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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 16

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 16
(May 03, 2024) Tamil Nadu, Kerala to count Nilgiri tahrs in first synchronized survey from April 29 | The Hindu The Forest Departments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are jointly conducting a synchronised census to assess the population of the Nilgiri tahr using advanced survey techniques. This extensive initiative engages 700 individuals and aims to provide valuable baseline data for conservation efforts. The survey covers contiguous habitats in both states, focusing on areas with significant tahr populations, wi...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 15

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 15
(April 19, 2024) Kyasanur Forest Disease: A ticking health bomb in the Western Ghats | Mongabay Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) is a tick-borne illness that poses a significant threat in the Malenadu region of Karnataka and neighbouring states along the Western Ghats due to conducive environmental conditions and human activities like deforestation. The withdrawal of KFD vaccine as the primary defence against the disease has left residents and health workers vulnerable to its spread, exacerbating the urgency of ...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 14

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 14
(April 12, 2024) Delhi forest dept to create SOP to tackle leopards in urban spaces | Hindustan Times  The Delhi Forest Department plans to establish a standard operating procedure (SOP) to manage leopard encounters in urban areas after an incident in Jagatpur. They plan to conduct sensitisation programs across Delhi, starting with training for forest staff. The aim is to educate locals in identifying leopards and appropriate measures to take, emphasising the dangers of provoking or attacking them to pre...

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Workshop on Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME Phase 2) Project

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Workshop on Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME Phase 2) Project
(April 05, 2024) Dr. Aaron Savio Lobo and Dr. Avadhoot Velankar from WCS-India's Marine Programme participated in the national consultative workshop on the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME Phase 2) project held in Chennai from 21st to 23rd March 2024. It was jointly organised by the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO) and IUCN, and supported by GOI, FAO, GEF, and NORAD.  Over 80 stakeholders from various government units and NGOs came together to share i...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 13

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 13
(April 05, 2024) Walls come down to make way for elephants | Mongabay Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) is demolishing its boundary wall in Deopahar, Assam following a Gauhati High Court order to restore an elephant corridor. The wall's obstruction has sparked a decade-long legal battle, with environmental activists like Rohit Choudhury advocating for its removal. The victory is hailed as a significant win for wildlife conservation, allowing free movement for elephants and preserving the biodiversity of the ...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 12

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 12
(March 22, 2024) Arunachal tribe donates land for critically endangered songbird Bugun Liocichla | Deccan Herald Buguns, a tribal community in Arunachal Pradesh, donated 1,470 hectares of forest land to the state forest department to protect the critically endangered Bugun Liocichla. With only 14 individuals spotted, conservation efforts are critical. This effort marks a significant step towards protecting this unique species and promoting tourism.   Wildcats found in India gain international conse...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 11

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 11
(March 15, 2024) Rehabilitating trafficked star tortoises using genetic intelligence | Mongabay Recent research reveals two genetically distinct populations of Indian star tortoises, challenging previous assumptions and indicating moderate to high genetic diversity. This insight can guide rehabilitation efforts by releasing trafficked tortoises into habitats where they are genetically suited, enhancing their chances of survival.  Human-wildlife conflicts: Karnataka, Kerala ink pact | Hindustan Times...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 10

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 10
(March 08, 2024) North Bengal comes together to protect Hornbill species | The Statesman  North Bengal organised a three-day workshop with participants from the region and neighbouring areas to create a conservation plan for five hornbill species, three of them globally threatened. The plan includes strategies for population surveys, habitat protection, community involvement, and awareness initiatives, uniting officials, scientists, and community members to address the vulnerability of hornbills in the a...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 09

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 09
(March 01, 2024) India, four other nations plan coordinated crackdown on wildlife traffickers using Interpol channels | The Hindu India, along with Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, is uniting to combat wildlife trafficking by sharing intelligence on traffickers and disrupting financial flows. The focus is on air cargo routes from Africa to Southeast Asia, with over 50 wildlife seizures reported in India in 2022. The collaboration aims to coordinate actions and enhance Interpol capabilities again...

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 08

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Conservation Bulletin 2024 - Week 08
(February 23, 2024) Six wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka to be recommended for being declared ecologically sensitive areas | The Hindu Karnataka's recent decision to recommend six wildlife sanctuaries and surrounding areas as ecologically sensitive zones signals a key step in the country's conservation efforts. This move highlights the government's commitment to protecting biodiversity, addressing human-wildlife conflict, and fostering collaboration between communities, conservationists, and the gov...

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