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Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) Workshop

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Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) Workshop
(November 07, 2023)   WCS-India hosted the first Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) workshop from 5-6 November in Bengaluru. The MMCOI, formed in 2022, is an informal body of managers, conservationists, researchers, and other stakeholders working towards the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats in India. This multi-stakeholder workshop saw participation from 50 attendees representing 28 institutions from India and abroad - including governmental, non-governmental, academic, private, and ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 37 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 37 (2023)
(November 03, 2023) Karnataka Forest Department launches centralised wildlife crime management system | The Hindu  The Karnataka Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India have introduced the Hostile Activity Watch Kernel (HAWK) system to monitor forest and wildlife crimes in real-time, including wildlife deaths, suspected criminal activities, and suspicious vehicles. It centralises field data to enhance the department's crime management efficiency, and is becoming the national wildlife crime managem...

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Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing Strategies to Support Dugong Conservation

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Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing Strategies to Support Dugong Conservation
(October 26, 2023) On 19th and 20th October, the Marine Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society - India, in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and OMCAR Foundation, hosted the "Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing strategies to Support Dugong Conservation,Tamil Nadu" at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. The workshop saw participation by 34 representatives from the Tamil Nadu State Forest Department, Department of Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare, BOBP-IGO, ZSI, WII, NCSCM, CMFRI, CIBA,...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 36 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 36 (2023)
(October 20, 2023) Mhadei wildlife sanctuary in Goa to be notified as 55th tiger reserve of India | Times of India  Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa is set to be declared a new tiger reserve, making it India's 55th. Despite previous efforts by the Goa government to nullify the order, the Supreme Court has recently refused to stay the High Court's order. This move was initially proposed by the UPA government in 2011, and now the state government has been directed to notify the Tiger Reserve by Octob...

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BlueMAP-India at SCCS-Bengaluru

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BlueMAP-India at SCCS-Bengaluru
(October 15, 2023) WCS-India showcased the website on India’s marine life, BlueMAP-India, at the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), Bangalore, organized from October 9th to 12th, 2023.  The visuals are a major highlight of the website and were a crowd favorite. We showcased the interactive habitat poster front and center using a large screen and provided two additional touch-screen devices for people to interact with the website and the user interface. We also printed postcards de...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 35 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 35 (2023)
(October 13, 2023) Tamenglong Gears Up To Welcome Amur Falcons | Times of India Amur falcons are set to arrive in Tamenglong, Manipur, on the way to their breeding grounds in South-eastern Siberia and Northern China. To protect these birds, the district administration has imposed a ban on hunting, catching, and selling the birds during their roosting period. An "Amur falcon dance festival" is also planned for November, and there are efforts to tag two healthy birds with satellite transmitter...

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World Tourism Day, 2023

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World Tourism Day, 2023
(October 06, 2023) World Tourism Day is commemorated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) annually on 27th September, with the theme for 2023 being Tourism and Green Investments. This day was observed in Goa with a focus on non-traditional investments for Goa’s tourism sector and deliberation on fundamental issues in light of the necessity of increasing economic and environmental sustainability in the state.  WCS-India was invited to speak at the World Tourism Day event held a...

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In Loving Memory of Jayachandran S.

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In Loving Memory of Jayachandran S.
(September 22, 2023) It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the untimely demise of Jayachandran S, a cherished member of our WCS-India family. Jayachandran made significant contributions to our Livelihood Support Programme and wholeheartedly devoted himself to conservation initiatives in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve and the Nilgiris landscape in Tamil Nadu. In this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to Jayachandran's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 34 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 34 (2023)
(September 22, 2023) Centre identifies 62 new elephant corridors; total now 150 | Down To Earth The central government's latest elephant corridor report reveals a 40% increase in elephant corridors, with a total of 150 corridors identified across 15 elephant range states in India. The increase in corridors reflects expanding ranges, but habitat modifications have led to decreased use in some corridors, calling for restoration efforts. Read more here. Studies on India's marine biodiversity by CMFRI...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 33 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 33 (2023)
(September 08, 2023) India needs a single, comprehensive policy to tackle invasive species: Ankila Hiremath | Down to Earth Invasive alien species are a significant driver of biodiversity loss globally. Ankila Hiremath, a plant ecologist, discusses the history and impact of invasive species. She emphasizes the need for mitigation rather than restoration to a pre-invasion state. In the context of India, Hiremath notes that efforts to address invasive species have been more reactive than proactive and calls for com...

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