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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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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November 2021)
(December 20, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter November 2021 Wildlife trade trivia   Illegal wildlife trade in November 2021   In Focus Click here to view the guide   Superstitious Beliefs – Another Source of Demand in India’s Illegal Wildlife Trade | The Wire Science In India, the demand for animal parts in superstitious rituals fuels poaching and illegal trade, and the illegal availability of these parts sustains the rituals...

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Tale of Two Farmers

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Tale of Two Farmers
(November 12, 2021) (Text by Sourabha Rao) Prema, a beneficiary of our Livelihood Support programme, is a farmer of relentless dedication. A hardworking woman from a forest community, dwelling in the Sollepura Voluntary Relocation Centre, Prema was honoured with the ‘Best Progressive Farmer, District Level-Mysuru’ Award yesterday at the Krishi Mela by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. She was selected for the inauguration of the programme. Prema grows ragi, tomato, beans...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (October 2021)
(November 09, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter October 2021 Wildlife trade trivia * Scientific names as mentioned in the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972   Illegal wildlife trade in October 2021   News scan (October 1 - 31) Big cats Ensnared big cat dies in Eturunagaram forest, two held | 3 October 2021 A big cat, suspected to be a tiger, was caught in a snare set up by some hunters in the forest area of SS Tadwail Mandall in Mulugu district. The big ...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (September 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (September 2021)
(October 06, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking Newsletter  September 2021  Illegal wildlife trade in September 2021  News scan (September 1 - 30)  Big Cats Tigress strangled by poachers in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh reserve forest | 1 September 2021 A tigress in the Bandhavgarh reserve forest in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district, very popular among tourists and locals, was killed by poachers who stuffed her body in a gunny bag and threw it in a well ins...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (August 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (August 2021)
(September 08, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterIllegal Wildlife Trade in August 2021In FocusTo commemorate World Photography Day on 19 August 2021, our Counter Wildlife Trafficking Programme held its Annual Photography Contest for all their trainee officers. Officers from different enforcement agencies across the country sent us their photographs.We had four categories to choose from based on the pictures received. They are Best Wildlife Photograph 2021, Best Mobile-Camera Wildlife Photograph, Perfect T...

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Annual Photography Contest - 2021

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Annual Photography Contest - 2021
(August 23, 2021) To commemorate World Photography Day on 19 August 2021, our Counter Wildlife Trafficking Programme held its Annual Photography Contest for all their trainee officers. Officers from different enforcement agencies across the country sent us their photographs.We had four categories to choose from based on the pictures received. They are: Best Wildlife Photograph 2021, Best Mobile-Camera Wildlife Photograph, Perfect Timing Photograph and Best Wildlife Macro Photograph.Below are the winners...

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Journalism to counter wildlife crime

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Journalism to counter wildlife crime
(August 20, 2021) Today, we conducted a webinar on how effective journalism can help counter wildlife crime. Guest speakers Dr Ravikiran Govekar, CCF and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra and Sahana Ghosh, Science Journalist, Contributing Editor, Mongabay-India, shared their experiences with different aspects of illegal wildlife trade. Uttara Mendiratta, Expert - Counter Wildlife Trafficking and Aristo Mendis, Lead Analyst at the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Programme of WCS-India spoke about ...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (July 2021)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (July 2021)
(August 06, 2021) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterJuly 2021Wildlife Trade Trivia   Illegal Wildlife Trade in July 2021 News Scan (July 1 -31)Two smugglers arrested in Dibrugarh, rhino horn, tusk & heroin recovered | 1 July 2021The police arrested two smugglers from the Panchali area in Assam’s Dibrugarh town and seized one suspected rhino horn, an elephant tusk, and 19 grams of heroin from their possession.Read moreTwo held with 4.1 kg of ambergris | 3 July 2021The Mumbai Poli...

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