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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

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

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

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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Webinar: Investigative Wildlife Trafficking & Conservation Reporting

Webinar: Investigative Wildlife Trafficking & Conservation Reporting
(August 25, 2020) Wildlife Conservation Society-India, in collaboration with Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism &  Earth Journalism Network, organized the ‘Investigative Wildlife Trafficking & Conservation Reporting’ Webinar on August 20th (3:00-4:30PM), targeted towards regional environmental journalists working in India and Southeast Asia. Webinar Details:Date | Time: August 20, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:30 PMOrganizers: Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism, Earth J...

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

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

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

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

(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

(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

(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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