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A CoP18 update for India

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(September 03, 2019) Compiled by Aditi RajanNot to be assumed as a win for conservation, but as a ‘nudge’ to bring focus to threatened species, the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) was held in Geneva (Switzerland) between 17th & 28th August 2019. Originally scheduled to take place in Colombo between 23rd May to 3rd June 2019, the convention was rescheduled to Geneva citing security concer...

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Best practices to follow after detecting Wildlife Crime

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(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

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(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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WCS-India & Dakshin Foundation explore collaboration

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(August 09, 2019) August 8, 2019: WCS-India team including Country Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate), Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate), Mr. Karan Deshpande (Project Assistant) and Mr. Dhruv Gangadharan Arvind (Program Assistant) met with delegates of the Dakshin Foundation team - Dr. Naveen Namboothri (Director and Founder Trustee) and Dr. Kartik Shanker (Founder Trustee).Dr. Namboothri introduced Dak...

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WCS – India marine conservation program meets with NCF’s Oceans and Coasts team

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(August 05, 2019) 31st July 2019: WCS-India team including Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS (Country Director), Mr. Venu Parameshwar (Finance Director), Mr. Praneet Goteti (Chief Development Officer), along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate) and Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate) met with delegates of the Nature Conservation Foundations’ Oceans and Coasts programme team- Dr. Rohan Arthur (Founding Trustee and Senior Scientist) and Dr. Teresa Alc...

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WCS-India holds talks with Mangrove Foundation

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(July 24, 2019) July 24, 2019: A delegation of the Wildlife Conservation Society-India  met members of the Mangrove Cell, Maharashtra Forest Department at the Mangrove Cell Headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate) and Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate) met and held talks with Mr. N. Vasudevan, IFS (Addl. PCCF (Mangrove), Maharashtra Forest Department), Ms. Neenu Somraj, IF...

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Workshop on forensic applications in wildlife crime control

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(July 12, 2019) July 11, 2019: WCS-India in association with the University of Portsmouth and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) conducted a workshop on 'Forensic Applications in Wildlife Crime Control' for forest officials at Guwahati, Assam. The workshop that focused on tackling wildlife crime using science and forensic methods was inaugurated by Mr. S P Vashisht, IFS, CCF, Assam Forest Department, Mr Agni Mitra, IFS, Regional Deputy Director (ER), WCCB, Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, Associate pr...

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West Bengal Forest Department staff trained in wildlife crime detection and investigation

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(July 04, 2019) 25th to 27th of June, 2019: WCS-India in collaboration with the Directorate of Forests, West Bengal and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Eastern Region (WCCB, ER) organized a 3-day capacity building workshop at Gorumara Wildlife Division, Jalpaiguri in North West Bengal. The workshop was attended by 32 Forest Guards, Beat Officers, and Range Officers from the following wildlife divisions: Gurumara, Jaldapara, Darjeeling and Buxa.  The training focused on building capacity of forest officer...

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WCS-India team visits WII

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(July 04, 2019)  WCS-India team with WII scientists at the WII campus in DehradunJuly 2 2019: WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Paromita Ray (Head, Ecotourism) and Sahila Kudalkar (Program Manager, Counter Wildlife Trafficking) met Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Director Dr. VB Mathur and other faculty at WII. The WCS-India team presented current and future projects of the organisation. This was followed by interactions with WII scien...

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New tortoise species discovered

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(June 25, 2019) For the first time ever, the critically endangered Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) has been found in India. Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Range Officer Mr Bunty Tao locally rescued two tortoises from a hunter gatherer, which he photographed and sent to TSA/WCS-India turtle conservation program office for identification. A joint survey team of ITCP and Help Earth immediately rushed to AP to confirm the occurrence this species. This is the first record of the sp...

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