(Last Updated on : 03-04-2014)
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau or WCCB is a statutory organisation which was established on 6th June, 2007 following the amendment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972
under the Ministry of Environment and Forests
. WCCB aims to implement the policies and rules of the various State Governments
as well as those of the other wildlife
enforcement agencies of the nation. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has been the recipient of the 2010 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards for its marvellous contribution to the sphere of wildlife law enforcement in the nation which was awarded to its then Deputy Director, Ramesh Pandey. This WCCB has partnered with CIESEN-EARTH Institute, Columbia University and United Nations University through the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System Initiative.
The headquarters of this body is present in New Delhi
and it possesses five regional offices in the Indian cities
and Delhi. Amritsar
possesses the sub-regional offices of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau as well as five border units of the same organisation at Moreh
, Nathula and Motihari. It is mandatory for WCCB to strictly incorporate the regulations laid down by Under Section 38 (Z) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, of protecting the wildlife and defending it from all kinds of criminal activities. Its duty is to collect every kind of evidence connected to organized crime against wildlife and to punish the criminals. Other functions of WCCB involve setting up a central wildlife crime data bank and controlling the activities of different wildlife agencies with respect to the provisions of the Act, strengthening the wildlife crime enforcement agencies for the purposes of proper investigation into crimes committed against wildlife, advising the Government
on various subjects connected to wildlife crimes and also aides the Customs authorities in the evaluation of the deliveries of the vegetation
according to the guidelines laid by EXIM Policy, Wild Life Protection Act and CITES.
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