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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 3

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 3
(November 11, 2020) Today’s IFS training course began with Mr. K. K. Sunil Kumar’s presentation. He is presently working in Mannarkkad Forest division. While preparing a plan for voluntary relocation of families from Wayanad in 2003-2004, he visited the new settlements, interacted with the voluntarily relocated families and with NGOs who assisted in the relocation process and got inspired and played an important role in the process.Mr. Kumar said, "Remoteness of settlements; high intensity of human-wild...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 2

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 2
(November 10, 2020) The second day of our IFS training course began with the screening of a documentary film on Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Following this was a fascinating, interactive session with Mr. Gopalkrishne Gowda, retired IAS officer and Principal Secretary, Govt of Karnataka, known for his work in wildlife conservation during his various tenures in administration. He addressed the participants of our IFS training course, sharing his insights into voluntary relocation.From 2000 to 2002, as Deputy Commissioner, C...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 1

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 1
(November 09, 2020) Our IFS training course, which is being held online this year, started today with over 50 IFS officers from across the country. Key figures from government institutions and organisations who were and have been involved in the voluntary relocation process, have been discussing various aspects of voluntary relocation and other issues such as human-wildlife conflict.The virtual gathering was interactive with time dedicated to question-and-answer sessions at the end of each discussion. The day start...

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Avifaunal diversity along the riverine habitats of Papikonda National Park

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Avifaunal diversity along the riverine habitats of Papikonda National Park
(November 04, 2020) Indian skimmer seen along the riverine habitats of Godavari river ©Giridhar MallaRiver channels and adjacent riparian zones play critical ecological roles, which include supporting rich and unique biodiversity. However, these habitats are increasingly being subjected to large-scale modifications resulting in their loss and degradation. In a recently published short communication, WCS-India Associates Paromita Ray and Giridhar Malla document the importance of the riverine and riparian h...

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project
(October 19, 2020) The Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is a ‘Critically Endangered’ species under the IUCN Red List. It has the highest resident breeding population in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. It is believed that the total world population of the species in the wild is less than 100 individuals. The Thar landscape in western Rajasthan is home not only to this bustard  but it also boasts the highest livestock population in Rajasthan, and some of the best quality sheep wool is collected from the ...

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Honing WLPA knowledge : An online training for lawyers donating time pro bono to assist enforcement agencies

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(October 13, 2020) On 11th October, Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) program organised a training for eighteen lawyers who donate their time pro-bono to assist enforcement agencies in cases. The aim of the exercise was to equip the lawyers with the necessary skills and knowledge to smoothly assist the officers when requested. The three hour webinar included sessions: Introduction to Wildlife Trafficking, Introduction to Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, Procedure and Documentation and, Findings of Legal Gap Analys...

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Awareness session on POSH at workplace

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(October 01, 2020) A two hour training session on ‘Prevention of Sexual harassment at the Workplace’ was conducted for the employees at the WCS–India on 29th September 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The purpose of training was to acquaint all the staff with PoSH rules and increase awareness about harassment at the workplace in order to build a culture of mutual respect and equal opportunity. Mr. Vedansh Anand, an Advocate from Lex Locum Consultants introduced the resource persons: Prof. (Dr) Rit...

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The Accuity Global Trade and Cargo Compliance Forum: Countering wildlife trafficking networks and supporting enforcement agencies: Presentation by Prakriti Srivastava, WCS India Country Director

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The Accuity Global Trade and Cargo Compliance Forum:   Countering wildlife trafficking networks and supporting enforcement agencies:  Presentation by Prakriti Srivastava, WCS India Country Director
(September 28, 2020) The Accuity Global Trade and Cargo Compliance Forum took place in a virtual format on September 22, 2020, focusing on specific compliance challenges within the global supply chain, giving an insight into how other organizations manage risks when involved in such a complex web of organizations, individuals and countries. Topics covered sanctions, enforcement actions, export controls, technology, and governance.Prakriti Srivastava, WCS-India Country Director, conducted a presentation throwing ligh...

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Online Training on ‘Counter Wildlife Trafficking’ for Goa Forest Department Officers

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Online Training on ‘Counter Wildlife Trafficking’ for Goa Forest Department Officers
(September 09, 2020) Wildlife Conservation Society-India, in collaboration with Goa Forest Department, organized a 2-hour webinar on ‘Counter Wildlife Trafficking’ for 44 DCFs, ACFs & RFOs from the Goa Forest department on 8th September. The focus of the webinar was on Key Provisions of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, and Crime Scene Investigation. The webinar was inaugurated by Mr. Subhash Chandra, PCCF, Goa, and Mr. Santosh Kumar, APCCF, Goa. Ms. Pradipty Bhardwaj, Legal Trainer, WCS-India...

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Web-Workshop on ‘Countering Wildlife Trafficking’ for CBIC officials at NACIN-Shillong

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Web-Workshop on ‘Countering Wildlife Trafficking’ for CBIC officials at NACIN-Shillong
(August 27, 2020) On 27th August, WCS-India conducted a web-workshop on ‘Countering Wildlife Trafficking’ for newly recruited officers of National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics (NACIN)-Shillong. The web-workshop saw participation from 30 Customs Officers. Topics covered included Introduction to Wildlife Trafficking and the Role of Customs Department, Identification of Species (Native and Exotic) and Powers and Procedures under the Custom Act. These modules were delivered by resour...

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