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The Habitats Trust Grants 2019

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The Habitats Trust Grants 2019
(November 18, 2019)  The Habitats Trust announced the winners of The Second Habitats Trust Grants of up to 84 lakhs this week to four initiatives - Strategic Partnership, Lesser-known Habitats, Lesser-known Species and Conservation Hero Grants.WCS-India is pleased to be one of the finalists in the Strategic Partnership Grant Category.WCS-India would like to congratulate all the winners; Aaranyak, Coastal Impact, The Metastring Foundation, and Neethi Mahesh who are working towards lesser-known species and habit...

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One Week Training for IFS Officers on Voluntary Relocation - 2019

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One Week Training for IFS Officers on Voluntary Relocation - 2019
(November 11, 2019) The IFS officers training course “One-week compulsory training on voluntary relocation from Tiger Reserves” was conducted in Bhadra Tiger Reserve landscape from 11th to 15th November, 2019. The workshop is being organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), WCS-India, and supported by WildCANE and WildCAT-C. Twenty-one IFS officers from all over India actively participated in the training.(Left to Right) Bottom: Dhruv Gangadharan, Mahendar Kumar Jain, ...

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Planting an Urban Forest

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Planting an Urban Forest
(November 09, 2019) WCS-India staff volunteered at an urban planting event hosted by one of our collaborators on Saturday. Tree planting in cities creates green spaces that are recreational and beneficial to the well-being of city dwellers. When such plantation efforts carefully select native tree species, ensure aftercare for the survival of these trees, and are guided by science, it is helpful in the restoration of ecosystem services.  

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Participation in 9th Annual Summit on Anti-Money Laundering by Fintelekt

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Participation in 9th Annual Summit on Anti-Money Laundering by Fintelekt
(November 08, 2019) Prakriti Srivastava, Country Director, WCS-India was invited as a speaker at the Annual Summit on Anti-Money Laundering organized by Fintelekt to draw the attention of the financial sector towards the close links between wildlife trafficking and money laundering.Prakriti Srivastava, Country Director WCS-India The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 lists wildlife trade as a predicate offence, but remains an extremely underutilized provision. Close engagement with the financial sector w...

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WCS-India signs MoU with NCF

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WCS-India signs MoU with NCF
(November 05, 2019) A shoal of squirrelfish under the coral crevices © Vardhan PatankarFollowing productive discussions with Dr. Rohan Arthur (Founding Trustee, Senior Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation) and Dr. Teresa Alcoverro (Adjunct Faculty, Nature Conservation Foundation) on the 31st of July, 2019, WCS-India signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oceans and Coasts Program of the Nature Conservation Foundation (OCP-NCF).The purpose of the MoU is to facilitate collaborative work between ...

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Discussions on habitat consolidation with Dr. Luke Hunter

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Discussions on habitat consolidation with Dr. Luke Hunter
(November 04, 2019) Big cat biologist Dr. Luke Hunter, the Executive Director of the Big Cats Program at Wildlife Conservation Society visited Nagarahole, Bandipur, and Wayanad during his visit to India. Further, Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, Director WCS-India, and WCS-India staff briefed him on the current projects and the importance of consolidating habitats in the Western and Eastern Ghats through voluntary relocation and other interventions. He was also brought up to date on future work in collaborat...

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WCS-India signs MoU with WII

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WCS-India signs MoU with WII
(October 31, 2019) A shoal of bluefin trevally in South Andaman Island | © Vardhan PatankarFollowing fruitful discussions with Dr. Sivakumar (Scientist F, Department of Endangered Species Management, Wildlife Institute of India) on the 19th of October 2019, WCS-India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).The purpose of the MoU is to facilitate collaborative work between WCS-India and WII to further marine conservation in India. Both the organisations aim to join...

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'Super farmer' wins another award and meets Luke Hunter, WCS

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'Super farmer' wins another award and meets Luke Hunter, WCS
(October 28, 2019) Big cat biologist and the Executive Director, Big Cats Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Luke Hunter met with Daasi, the “Super Farmer” and Basappa at the WCS-India head office in Bangalore.Daasi and Basappa were the beneficiaries who relocated from Nagarahole National Park, over 10 years ago. Daasi also got to interact with Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS, Country Director WCS-India, and thanked her for all the support WCS-India has provided them over the years. Luke was al...

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Workshop on Wildlife Monitoring for Kerala Forest Department Staff

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Workshop on Wildlife Monitoring for Kerala Forest Department Staff
(October 24, 2019) The second module of the training workshop regarding Capacity-Building of Officers and Staff of Kerala Forest Department Involved in Wildlife Monitoring in Collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society – India was held at the WCS-India Bengaluru office on 21, 22 and 23 of October 2019.Seven Wildlife Assistants (from Munnar Wildlife Division, Wayanad WLS, Parambikulam TR, Silent Valley NP, Shendurney WLS and Forest Head Quarters, Thriuvananthapuram) and two members of the Parambikulam Ti...

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Workshop on Wildlife Monitoring for Kerala Forest Department Staff

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Workshop on Wildlife Monitoring for Kerala Forest Department Staff
(October 24, 2019) The second module of the training workshop regarding Capacity-Building of Officers and Staff of Kerala Forest Department Involved in Wildlife Monitoring in Collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society – India was held at the WCS-India Bengaluru office on 21, 22 and 23 of October 2019. Seven Wildlife Assistants (from Munnar Wildlife Division, Wayanad WLS, Parambikulam TR, Silent Valley NP, Shendurney WLS and Forest Head Quarters, Thriuvananthapuram) and two members of the Parambiku...

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