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Our comments on the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021

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Our comments on the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021
(January 31, 2022) Below are some of our comments and suggestions submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change concerning the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was tabled before the Rajya Sabha recently to amend the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (hereafter referred to as the BDA). These Amendments were introduced 20 years after the law was initially passed in 2002, in response to a long-standing demand from stakeholders to simplify, streamline and reduce compliance burden i...

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Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020

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Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020
(January 31, 2022) Illegal wildlife trade is recognised as a serious transnational crime. It is recorded to have an overall turnover of billions of dollars each year, requiring coordinated effort by several enforcement agencies to be tackled effectively. Our Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Programme aims to assist government agencies by providing access to information, skills, technology and expert support to tackle wildlife crime in India. The programme has been functional since 2019 and is run with the suppor...

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Jivan, a 6-year old male leopard radio-collared in Mumbai

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Jivan, a 6-year old male leopard radio-collared in Mumbai
(January 27, 2022) Jivan, a six-year-old male leopard that was radio-collared in Mumbai on 24 January 2022, is the latest of four individuals paving the path for understanding human-leopard interactions in the urban landscape.  The leopard was named 'Jivan' to honour the memory of Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel or J. C. Daniel who studied the leopards of Mumbai in the 1970s and 80s. His book titled, 'The Leopard in India', published in 1996, was among the first to collate anecdotes, st...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (December 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (December 2021)
(January 24, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter December 2021 Wildlife trade trivia     Illegal wildlife trade in December 2021     News scan (December 1 - 31) Big Cats Ten held for poaching leopard in Salekasa, chopping paws | Times of India It’s raining tiger and leopard skins and body parts in the region. In a raid on poachers, the Nagpur forest division officials arrested ten accused from Salekasa under Gondia forest division for h...

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Preliminary comments on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021

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Preliminary comments on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021
(January 19, 2022) These are our preliminary comments and recommendations on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 (hereafter referred to as the Draft Amendments) tabled before the Rajya Sabha recently to amend the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 (hereafter referred to as the WLPA).  At the outset, the work that has gone into the Draft Amendments should be appreciated as it has resulted in addressing several concerns of the members of the conservation community in India. The following aspects are...

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'
(January 06, 2022) We are proud to share that Prema, a resident of the Sollepura Voluntary Relocation Centre, H. D. Kote, has been honoured by yet another award given to farmers! Vijaya Karnataka, a leading Kannada daily, recently chose her as a ‘VK Super Star Raitha 2021’ (which translates to ‘super star farmer’). Here’s a small video that sums up Prema’s journey into farming. Watch video Following is the English translation of the same: 'Prema, a resident of th...

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