Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Estate for Environment and Forests (I/C), released a Manual on Wildlife Species in Trade here today. It combines all the existing and the newly s added manual at one place as a handy tool for identification and familiarization of species. It comprises of mammals included in Schedule I, II,III, IV, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Butterfly, Fishes, Coral Fishes, Molluscs, Microscopic hair signature pattern. The flora section includes Red Sanders, medical plants in trade (Schedule VI).It also contain detailed catalogue on wildlife samples, wildlife trade through foreign Post Offices etc.
The Wildlife Crime Control Buraeu (WCCB) brought out this handbook .It will serve as a ready reference for many enforcement agencies. It will help them to visually recognise various wildlife contrabands before the confirmatory tests which they come across during inspections, surveillance, baggage screening etc.
The second meeting of the Special Coordination Committee on wildlife crimes also met today. They discussed about inclusion of wildlife crime modules in the training programmes of the Border Guarding Forces, screening of postal parcels and couriers at sensitive areas and exit points and checking of ID proofs of the consignees, training of intelligence to the officials of bureau, non-compliance of CITES provision sat exit points mainly by Inland Container Depots and remotely located dry ports and releasing consignments under scrutiny, intelligence sharing mechanism with Border Guarding Forces at important points, trans-boundary sensitization and others.