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A million species threatened by human activity

(May 31, 2019) Calls for transformative change across all levels and factors.Paris, May 7, 2019: Around a million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades. Not only is this loss a direct result of human activity but also constitutes a direct threat to human well-being. Among the main drivers of this change are, changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution and invasive species.This is the conclusion of one of the most exhaustive...

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Kerala Forest Department organises Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation workshop

(May 27, 2019) Taking up conservation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity on a priority basis, the Kerala Forest Department organized a one-day workshop on “Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives in Kerala” on Saturday at its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.Senior officers from the Forest Department including Shri P.K. Kesavan, IFS (PCCF and Head of Forest Force (HoFF)), Shri Surendra Kumar, IFS (PCCF (WL) and CWW), and Shri V. Gopinathan, IFS (PCCF and HoFF, Retd.) were pres...

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A new species of pit viper from Arunachal

(May 15, 2019) May 14, 2019: Wildlife researcher Rohan Pandit and his teammate Wangchu Phiang first stumbled upon the new-to-science pit viper species in May 2016 while surveying biodiversity in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, reports Mongabay.  In a new paper, the researchers have described this species and named it Trimeresurus arunachalensis, or Arunachal pit viper. The researchers say the species is unique with features that distinguish it from all the other known species of pit vipers.T...

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Lessons from the field

(May 14, 2019) Students of the MSc course in Wildlife Biology and Conservation interacted with conservationists at WCS-India and learnt about the various aspects of conservation applied in the field, as well as the challenges involved. From the ingredients for a good relocation process to how wildlife trade is detected, they were given a quick view of the ground realities.Mr P M Muthanna giving a quick overview of the conservation activitiesAddressing the audience, Mr P M Muthanna, Assistant Director of Conser...

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WCS-India CWT Team meets Asia team

(May 09, 2019) Bangalore: Dr. Scott Roberton, Director, Counter Wildlife Trafficking Asia and Charlotte Davies, Analyst (CWT) and other WCS staff from Asia visited the WCS-India Bangalore office from 6th to 8th May. WCS-India CWT Team led by Prakriti Srivastava (Country Director),. Sahila Kudalkar (CWT Program Manager), Mridula Vijairaghavan (Legal Adviser), and Aristo Mendis (Researcher) had a productive interaction with the Asia team over the three days, where they exchanged notes on the progress of the CWT ...

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