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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown
(April 07, 2020) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the nation, the safety and livelihood of forest communities has been shrouded in uncertainty.At this juncture, inspiration can be taken from the Kerala Forest Department’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus within forest communities in the state. The Department has proactively put in place a series of measures to support them during the lockdown enforced by the Centre.Kerala forest officials providing rations to fo...

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Namdapha Tiger Reserve, NTCA and WCS-India organize workshop for field officials in Arunachal Pradesh

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Namdapha Tiger Reserve, NTCA and WCS-India organize workshop for field officials in Arunachal Pradesh
(March 03, 2020) February 19, 2020: The Namdapha Tiger Reserve of Arunachal Pradesh, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Regional Office, Guwahati, and WCS-India conducted a training module for field personnel on wildlife law enforcement and combating wildlife trafficking at the headquarters of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh from Feb 19 to 21. Two researchers from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (WII) were also invited to train field staff on the use of patrol software MSTrIPES dev...

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Attempts to give the bustard species a flying start

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Attempts to give the bustard species a flying start
(February 28, 2020) The Great Indian Bustard has long been Critically Endangered, having disappeared from 90% of its former range in India. A Ministry of Environment report prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimated a 75% reduction in population in the last 30 years. The largest remaining population is found in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Conservation efforts have intensified in the recent past, yet significant threats to the bird’s survival remain. The panel on ‘The Final Flight...

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Forest Range Officers in TN attend a full-fledged workshop on countering illegal wildlife trade

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Forest Range Officers in TN attend a full-fledged workshop on countering illegal wildlife trade
(February 28, 2020) February 25, Coimbatore: The Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (TNFA), the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WCS-India organized a two-day workshop from February 25-26 aimed at building capacity of Forest Range Officers to detect wildlife contraband and improve investigation to ultimately facilitate higher conviction rates. As many as 28 Forest Range Officers from across the state attended the training arranged on the TNFA premises in Coimbatore. Forest Range Officers in TN attend a training on ille...

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WCS-India hosts a side event at CMS COP13 to discuss Marine Conservation

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WCS-India hosts a side event at CMS COP13 to discuss Marine Conservation
(February 27, 2020) The 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) was hosted by India at Gandhinagar, Gujarat from the 15th to the 22nd of February, 2020. The theme of the meeting was ‘Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home’. The WCS-India Marine Conservation Program organised a side-event on 20th February, titled Navigating Troubled Waters: Conserving India’s Vast Marine...

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For conservation, it’s ecological boundaries that are critical, not political ones

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For conservation, it’s ecological boundaries that are critical, not political ones
(February 26, 2020) The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), a field project of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – India, organised an event titled ‘Transboundary Conservation of Threatened Freshwater Fauna’ on February 20 at CMS CoP 13. The event was aimed towards transboundary issues and revolved around ways to garner international cooperation for conservation of certain iconic and threatened species such as the Northern River Terrapin, Gharial, Ganges River Dolphin and Hilsa.Panelists: (from left...

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All about Sharks and Rays conservation at WCS - India

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(February 26, 2020) 26 February 2020, Bengaluru: Mr. Luke Warwick, Associate Director for Sharks and Rays program at WCS, New York, USA and Mr. Daniel Fernando, Co-Founder of the Blue Resources Trust in Sri Lanka, visited the WCS-India office in Bengaluru on February 26th. The day-long meeting involved Prakriti Srivastava, Director, WCS-India, and WCS-India’s Marine team briefing the visitors on the current projects and the upcoming Sharks and Rays project in India.Mr. Warwick spoke about the WCS’s Shar...

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WCS-India at CMS-CoP 13

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(February 20, 2020) India is hosting the Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CoP13 India) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat between the 15th and 22nd February 2020.The theme of this meeting is “Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home”.WCS-India is organizing four side-events, two events at the India Pavilion and an exhibition.15th February, 2020 (Day 1)Exhibition: An exhibition ...

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“India must disrupt the organized criminal network to stop illegal wildlife trade”: Lieberman

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(February 19, 2020) Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-India, in collaboration with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), and TRAFFIC – India, organised a side event titled ‘Control of Illegal Trade in Wildlife Including Migratory Species’ at CMS-CoP13 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Wednesday.Speaking at the event, Dr. Susan Lieberman, Vice President, International Policy, WCS, said ...

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IFS Workshop on Voluntary Relocation in Bhadra TR, 2019: Participant's reaction - T Mohan Raj

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(January 22, 2020) IFS officers from across the country participated in “One-week compulsory training on voluntary relocation from Tiger Reserves” jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) and WCS-India with the support from WildCAT-C & WildCANE from November 11th to 15th, 2019. T Mohan Raj, DCF, Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve, Kota, Rajastan, talks about the workshop.https://youtu.be/cVITTAmZZsk

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