Mr. Soumen Biswas had been gathering valuable information on the
illegal wildlife trade in India since 1994, when he was brutally
murdered in his office at the North-Eastern Society for Preservation of
Nature and Wildlife on 19 October 1997.
Mr. Deb Roy
Mr. Deb Roy dedicated his life to the conservation of India's wildlife
as Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam in the late 1980s and as Additional
Inspector General of Forests at the Central Ministry of Environment and
Forests. He is remembered for his exemplary service in the field and
for his deep understanding of the forests, wildlife and people who live
and work in them. Mr. Roy retired in 1992 and passed away in August
Mr. Frances Lesilau is a Rendille officer with the Meru National Park
Unit in Kenya. Since 24 December 1999, there have been six contacts
with bandits, eight weapons recovered, three poachers killed, two
wounded, and several arrests in Meru. Numerous operations are still
Clement L. P. Mwale
Mr. Clement L. P. Mwale has been Warden of ZAWA (formerly Zambia
National Parks &Wildlife), Investigations &
(IIU) since 1995. He is also a Field Officer of the Lusaka Agreement
Task Force. Since launching IIU, he has led over 400 successful
investigations into the illegal wildlife trade with his unit.
Dr. Diwakar Sharma has been dedicating himself to wildlife enforcement
in Uttar Pradesh, India, for twenty years. As Honorary Wildlife Warden
of Haridwar and Dehradun Districts, regular patrols organized by him
and his team have significantly reduced poaching.
Mrs. Jytte Ekdahl is a Danish Police Officer who, for the past three
years, has been coordinating the activities of the Interpol Working
Group on Wildlife Crime. Mrs. Ekdahl has made numerous contributions to
various Interpol projects that have resulted in a better understanding
of the magnitude and mechanisms of wildlife crime.
Mahamat Abakar & Mr. Mando
Mr. Mahamat Abakar & Mr. Mando were on patrol in an attempt to
control of intense poaching in Chad's Zakoouma National Park when they
both were killed on 3 December 1998 in an ambush that was set up to
intercept the two rangers.
Mr. Lee Chung-Shing has been Head of Taiwan's Wildlife Protection Unit
(WPU) for more than 4 years, guiding the WPU to a success rate that is
admired by law enforcement agencies around the world, 140 cases have
been investigated to date, with an 88 percent conviction rate.
Mr. Adan Ware Dullo, of Kenya, heads the Lusaka Agreement Task Force.
Still within the first year of activity, Mr. Dullo and the Task Force
have participated in a number of stunning operations. Mr. Dullo has
also participated in many initiatives as an African Regional
Representative to the Interpol Working Group on Wildlife Crime.