ROP MULLS CREATING DATABASE OF WILDLIFE SPECIES TO NAB POACHERS

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MUSCAT –

Poaching is a serious concern worldwide and countries across the world are working to expand and amp their facilities especially in wildlife forensic science. And Oman is not far behind.

The Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations is planning to create a database of wildlife species in the country to nab wildlife offenders. In this, it will be helped by the Directorate of Forensic Laboratory.

Wildlife forensics is a vital branch which deals with the identification of the species from biological remnants. This science has evolved very rapidly and has enormous scope in biodiversity conservation.

In an emailed reply to Muscat Daily, Brig Rashid bin Salim al Badi, director general of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations, said, “The cases concerning violation of Natural Reserves and Wildlife Conservation Law are followed by the ROP. The Directorate of Forensic Laboratory carries out technical examinations of referred samples and issues technical reports after which perpetrators are referred to competent bodies for legal action. As for keeping the DNA data of wildlife, there is an integrated project which serves this purpose.”

He said that the directorate is expanding its facilities in all governorates to improve the work mechanisms. “We are working on new laboratories in a number of police commands in the governorates to aid criminal investigation. We are upgrading our technical facilities too at all police commands to make the best use of modern technology. Employees are being provided necessary training to ensure that they play an important role in aiding criminal investigations and nabbing perpetrators.”

He said that the Directorate of Forensic Laboratory has the best occupational standards. “We are also qualified to carry out all laboratory examinations in the sultanate. No samples are sent to laboratories outside the sultanate.”

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