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WCS-India signs MoU with WII

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

'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

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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WCS-India conducts 'Art of Making Conservation Work' workshop at SCCS 2019

WCS-India conducts 'Art of Making Conservation Work' workshop at SCCS 2019
(October 16, 2019) WCS-India conducted a workshop titled, "Art of Making Conservation Work" at the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Bangalore. The objective of the workshop was to explain the nuances and complexities of conservation science. The need for conservation advocacy and reflect on various methods of making conservation work.Praveen Bhargav, Managing Trustee of Wildlife FirstThere were presentations from Prakriti Srivastava, Addl. PCCF Rank IFS officer and Director of WCS-Ind...

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WCS-India meets the Kerala PCCF (Wildlife) & CWW, Mr Surendra Kumar, IFS

WCS-India meets the Kerala PCCF (Wildlife) & CWW, Mr Surendra Kumar, IFS
(October 11, 2019) Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala Forest Department, Mr. Surendra met with WCS-India team Ms Prakriti Srivastava, IFS (Country Director) along with Mr Venu Parameshwar (Finance Director), Dr Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr Avik Banerjee (Project Associate), Ms Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate), Mr. Karan Deshpande (Project Assistant) and Ms Paromita Ray (Head Ecotourism), Mr Vishal Rasal (Project Associate, Ecotourism),...

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Marine conservation team visits FORV Sagar Sampada campaign against plastic pollution

Marine conservation team visits FORV Sagar Sampada campaign against plastic pollution
(October 02, 2019) WCS – India’s marine conservation program team consisting of Dr. Vardhan Patankar, Head, Mr. Avik Banerjee and Ms. Zoya Tyabji, Project Associates, received an opportunity to attend a unique campaign against plastic pollution on board the Fishery Oceanographic Research Vessel (FORV), Sagar Sampada of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES).To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE) o...

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WCS – India marine team holds talks with CMLRE

WCS – India marine team holds talks with CMLRE
(October 01, 2019) Oct 1, 2019: A delegation of the Wildlife Conservation Society – India (WCS – India) met members of the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE) at the CMLRE headquarters in Kochi. The Head of the Marine Conservation Program, WCS – India, Dr. Vardhan Patankar and Project Associates Mr. Avik Banerjee and Ms. Zoya Tyabji held talks with Mr. M. Sudhakar, Scientist – G (Director. CMLRE) and Scientist- C, Shri Subramanian.Marine team presented the mandate of WCS ...

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Wildlife trafficking workshop held for the Wokha Forest Department

(September 06, 2019) Participants at the workshopA two-day capacity building workshop was organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society-India with the Wokha Forest Division, Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Nagaland. The training focused on building capacity of 30 frontline personnel including officers from Forest & Police Department, and Dobashis (in-charge of adjudicating on customary law matters). The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Chonpenthung Ezung, SDO (Civil) HQ Wokha, Mr. ...

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Best practices to follow after detecting Wildlife Crime

(August 30, 2019) The Counter Wildlife Trafficking Team of WCS-India held a discussion with the staff regarding Best Practices to be followed when a wildlife offence is detected. Mridula Vijairaghavan, WCS-India's Legal Advisor spoke to the staff about importance of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and on how to aid enforcement in taking action against wildlife offenders.She spoke about the course of action WCS-India staff should take when they come across a wildlife offence. This may be by providing detailed...

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WCS-India Country Director visits SGNP

(August 16, 2019) August 14, 2019: Country Director Ms Prakriti Srivastava visited Mumbai where WCS-India has been involved in long-term work with the Maharashtra Forest Department in order to mitigate human leopard conflict. The visit covered the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) which is home to the highest density of leopards reported anywhere in the world. The park is also surrounded by the metropolis of Mumbai where human densities are extremely high.Country Director WCS-I Prakriti Srivastava with staff Vid...

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