Illegal wildlife trade
To combat illegal trade in wildlife
and plant products, WWF's Living Himalayas Initiative will conduct training programmes in anti-poaching. WWF will also create comunity-based anti-poaching units based on existing successful examples, such as in Chitwan national park
in Nepal. This technique has greatly reduced poaching in the park
and provided communities with a sense of responsibility for their environment and wildlife.
The Living Himalayas Initiative also aims to establish a joint India-Nepal education campaign to deter people from using wildlife products. At the same time, WWF will promote inter-agency relationships
with organisations working for the same cause, such as South Asia Wildlife Trade Initiative
(SWATI). And continue to assist governmet enforcement agencies in monitoring wildlife trade through field investigations and studies, raids and seizures and training.
WWF views human-wildlife conflict
as a priority issue for its work on species conservation. A key aspect of any work is that it benefits both the wildlife and local people. In most cases, creative solutions have demonstrated that people can live alongside wildlife while developing sustainable livelihoods.
To reduce human-wildlife conflict, WWF’s Living Himalayas Initiative continues to focus on: