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Avifaunal diversity along the riverine habitats of Papikonda National Park

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Avifaunal diversity along the riverine habitats of Papikonda National Park
(November 04, 2020) Indian skimmer seen along the riverine habitats of Godavari river ©Giridhar MallaRiver channels and adjacent riparian zones play critical ecological roles, which include supporting rich and unique biodiversity. However, these habitats are increasingly being subjected to large-scale modifications resulting in their loss and degradation. In a recently published short communication, WCS-India Associates Paromita Ray and Giridhar Malla document the importance of the riverine and riparian h...

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project

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Making local communities a part of our GIB conservation project
(October 19, 2020) The Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is a ‘Critically Endangered’ species under the IUCN Red List. It has the highest resident breeding population in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. It is believed that the total world population of the species in the wild is less than 100 individuals. The Thar landscape in western Rajasthan is home not only to this bustard  but it also boasts the highest livestock population in Rajasthan, and some of the best quality sheep wool is collected from the ...

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Honing WLPA knowledge : An online training for lawyers donating time pro bono to assist enforcement agencies

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(October 13, 2020) On 11th October, Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) program organised a training for eighteen lawyers who donate their time pro-bono to assist enforcement agencies in cases. The aim of the exercise was to equip the lawyers with the necessary skills and knowledge to smoothly assist the officers when requested. The three hour webinar included sessions: Introduction to Wildlife Trafficking, Introduction to Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, Procedure and Documentation and, Findings of Legal Gap Analys...

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Awareness session on POSH at workplace

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(October 01, 2020) A two hour training session on ‘Prevention of Sexual harassment at the Workplace’ was conducted for the employees at the WCS–India on 29th September 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The purpose of training was to acquaint all the staff with PoSH rules and increase awareness about harassment at the workplace in order to build a culture of mutual respect and equal opportunity. Mr. Vedansh Anand, an Advocate from Lex Locum Consultants introduced the resource persons: Prof. (Dr) Rit...

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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

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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
(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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