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Entries for April 2019

Meeting with Assam Forest Department

(April 29, 2019) R to L: Mr AK Johari, IFS, Spl PCCF (Biodiversity and Climate Change), Ms. Sahila Kudalkar (WCS-India), Dr. Ranjana Gupta, IFS, PCCF(Wildlife) & CWLW, Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS, (WCS-India Country Director), Mr. Dp Bankhwal, IFS, (retd. CWLW Assam & currently CWT Project Leader, WCS-India) and Mr. M. Hussain, DCF O/o PCCF (Wildlife)Assam: The WCS-India team comprising Country Director Prakriti Srivastava, IFS, Retd. Chief Wildlife Warden (Assam) and Project Leader Combating Wildl...

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Two Day Workshop on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking in Kawal Tiger Reserve

(April 25, 2019) A two-day training was conducted by WCS-India and Telangana State Forest Department at Kawal Tiger Reserve Forest Office Complex, Nirmal. The training focused on building capacity of forest officers to understand the scale of wildlife trade, impacts of wildlife trafficking, protocols to be followed during investigation, search and seizure, powers entrusted to the forest officers under India’s wildlife protection law and efforts to improve conviction rate of wildlife criminals in the state....

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WCS-India team visits Eaglenest Sanctuary

(April 24, 2019) L to R: Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, Mr. Millo Tasser, IFS, WCS-India Country Director Prakriti Srivastava ᠌and Ms. Sahila KudalkarWCS-India Country Director Prakriti Srivastava along with Sahila Kudalkar (Program Manager, Combating Wildlife Trafficking) visited Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and the neighbouring Singchum Community Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh from 19th-22nd April 2019. Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, WCS-India, who has played a crucial role in getting the community together and forming the commun...

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Film Screening: Wilderness Rekindled

(April 23, 2019) Bangalore: A film screening was held at WCS-India head office in Bangalore. The film, Wilderness Rekindled: Partnering Nagaland's Conservation Movement is made by WCS-India staff Pragyan Sharma and it showcases the work done by the team led by WCS-India scientists Dr. Varun Goswami and Dr. Divya Vasudev.The film, based on a project that started over three years ago, is a journey of how science and community engagement is informing conservation in Nagaland, hand-in-hand with its pe...

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WCS-India team holds talks with BSF Commandant

(April 17, 2019) The WCS-India team led by Country Director Prakriti Srivastava, IFS met with Mr. Suresh Kumar, Commandant (Training and Establishment), Border Security Force, Guwahati along with the rest of the Combating Wildlife Trafficking team members Ms. Sahila Kudalkar and Mr. Arijit Ghosh. Mr. Kumar and Ms. Srivastava discussed ways to build capacity by training BSF personnel to detect wildlife crime and identify commonly trafficked wildlife species, parts and products.WCS-India plans to take the BSF-WCS ...

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WCS-India team meets Nagaland FD

(April 16, 2019) The WCS-India team led by Country Director Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Program Manager, Combating Wildlife Trafficking Ms. Sahila Kudalkar and Research Associate Mr. Aristo Mendis met with the Chief Wildlife Warden Mr. S.P. Tripathi, IFS along with the Additional PCCF Mr. M.M Ngullie (Territorial), IFS, Wildlife Warden Tokaho Kinimi, IFS, and Deputy Conservator of Forests & Wildlife Warden Mr. Suman WM Sivachar, IFS from the Nagaland Forest Department. The two teams had a productive ...

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TSA-India: Slowly and Steadily winning the conservation race

(April 14, 2019) The Turtle Survival Alliance India, a close partner of WCS-India, has been doing some amazing work across the Gangetic landscape in Uttar Pradesh and has recently begun to expand activities in parts of the north-east also. WCS-India Country Director Prakriti Srivastava who visited some of the sites with the project team was impressed with the dedication of the team and expressed a need to explore deeper ties with TSA India to foster conservation.Besides its flagship turtle conservation activitie...

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Efficient genotyping from poor quality samples empowers conservation

(April 10, 2019) April 10, 2019: The key to solving a mystery is finding the right clues. Wildlife detectives aiming to protect endangered species have long been hobbled by the near impossibility of collecting DNA samples from rare and elusive animals. Now, researchers at Stanford and the National Centre for Biological Sciences at India's Tata Institute of Fundamental Research have developed a method for extracting genetic clues quickly and cheaply from degraded and left-behind materials, such as faeces, skin or...

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Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat

(April 05, 2019) India harbours approximately half of the total population of the endangered wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). They need large areas for survival and are considered as “umbrella species” as their conservation also protects other species that occupy that same habitat. However, like many other animals, elephants are also facing the heat of a changing climate, and are a victim of habitat loss. In a recent study, an international team of researchers from India, Spain,...

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KNP neutral in its 'carbon book-keeping'

(April 05, 2019) Mongabay reports: According to research carried out as part of the ‘Metflux India’ project by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, the forest ecosystem shows a see-saw effect: it fluctuates from being a carbon source to sink during the course of the year with the change in seasons.A forest is considered to be a carbon sink if it absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. Plants sponge-off carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for photosynth...

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