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Conservation Bulletin - Week 40 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 40 (2023)
(November 24, 2023) Bhutan, India and Nepal collaborate to counter wildlife trafficking in South Asia | The Telegraph India, Bhutan, and Nepal are collaborating to combat wildlife trafficking in South Asia through a nine-day Training of Trainers workshop organised by TRAFFIC India and WWF-India. The initiative, in partnership with the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in the region. The workshop covers topics suc...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 39 (2023)

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(November 17, 2023) Manipur conducts first census of Amur falcon- world’s longest travelling raptors | Hindustan Times Manipur Forest Department, in collaboration with Wildlife Explorer Manipur, conducted the first-ever census of Amur falcons, the world's longest-travelling raptors, in Tamenglong district, revealing 1.41 lakh birds, surpassing the expected 50,000. The initiative aimed to enhance conservation efforts through awareness programmes and study migration patterns using satellite-tagging. Fut...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 38 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 38 (2023)
(November 10, 2023) Assam's Dehing Patkai plans extensive camera-trap study of five small wild cats in the region | Mongabay Assam’s Dehing Patkai National Park has a rich diversity of eight wild cat species and is initiating a camera-trap study to evaluate populations and occupancy of the five species of small wild cats. Threats such as oil and coal mining, illegal hunting, and logging necessitate conservation efforts. The study aims to provide data for formulating effective conservation strategies.&n...

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Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) Workshop

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Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) Workshop
(November 07, 2023)   WCS-India hosted the first Marine Mammal Consortium of India (MMCOI) workshop from 5-6 November in Bengaluru. The MMCOI, formed in 2022, is an informal body of managers, conservationists, researchers, and other stakeholders working towards the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats in India. This multi-stakeholder workshop saw participation from 50 attendees representing 28 institutions from India and abroad - including governmental, non-governmental, academic, private, and ...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 37 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 37 (2023)
(November 03, 2023) Karnataka Forest Department launches centralised wildlife crime management system | The Hindu  The Karnataka Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India have introduced the Hostile Activity Watch Kernel (HAWK) system to monitor forest and wildlife crimes in real-time, including wildlife deaths, suspected criminal activities, and suspicious vehicles. It centralises field data to enhance the department's crime management efficiency, and is becoming the national wildlife crime managem...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 36 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 36 (2023)
(October 20, 2023) Mhadei wildlife sanctuary in Goa to be notified as 55th tiger reserve of India | Times of India  Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa is set to be declared a new tiger reserve, making it India's 55th. Despite previous efforts by the Goa government to nullify the order, the Supreme Court has recently refused to stay the High Court's order. This move was initially proposed by the UPA government in 2011, and now the state government has been directed to notify the Tiger Reserve by Octob...

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BlueMAP-India at SCCS-Bengaluru

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BlueMAP-India at SCCS-Bengaluru
(October 15, 2023) WCS-India showcased the website on India’s marine life, BlueMAP-India, at the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), Bangalore, organized from October 9th to 12th, 2023.  The visuals are a major highlight of the website and were a crowd favorite. We showcased the interactive habitat poster front and center using a large screen and provided two additional touch-screen devices for people to interact with the website and the user interface. We also printed postcards de...

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 35 (2023)

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Conservation Bulletin - Week 35 (2023)
(October 13, 2023) Tamenglong Gears Up To Welcome Amur Falcons | Times of India Amur falcons are set to arrive in Tamenglong, Manipur, on the way to their breeding grounds in South-eastern Siberia and Northern China. To protect these birds, the district administration has imposed a ban on hunting, catching, and selling the birds during their roosting period. An "Amur falcon dance festival" is also planned for November, and there are efforts to tag two healthy birds with satellite transmitter...

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World Tourism Day, 2023

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World Tourism Day, 2023
(October 06, 2023) World Tourism Day is commemorated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) annually on 27th September, with the theme for 2023 being Tourism and Green Investments. This day was observed in Goa with a focus on non-traditional investments for Goa’s tourism sector and deliberation on fundamental issues in light of the necessity of increasing economic and environmental sustainability in the state.  WCS-India was invited to speak at the World Tourism Day event held a...

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In Loving Memory of Jayachandran S.

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In Loving Memory of Jayachandran S.
(September 22, 2023) It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the untimely demise of Jayachandran S, a cherished member of our WCS-India family. Jayachandran made significant contributions to our Livelihood Support Programme and wholeheartedly devoted himself to conservation initiatives in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve and the Nilgiris landscape in Tamil Nadu. In this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to Jayachandran's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. ...

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