorm, Lesknow-II, etc resulting in huge seizures of Tiger/Leopard Skin/bones, Rhino Horn, Elephant Ivory etc.