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Counter Wildlife Trafficking online workshops with Assam Judiciary and online capacity building webinars with Forest Departments in Meghalaya and Kerala

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Counter Wildlife Trafficking online workshops with Assam Judiciary and online capacity building webinars with Forest Departments in Meghalaya and Kerala
(August 21, 2020) On 5th July 2020, WCS-India organized a webinar for district court judges from Assam entitled 'Solutions to common issues in implementation of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972'. The webinar was attended by 38 participants from the judiciary and addressed common challenges faced by enforcement agencies in ensuring prosecution of wildlife criminals. Resource persons included a Senior Judge from the Guwahati High Court, Advocate General of Assam and senior officers from Police, Forest Departmen...

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WCS-India Marine Program and Coastal Impact enter into an MoU

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WCS-India Marine Program and Coastal Impact enter into an MoU
(August 10, 2020) WCS-India Marine Program partner with Coastal Impact by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly initiate activities towards marine conservation in India.WCS-India Marine team with Founding Trustee of Coastal Impact - Mr. Venkatesh CharlooCoastal Impact is a non-governmental organization based out of Goa, India working on studying and monitoring India’s marine ecosystems, support awareness, outreach, research, and conservation actions and also, help build interest and engagement am...

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area
(August 08, 2020) Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) approves to declare e 2,011 square kilometre Angria Bank as a protected area. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre for approval and action.The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday SBWL approved three key projects including the declaration of Angria Bank as a “designated area” under the Maritime Zones Act, 1976. The other two were the appointment of Sonneratia alba as state mangrove tree, and a recovery programme...

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This World Rangers Day, meet Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad

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(July 31, 2020) Every year, July 31 is celebrated as World Ranger Day to honor the guardians of our natural and cultural heritage. Rangers are faced with the challenging task of protecting forests from poaching and habitat destruction on the field, and World Ranger Day seeks to acknowledge and express gratitude to them for their service.In this spirit, we spoke to Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad, Kerala Forest Department about his support system, and why he enjoys being a forest officer.Bhaniklal, Range Offic...

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Cyclone Amphan Reminds Us Why Mangrove Conservation is Essential to the Sundarbans’ Survival and What it Should Look Like

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(June 09, 2020) By Aashika Ravi“Before 2009, we had never planted a mangrove before, we were working on wildlife and tigers. Cyclone Aila was an eye-opener for us ﹘ whatever you do in the Sundarbans, it has to be mangrove conservation in essence. If the mangroves are not there, the wildlife won’t be there, the people won’t be there, the delta won’t be there.” Ajanta Dey, Joint Secretary and Program Director, Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), a conservation N...

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WCS-India Staff Come Together to Distribute Relief Materials to Communities During Lockdown

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(May 13, 2020) During the COVID-19 lockdown, WCS-India staff came together to contribute personal funds towards the procurement and distribution of relief materials for communities they work with on the ground.WCS-India staff efforts also saw 185 families of Masthigudi and 60 families of Sollepura relocation center in Nagarahole receive more than 250 kits on April 26 at a time when essential items have been hard to come by.Field teams distributing relief materials in NagaraholeFunds were mobilized through staf...

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WCS-India Partners with Sathya Sai Seva Trust to Distribute Relief Materials in Sollepura

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(May 11, 2020) WCS-India's COVID-19 relief work is ongoing in our Sollepura relocation center. We partnered with Sathya Sai Seva Trust, Mysore in order to distribute relief materials to 75 families in the Sollepura relocation center on May 9.Distribution of relief material in Sollepura relocation centerThe relief materials included food items, soaps, washing soaps and masks.Distribution of relief material in Sollepura relocation center"My sincere thanks to WCS-India team for their generous contribution towards...

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WCS-India Efforts Towards COVID-19 Relief Work Continue in Kawal

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(May 08, 2020) WCS-India's efforts towards providing COVID-19 relief materials for forest communities continues with the distribution of relief material and sensitization of communities in Kawal.Distribution of masks in KawalThe WCS team has started distributing 750 masks, covering three villages – Mysempet-Gondiguda, Mysempet-Naikapoduguda, and Rampur. Before the masks are distributed, a 45-minute interactive awareness session is conducted on symptoms of COVID-19, how masks can help, social-distancing, ...

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown
(April 07, 2020) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the nation, the safety and livelihood of forest communities has been shrouded in uncertainty.At this juncture, inspiration can be taken from the Kerala Forest Department’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus within forest communities in the state. The Department has proactively put in place a series of measures to support them during the lockdown enforced by the Centre.Kerala forest officials providing rations to fo...

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Namdapha Tiger Reserve, NTCA and WCS-India organize workshop for field officials in Arunachal Pradesh

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Namdapha Tiger Reserve, NTCA and WCS-India organize workshop for field officials in Arunachal Pradesh
(March 03, 2020) February 19, 2020: The Namdapha Tiger Reserve of Arunachal Pradesh, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Regional Office, Guwahati, and WCS-India conducted a training module for field personnel on wildlife law enforcement and combating wildlife trafficking at the headquarters of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh from Feb 19 to 21. Two researchers from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (WII) were also invited to train field staff on the use of patrol software MSTrIPES dev...

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