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WCS-India meets the Kerala PCCF (Wildlife) & CWW, Mr Surendra Kumar, IFS

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WCS-India meets the Kerala PCCF (Wildlife) & CWW, Mr Surendra Kumar, IFS
(October 11, 2019) Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala Forest Department, Mr. Surendra Kumar met with WCS-India team Ms Prakriti Srivastava, IFS (Country Director) along with Mr Venu Parameshwar (Finance Director), Dr Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr Avik Banerjee (Project Associate), Ms Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate), Mr. Karan Deshpande (Project Assistant) and Ms Paromita Ray (Head Ecotourism), Mr Vishal Rasal (Project Associate, Ecotou...

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Marine conservation team visits FORV Sagar Sampada campaign against plastic pollution

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Marine conservation team visits FORV Sagar Sampada campaign against plastic pollution
(October 02, 2019) WCS – India’s marine conservation program team consisting of Dr. Vardhan Patankar, Head, Mr. Avik Banerjee and Ms. Zoya Tyabji, Project Associates, received an opportunity to attend a unique campaign against plastic pollution on board the Fishery Oceanographic Research Vessel (FORV), Sagar Sampada of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES).To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE) o...

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WCS – India marine team holds talks with CMLRE

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WCS – India marine team holds talks with CMLRE
(October 01, 2019) Oct 1, 2019: A delegation of the Wildlife Conservation Society – India (WCS – India) met members of the Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE) at the CMLRE headquarters in Kochi. The Head of the Marine Conservation Program, WCS – India, Dr. Vardhan Patankar and Project Associates Mr. Avik Banerjee and Ms. Zoya Tyabji held talks with Mr. M. Sudhakar, Scientist – G (Director. CMLRE) and Scientist- C, Shri Subramanian.Marine team presented the mandate of WCS ...

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Wildlife trafficking workshop held for the Wokha Forest Department

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(September 06, 2019) Participants at the workshopA two-day capacity building workshop was organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society-India with the Wokha Forest Division, Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Nagaland. The training focused on building capacity of 30 frontline personnel including officers from Forest & Police Department, and Dobashis (in-charge of adjudicating on customary law matters). The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Chonpenthung Ezung, SDO (Civil) HQ Wokha, Mr. ...

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Best practices to follow after detecting Wildlife Crime

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(August 30, 2019) The Counter Wildlife Trafficking Team of WCS-India held a discussion with the staff regarding Best Practices to be followed when a wildlife offence is detected. Mridula Vijairaghavan, WCS-India's Legal Advisor spoke to the staff about importance of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and on how to aid enforcement in taking action against wildlife offenders.She spoke about the course of action WCS-India staff should take when they come across a wildlife offence. This may be by providing detailed...

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WCS-India Country Director visits SGNP

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(August 16, 2019) August 14, 2019: Country Director Ms Prakriti Srivastava visited Mumbai where WCS-India has been involved in long-term work with the Maharashtra Forest Department in order to mitigate human leopard conflict. The visit covered the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) which is home to the highest density of leopards reported anywhere in the world. The park is also surrounded by the metropolis of Mumbai where human densities are extremely high.Country Director WCS-I Prakriti Srivastava with staff Vid...

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WCS-India & Dakshin Foundation explore collaboration

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(August 09, 2019) August 8, 2019: WCS-India team including Country Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate), Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate), Mr. Karan Deshpande (Project Assistant) and Mr. Dhruv Gangadharan Arvind (Program Assistant) met with delegates of the Dakshin Foundation team - Dr. Naveen Namboothri (Director and Founder Trustee) and Dr. Kartik Shanker (Founder Trustee).Dr. Namboothri introduced Dak...

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WCS – India marine conservation program meets with NCF’s Oceans and Coasts team

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(August 05, 2019) 31st July 2019: WCS-India team including Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS (Country Director), Mr. Venu Parameshwar (Finance Director), Mr. Praneet Goteti (Chief Development Officer), along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Conservation Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate) and Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate) met with delegates of the Nature Conservation Foundations’ Oceans and Coasts programme team- Dr. Rohan Arthur (Founding Trustee and Senior Scientist) and Dr. Teresa Alc...

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WCS-India holds talks with Mangrove Foundation

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(July 24, 2019) July 24, 2019: A delegation of the Wildlife Conservation Society-India  met members of the Mangrove Cell, Maharashtra Forest Department at the Mangrove Cell Headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Mr. Avik Banerjee (Project Associate) and Ms. Zoya Tyabji (Project Associate) met and held talks with Mr. N. Vasudevan, IFS (Addl. PCCF (Mangrove), Maharashtra Forest Department), Ms. Neenu Somraj, IF...

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Workshop on forensic applications in wildlife crime control

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(July 12, 2019) July 11, 2019: WCS-India in association with the University of Portsmouth and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) conducted a workshop on 'Forensic Applications in Wildlife Crime Control' for forest officials at Guwahati, Assam. The workshop that focused on tackling wildlife crime using science and forensic methods was inaugurated by Mr. S P Vashisht, IFS, CCF, Assam Forest Department, Mr Agni Mitra, IFS, Regional Deputy Director (ER), WCCB, Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, Associate pr...

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