One-day Legal Workshop for staff of Dandeli–Anshi Tiger Reserve (DATR)

(16 March 2013)

Thirty-six forest officials from Dandeli–Anshi Tiger Reserve (DATR) attended a legal workshop organized by Freeland India’s Wildlife Legal Help Centre (WLHC), at the Kulgi Nature Camp in Dandeli, Karnataka on 16th March 2013, troubleshooting their wildlife crime law problems. Hosted by the Karnataka Forest Department, the one day seminar brought together Forest Department officials prosecuting and investigating wildlife crime cases with the legal experts of WLHC.

The participants ranged from senior officers like the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and the Chief Conservator of Forest to the junior ranking forest guards. They represented both wildlife sub-divisions of the tiger reserve, namely Dandeli and Anshi, and also included two members of the Castle Rock Forest Department, which was merged into Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012.

WLHCs legal experts introduced the participants to the various laws relevant to wildlife crime cases such as Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Evidence Act, Wild Life (Protection) Act and the Karnataka Forest Act. For many of the young recruits, this was their first introduction to some of these laws. Specific cases currently being dealt with by the department were also discussed. This was followed by a practical session, wherein Investigations and Paperwork were discussed and participants were trained on court presentation.  The seminar was carried out in Kannada and English.

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Participants with resource persons from the WLHC

The WLHC offers free legal advice to Indian enforcement officials investigating and prosecuting wildlife crimes. A toll free number or email (1-800-425-0575 or legalhelp@freelandindia.org) connects officials with a panel of legal experts who offer advice on their wildlife cases. For maximum impact, the WLHC also sends its experts out to offer advice to many participants at once.

The seminar was conducted as part of the ARREST Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking) sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). FI is the implementing organisation for ARREST activities in South Asia.

 


3 Comments

  1. r.amsarani

    Am interested to attend the workshop

  2. r.amsarani

    Already I have attended three workshop.am a teacher in cbse school. I interested to attend the workshops thank u

    • Hello!

      Thank your for your interest in our trainings. However, currently they are for enforcement personnel only. We will keep you posted once we expand workshops to the public as well.

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