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Our GIB Conservation Project Initiates Installation of Bird Diverters in Jaisalmer

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Our GIB Conservation Project Initiates Installation of Bird Diverters in Jaisalmer
(December 17, 2020) The Supreme Court of India, in a recent hearing, has directed the powerlines in the great Indian bustard (GIB) landscape to be undergrounded. We, under our GIB Conservation Project, took the initiative in demonstrating the alternatives to save the birds till the undergrounding of powerlines happens in Jaisalmer district. Two stretches of approximately 6.5 kms were selected between Chacha to Dholiya villages in Pokhran tehsil after due consultations with the Rajasthan Forest Department and ground...

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November 2020)

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WCS-India: CWT Newsletter (November 2020)
(December 07, 2020) Counter Wildlife Trafficking NewsletterNovember 2020Updates from WCS-IndiaState Forest Training Institute, Walayar, Kerala and WCS-India organised a two-day online training on 17th and 18th November for 49 Beat Forest Officers. The training focussed on capacity building of the trainees to detect, investigate and prosecute wildlife offenders. The training began with the inaugural address by Ms. R. Keerthi, Director, SFTI, Walayar, Kerala.Read moreOn 5th November, WCS-India conducted an online tra...

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project: Nimba Livestock Camp, 27 November 2020

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project: Nimba Livestock Camp, 27 November 2020
(November 28, 2020) Continuing our efforts in fostering partnerships with communities for Great Indian Bustard (GIB) conservation,  a livestock health camp was held in a village situated in Desert National Park, on 27th November. The camp was held in collaboration with the Animal Husbandry Department of Jaisalmer.1295 sheep and goats were vaccinated with Enterotoxemia vaccine by staff from the animal husbandry department during the course of this camp, this has been a regular  drive of the department to v...

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Two-Day Training on ‘Detection, Investigation, and Prosecution of Wildlife Crime’ for Beat Forest Officers

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 Two-Day Training on ‘Detection, Investigation, and Prosecution of Wildlife Crime’ for Beat Forest Officers
(November 19, 2020) State Forest Training Institute, Walayar, Kerala and WCS-India organised a two-day online training on 17th and 18th November for 49 Beat Forest Officers. The training focussed on capacity building of the trainees to detect, investigate and prosecute wildlife offenders. The training began with the inaugural address by Ms. R. Keerthi, Director, SFTI, Walayar, Kerala.Day 1: First session was an introduction to wildlife trafficking and context setting by Ms. Aathira Vasudevan, Project Assistant, WCS...

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Webinar on ‘Counter Wildlife Trafficking’ in collaboration with Goa Forest Department

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Webinar on ‘Counter Wildlife Trafficking’ in collaboration with Goa Forest Department
(November 17, 2020) On 05th November, WCS-India conducted an online training on ‘Countering Wildlife Trafficking’ for 35 DCFs, ACFs and RFOs of the Goa Forest Department, on the topics of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, search, seizure and arrest protocols, and applications of wildlife forensics in crime scene investigation. To take these sessions we had with us, Mr. Praveen Bhargav, Managing Trustee, Wildlife First; Dr. S. P. Goyal, Scientist-G, WII and Ms. Pradipty Bhardwaj, Legal Trainer, WCS-India. ...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 5

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 5
(November 13, 2020) The last day of our IFS training course began with several IFS officers sharing their experiences of the voluntary relocation process in their areas. Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Deputy Director, South Division (Palamau Tiger Reserve); Balaji Kari, DCF, Udaipur North and Ram Karan Khairwa, CF, Wildlife, Udaipur (Sariska Tiger Reserve); N. Ravindra, CCF Southern Zone UP, Prayagraj, were the speakers. They said that with the support of senior officials and the willingness of people themselves the process has...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 4

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 4
(November 12, 2020) Our IFS training course today began with a presentation by our very own Mutthana P. M., Senior Director of our Conservation Support Group. He explained the nuances of voluntary relocation work in Karnataka and Kerala that he and his team work on, drawing from his immense experience in the field."The notion that people are living harmoniously with wildlife in certain areas is far from the truth. If you spend time interacting with these families on field, people are keen on moving out of protected...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 3

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 3
(November 11, 2020) Today’s IFS training course began with Mr. K. K. Sunil Kumar’s presentation. He is presently working in Mannarkkad Forest division. While preparing a plan for voluntary relocation of families from Wayanad in 2003-2004, he visited the new settlements, interacted with the voluntarily relocated families and with NGOs who assisted in the relocation process and got inspired and played an important role in the process.Mr. Kumar said, "Remoteness of settlements; high intensity of human-wild...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 2

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 2
(November 10, 2020) The second day of our IFS training course began with the screening of a documentary film on Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Following this was a fascinating, interactive session with Mr. Gopalkrishne Gowda, retired IAS officer and Principal Secretary, Govt of Karnataka, known for his work in wildlife conservation during his various tenures in administration. He addressed the participants of our IFS training course, sharing his insights into voluntary relocation.From 2000 to 2002, as Deputy Commissioner, C...

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 1

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IFS Workshop 2020 – Day 1
(November 09, 2020) Our IFS training course, which is being held online this year, started today with over 50 IFS officers from across the country. Key figures from government institutions and organisations who were and have been involved in the voluntary relocation process, have been discussing various aspects of voluntary relocation and other issues such as human-wildlife conflict.The virtual gathering was interactive with time dedicated to question-and-answer sessions at the end of each discussion. The day start...

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