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Project: Development of Training Modules and Conduct Training on Wildlife and Forest Crime

On going project : 26 Jun, 2019

This project was implemented during June-November 2016 with funding from UNODC, The World Bank and Department of Forests, GoB. The project focuses specifically on capacity building of forest officers, forest guards, associate law enforcement officials and officers of the judiciary through training, orientation which would aim at countering organized crime. The overall goal of the project is preventing and controlling wildlife and forest crimes through effective and strengthened law enforcement response and increased prosecutorial and judicial capacities to address the crime.

Main activities are as follows:

A Consultation Workshop for Training Need Assessment was organized at Dhaka with relevant key stakeholders namely officials of the Forest Department, Wildlife Crime Control Unit, personnel of Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection (SRCWP) Project, representatives of Prosecutor’s Office, Police Department, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coast Guard, UNODC, and NGOs. The workshop aimed for training need assessment/identifying training needs for the three categories of target groups namely i) forest guards, boatmen, and equivalent law enforcing staff from police, border guard, coast guard and customs; and ii) foresters, forest rangers, deputy forest rangers and equivalent law enforcing officials from police, border guard, coast guard and customs; and iii) judiciary officials.

Two Training Modules, one for forest officials and law enforcing agencies and another for field level forest personnel and law enforcing agencies were developed. In addition, an Orientation Guideline for Judiciary Officials was also prepared.

A Training of Trainers (ToT) was organized in consultation with the UNODC and Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection (SRCWP) Project of Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD). The participants of the ToT were mostly government officials from the Forest Department, law enforcing agencies, judicial personnel and potential trainers, who in turn will act as Resource persons for the above two types of training and orientation workshops with the judiciary personnel. About 25 participants attended the ToT.

Ten training courses were conducted for foresters, forest guards, boatmen and law enforcing agencies in 10 districts of Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions of Bangladesh.

Six Orientation workshops on Wildlife and Forest Crime for Judicial Officials were organized in 6 districts namely Bagerhat, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Khulna, Moulvibazar and Satkhira districts.