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Maharastra Forest Department felicitates volunteers and NGOs

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Maharastra Forest Department felicitates volunteers and NGOs
(March 30, 2022) On the occasion of Earth Hour on 26 March 2022, the Forest Department from the Thane Territorial Division, Maharashtra state, felicitated dedicated volunteers and NGOs that have been helping the department in forest management and wildlife conservation. The programme was arranged in the presence of Shri. Sunil Limaye, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; Shri. Clement Ben, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; Shri Ramarao, Chief Conservator of Forests; and Shri Mallikarju...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (February 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (February 2022)
(March 15, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter February 2022   Illegal wildlife trade in February 2022     In Focus   Wildlife crime & camera trapping training | The Morung Express From 19th-21st February, 2022, WCS-India trained 32 Forest Guards and Foresters from Intanki National Park, Nagaland on ‘Wildlife Crime Prevention, Detection and Investigation’. Topics covered included ‘Offenses under Wild Life (Protection) Act, ...

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Khadmore/Phudakadya (Lesser Florican) Ceremony

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Khadmore/Phudakadya (Lesser Florican) Ceremony
(March 07, 2022) On the 6th of March, our Lesser Florican team organised the Khadmore/Phudakadya (lesser florican) Ceremony in collaboration with the Pratapgarh Forest Division, Rajasthan. Pratapgarh Range Officer, Shri. Dhara Singh Ranawat, presided as the chief guest. Members from the Rajasthan Forest Department, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), the local community and our team spoke about the immediacy for and the importance of protecting t...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (January 2022)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (January 2022)
(February 15, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter January 2022   Wildlife trade trivia   Illegal wildlife trade in January 2022     In Focus   Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020 Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020 aims at providing a comprehensive overview of illegal wildlife trade in India for the year 2020. It is an assessment of data collected through publicly available...

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Our comments on the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021

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Our comments on the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021
(January 31, 2022) Below are some of our comments and suggestions submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change concerning the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was tabled before the Rajya Sabha recently to amend the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (hereafter referred to as the BDA). These Amendments were introduced 20 years after the law was initially passed in 2002, in response to a long-standing demand from stakeholders to simplify, streamline and reduce compliance burden i...

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Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020

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Media-Reported Wildlife Poaching and Illegal Trade in India: 2020
(January 31, 2022) Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS-India) works towards the conservation of wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS-India’s Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Program aims to assist government agencies by providing access to information, skills, technology, and expert support to tackle wildlife crime in India.  Illegal wildlife trade is recognised as a serious transnational crime with an overall turno...

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Jivan, a 6-year old male leopard radio-collared in Mumbai

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Jivan, a 6-year old male leopard radio-collared in Mumbai
(January 27, 2022) Jivan, a six-year-old male leopard that was radio-collared in Mumbai on 24 January 2022, is the latest of four individuals paving the path for understanding human-leopard interactions in the urban landscape.  The leopard was named 'Jivan' to honour the memory of Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel or J. C. Daniel who studied the leopards of Mumbai in the 1970s and 80s. His book titled, 'The Leopard in India', published in 1996, was among the first to collate anecdotes, st...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (December 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (December 2021)
(January 24, 2022) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter December 2021 Wildlife trade trivia     Illegal wildlife trade in December 2021     News scan (December 1 - 31) Big Cats Ten held for poaching leopard in Salekasa, chopping paws | Times of India It’s raining tiger and leopard skins and body parts in the region. In a raid on poachers, the Nagpur forest division officials arrested ten accused from Salekasa under Gondia forest division for h...

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Preliminary comments on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021

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Preliminary comments on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021
(January 19, 2022) These are our preliminary comments and recommendations on the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 (hereafter referred to as the Draft Amendments) tabled before the Rajya Sabha recently to amend the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 (hereafter referred to as the WLPA).  At the outset, the work that has gone into the Draft Amendments should be appreciated as it has resulted in addressing several concerns of the members of the conservation community in India. The following aspects are...

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'
(January 06, 2022) We are proud to share that Prema, a resident of the Sollepura Voluntary Relocation Centre, H. D. Kote, has been honoured by yet another award given to farmers! Vijaya Karnataka, a leading Kannada daily, recently chose her as a ‘VK Super Star Raitha 2021’ (which translates to ‘super star farmer’). Here’s a small video that sums up Prema’s journey into farming. Watch video Following is the English translation of the same: 'Prema, a resident of th...

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