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India, UK to join hands to tackle wildlife crime, trafficking

New Delhi, Jan. 3 (PTI): India and the United Kingdom on Thursday plegded to work together to tackle wildlife crime and join hands in conservation of vultures.

Tackling wildlife crime is one of the priorty areas for cooperation between the two sides and Britain may support India in capacity building, Britain’s Biodiversity Minister, Jim Knight, said after a meeting with Union Environment Minister, A Raja. There was also a lot of scope for information and experience sharing, said Knight, who is here to attend the Delhi Summit on Sustainable Development, organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Knight said "Stopping illegal trade in wildlife is not something that any government or nation can do alone. It requires international cooperation and the support of non-governmental organisations." Discussions between Indian and UK ministers also focused on vulture conservation as there is a widespread concen over their declining population in the region, mininstry officials said adding that the Vulture Breeding centre in Tanjore and UK’ Royal Society for Protection of Birds may cooperate in the area.