Khadka, N.S. (2008, May 21). 'Safe passage' for wildlife traffickers. BBC News. [Online]. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7412294.stm [2008, May 30].
trafficking; smuggling; trade; Nepal; poaching; enforcement; borders; patrol; crime
For many years, Nepal has been widely regarded as a conservation success.
But now it is emerging as an international transit point for illegal wildlife goods, particularly those being moved between India and China.
Sandwiched between the two Asian giants, Nepal has devoted nearly 20% of its land to national parks and protected areas that have conserved endangered animal and plant species.
But outside such preserved areas, highways and mountain trails are increasingly becoming transit routes for wildlife traffickers, conservationists and officials say.
"The amount of wildlife goods seized in the recent past really tells us that Nepal is indeed a transit point," says Prasanna Yonjan of Wildlife Conservation Nepal, an organisation that has helped authorities catch many traffickers and poachers.
"We know Nepal is a conduit for the international market, particularly the Orient. Most of the goods seized here are not products from Nepal but from down south, particularly...