The Asian Zero Poaching Symposium was held on February 2-6,2015
in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting brought governmental officers, NGOs, and IGOs,
to exchange the idea how to stop the poaching. The meeting was perhaps more
than any other events highlighted the utmost urgency of addressing the poaching
issue in this region. Across the entire continent, the most iconic, culturally
cherished, and ecologically indicative species were being poached to supply a
variety of illicit markets.
The situation was so dire for flagship species such as
tigers, elephants, and rhinos, which were recognized at this meeting. Only an
immediate and systematic government could stem and reverse the continual
draining of these biological resources from the regions. Fortunately, governments
are better positioned than ever to make successful intervention against poacher
and their networks.
The Asian Zero Poaching toolkit presented at this meeting was
provided a broad framework through which to do so. For the first time, this
meeting brough together the most modern and useful anti-poaching tools, system,
technologies and best practices.
This meeting would also catalyze a new regional effort that
will increase momentum to Zero Poaching, in other words, the beginning of the end
of poaching in Asian