The Union Cabinet on 1 June 2016 gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States (US) and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking.
The MoU seeks cooperation in the following areas:
• Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Genetics: Useful in species conservation efforts and better scientific evidence collection in wild life crimes leading to better enforcement.
• Natural World Heritage Conservation: Facilitating the institutional capacity of the existing UNESCO Category -2 - centre at Wildlife Institute of India.
• Nature Interpretation and Conservation Awareness: Use of information technology in strengthening interface of forest managers with the people for sensitising people, especially the youth and children in understanding complex issues of conservation of biological diversity.
Benefits of the approval
• It will help India to benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation and management of wildlife areas.
• It will help in combating illegal trade of wildlife and their derivatives.
With this MoU, India and the US, can share their professional expertise to address priority wildlife conservation concerns. It would also provide a convenient platform for collaboration.
Moreover, the two nations are endowed with rich biodiversity and natural heritage. They also have established a network of Protected Areas in their respective territories.
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When: 1 June 2016