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WCS-India holds talks with Mangrove Foundation

(July 24, 2019) July 24, 2019: A delegation of the Wildlife Conservation Society-India  met members of the Mangrove Cell, Maharashtra Forest Department at the Mangrove Cell Headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate) and Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate) met and held talks with Mr. N. Vasudevan, IFS (Addl. PCCF (Mangrove), Maharashtra Forest Department), Ms. Neenu Somraj, IF...

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Workshop on forensic applications in wildlife crime control

(July 12, 2019) July 11, 2019: WCS-India in association with the University of Portsmouth and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) conducted a workshop on 'Forensic Applications in Wildlife Crime Control' for forest officials at Guwahati, Assam. The workshop that focused on tackling wildlife crime using science and forensic methods was inaugurated by Mr. S P Vashisht, IFS, CCF, Assam Forest Department, Mr Agni Mitra, IFS, Regional Deputy Director (ER), WCCB, Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, Associate pr...

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West Bengal Forest Department staff trained in wildlife crime detection and investigation

(July 04, 2019) 25th to 27th of June, 2019: WCS-India in collaboration with the Directorate of Forests, West Bengal and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Eastern Region (WCCB, ER) organized a 3-day capacity building workshop at Gorumara Wildlife Division, Jalpaiguri in North West Bengal. The workshop was attended by 32 Forest Guards, Beat Officers, and Range Officers from the following wildlife divisions: Gurumara, Jaldapara, Darjeeling and Buxa.  The training focused on building capacity of forest officer...

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WCS-India team visits WII

(July 04, 2019)  WCS-India team with WII scientists at the WII campus in DehradunJuly 2 2019: WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Paromita Ray (Head, Ecotourism) and Sahila Kudalkar (Program Manager, Counter Wildlife Trafficking) met Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Director Dr. VB Mathur and other faculty at WII. The WCS-India team presented current and future projects of the organisation. This was followed by interactions with WII scien...

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Self-defense workshop conducted

(July 02, 2019) July 1, 2019: Sometimes a loud scream can be an effective tool to stun your opponent in a hostile encounter. This was demonstrated in a self-defence workshop for the staff conducted at the WCS-India office premises.  The workshop conducted by Mr Praneet Goteti focussed on using the body and surroundings, with self-awareness being an important aspect of the defense mechanism. It was an interactive session where basic physical combat strategies were showcased. It covered topics on h...

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New tortoise species discovered

(June 25, 2019) For the first time ever, the critically endangered Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) has been found in India. Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Range Officer Mr Bunty Tao locally rescued two tortoises from a hunter gatherer, which he photographed and sent to TSA/WCS-India turtle conservation program office for identification. A joint survey team of ITCP and Help Earth immediately rushed to AP to confirm the occurrence this species. This is the first record of the sp...

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POSH Act training held at WCS-I office

(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

(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

(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

(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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