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What can coral identification reveal about coral reefs?

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What can coral identification reveal about coral reefs?
(July 31, 2020) Coral reefs are the celebrities of the oceans: exceptionally photogenic, colourful and always the talk of the town when it comes to marine biodiversity. They also happen to be infamous models to show the negative impacts of climate change on the oceans. These are some of the aspects of coral reefs which are in the limelight. But there is so much more to the coral reef universe that we recently discovered through coral identification. Put simply, it involves identifying the taxonomic groups of co...

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Virendra Tiwari – The Guardian of Maharashtra’s Forests

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Virendra Tiwari – The Guardian of Maharashtra’s Forests
(July 08, 2020) Virendra Tiwari, a dynamic officer from the Indian Forest Service (1990 batch), took the baton of running the Mangrove Cell as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and an ex-officio Executive Director of the Mangrove Foundation. In this interview with Moon Bhandari, WCS-India, he talks about encountering a myriad of forestry subjects and milestones in his service of 29 years.Photo courtesy: Virendra TiwariCan you tell us about your journey of serving in territorial ranges to Mantral...

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“Conservation is not the mandate of a single department, every single individual has to work for conservation.”: An interview with R Keerthi, Director, State Forest Training Institute, Kerala

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“Conservation is not the mandate of a single department, every single individual has to work for conservation.”: An interview with R Keerthi, Director, State Forest Training Institute, Kerala
(July 06, 2020) From ranking first in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam nearly nine years ago, to now leading the State Forest Training Institute (STFI), Walayar, Kerala, R Keerthi has come a long way in her prestigious career as a forest officer.We spoke to her about her motivations for serving in the IFS, her biggest learning experiences, and her current role as Director, STFI.Tell us a little bit about your motivations behind joining the IFS. What drew you to it?I always loved nature. When I was a kid, wa...

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