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Wildlife Conservation Society-India echoes the vision and mission of WCS Global


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) stands for wildlife and wild places.


© Vardhan Ptankar
Photo Credit: © Vardhan Ptankar
OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

WCS saves wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale since our founding in 1895. Wildlife Conservation Society has furthered its global mission in India since 1988.

OUR VISION

OUR VISION

WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

© Amith Bangre
Photo Credit: © Amith Bangre


About WCS-India

In accordance with the global mission, WCS-India’s overarching goal is the protection and conservation of the natural environment, its flora and fauna, and in particular the preservation of wildlife and wild places in India. We combine wildlife conservation action and strategic policy interventions with rigorous principles of conservation science, and forge long-lasting productive partnerships with governmental and non-governmental partners as well as with local communities. Our conservation action addresses the overarching threats of habitat fragmentation, poaching and wildlife trade as well as human-wildlife conflict, which impacts our biodiversity and its habitats. 

Based on these principles, WCS-India's work has facilitated the consolidation of critical natural spaces while also bringing thousands of marginalized people into the mainstream to access a better quality of life. 

Considering the ever-changing facets of the issues and challenges associated with wildlife conservation, WCS-India’s objectives encompass a range of ecosystems and species across the country— from the dense forests of Karnataka and Kerala, and the tropical deciduous forests of Eastern Ghats, to the arid grasslands of Rajasthan; from the unique riverine habitats of the North and North East India landscape to the vibrant coral reefs of the Lakshadweep Islands.

 

© Amith Bangre
Photo Credit: © Amith Bangre

WCS-India is currently working across 20 states in India to address a diverse range of conservation issues, which include:

  • Consolidation of critical wildlife habitats and corridors in the Protected Area network in Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats landscapes via facilitation of government-sponsored voluntary relocation scheme, private purchase of critical land parcels, and expansion of protected areas.
  • Countering illegal wildlife trafficking by capacity enhancement of enforcement agencies and addressing legal and technical gaps.
  • Conservation of the marine and coastal ecosystems in India by strengthening the marine protected area network, improving the conservation status of sharks and rays in India, and mitigating bycatch of marine megafauna.
  • Mitigating human-wildlife conflict through awareness generation, stakeholder engagement, and community involvement.
  • Conservation of India’s charismatic and threatened fauna with community involvement and support to government efforts.

We are working in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders to ensure persistence of highly threatened fauna including the Great Indian Bustard in Rajasthan; Leopards (& their Prey) in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal; Dholes in Karnataka and Kerala; Elephants in West Bengal and the Western Ghats; Tigers (& their Prey) in the Eastern and Western Ghats; Sharks and ray species, marine mammals and sea turtles in India; highly threatened freshwater turtles and tortoise species such as the Red Crowned Roofed Turtle and the Northern River Terrapin in the Terai Arc Landscape, National Chambal Sanctuary as well as the North east including Nagaland; and all wildlife species impacted by illegal wildlife trade in India. 


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Photo Copyrights: Vardhan Patankar, Kalyan Varma, Amith Bangre, Indrajit Ghorpade

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Address: 551, 7th Main Road Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, 2nd Phase Bengaluru - 560097 Karnataka, India https://g.page/WCS-India?share | 080-2973-7455