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 media organisations.
Participants presented institutional and individual project updates on marine mammal research and conservation work across the country. The workshop deliberated on ways to collaborate, share information, and to structure and sustain the consortium activities.