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POSH Act training held at WCS-I office

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(June 21, 2019) June 21, 2019: A training on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, was held today at the WCS-India office premises in Bengaluru. Addressing the staff, Mr Praneet Goteti, the CDO and HR head, WCS-India, touched upon the organisation’s policy for prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at the work place.He began by noting what constitutes sexual harassment and how to raise a complaint on experiencing the same. Throwing ins...

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Wildlife trafficking workshop for Dimapur frontline staff

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(June 20, 2019)  June 20, 2019: WCS-India in association with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change organised a workshop on combating wildlife trafficking for frontline staff at Dimapur, Nagaland. The workshop was inaugurated by Hon. Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Nagaland Mr  C M Chang. Other dignitaries included PCCF and HoFF Mr. S R Tripathi, IFS, PCCF and CWLW Mr. Aima, IFS, and Ms. Bano Haralu, WCS.  The one day workshop had forest staff from Kip...

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Avoid building roads through PAs, government tells NHAI

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(June 17, 2019) The government has asked states as well as NHAI to avoid building highways through wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, unless absolutely unavoidable. "To have minimum impact of highways on the protected eco-sensitive area, the implementing agency should consider to spare sanctuaries/national parks at the planning stage and wherever possible take a bypass/detour," Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said.In a circular to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways and ...

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Karnataka Bank takes lead in funding voluntary relocation

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(June 14, 2019) In a function held at Karnataka Bank headquarters in Mangalore, WCS-India team was handed the cheque for Rs 7 lakhs towards relocation of one family from Kudremukh National Park, as part of the bank’s CSR activity. MD of Karnataka Bank, Mr Mahabaleshwara M S, handing over the cheque to the beneficiariesThis is the first ever funding support for WCS-India core relocation program by any bank, as also the first CSR fund for WCS-India core relocation program.Issuing the che...

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WCS-India team visits the Mangalajodi wetland in Chilika Lake

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(June 10, 2019) Situated on the eastern coast of Odisha, Chilika Lake is the largest shallow water lagoon in Asia. Each year the lake hosts nearly 2 million migratory birds belonging to more than 150 species. Mangalajodi wetland, located on the north-western bank of Chilika Lake, is one of the important sites where migratory birds congregate in large numbers during winter months.Purple Heron in Mangalajodi wetland © Paromita Ray, WCS-IndiaIt is also a popular eco-tourism destination that attracts thousands...

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Orientation held for lawyers donating their time pro-bono

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(June 10, 2019) WCS-India’s legal team conducted the first orientation for lawyers who have offered to donate their time pro-bono to the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Project. More such orientations are scheduled in the coming weeks.Lawyers from different backgrounds, united with a passion for conservation are attending the orientation scheduled every week. If you are trained in law and want to contribute your legal skills to countering the horrific organized crime of wildlife trafficking, write to us at&n...

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Green Avengers Award for WCS staff

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(June 07, 2019) Mumbai: WCS-India researcher Nikit Surve has been awarded the Maha Mumbai Tarun Bharat Green Avengers Award 2019. He was felicitated during a program ‘Green Idea 2019’ organized by Mumbai Tarun Bharat, a Marathi newspaper. The award was granted in recognition of his work in the field of environment protection and conservation on the occasion of WorldEnvironmentDay.Working on human leopard interactions in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Nikit who com...

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A million species threatened by human activity

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(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

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(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

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(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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