USAID’s Bagh Activity (a project implemented by WildTeam) organized a two-day training on advanced wildlife crime analysis for Bangladesh Forest Department (FD) officials on 15-16 March 2017 in Khulna to enhance the spatial, temporal and network analysis capacity of wildlife crime within FD staff.
The advanced training was a follow-up of the basic wildlife crime analysis training for frontline FD staff conducted by Bagh in 2016. A total of nine FD officials responsible for data analysis at Khulna Geographic Information System (GIS) lab and different wildlife crime prevention outposts of both Sundarbans west and Sundarbans east divisions participated in the training along with six staff from Bagh's Anti-Trafficking Action team. Nasir Uddin, Analyst & Law enforcement monitoring (LEM) Team Leader and Parmita Sarkar, Database Officer of Bagh's Anti-Trafficking Action work stream facilitated the training.
Conservator of Forests, Khulna Circle and Project Director of USAID’s Bagh Activity Mr. Md. Amir Hosain Chowdhury opened the training as the Chief Guest at the GIS lab of FD's Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division in Boyra, Khulna. Mr. Md. Sayed Ali, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans West, Mr. Modinul Ahsan, DFO of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation and Md. Bashirul Al Mamun, Assistant Chief Conservator of Forests (ACCF), Khulna Circle and Bagh’s Regional Manager Mr. Malay Kumar Sarkar attended the opening season as Special Guests. Social network analysis; criminal network analysis; mapping crime villages; introduction and use of Cytoscape and design actions to prevent organized wildlife crime were the key modules covered in the training.
Crime analysis is a technique commonly used by urban law enforcement operations to identify patterns and devise intervention strategies. USAID's Bagh Activity, Panthera and Awely have been working with Forest Department and other stakeholders to strengthen the government’s capacity in wildlife crime prevention.