Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards Recipients for 2000

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 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 1999.

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 underway.

Mr. Clement L. P. Mwale has been Warden of ZAWA (formerly Zambia National Parks &Wildlife), Investigations & Intelligence Unit (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.

Mr. Mahamat Abakar & Mr. Mando were on patrol in an attempt to gain 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.