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WCS-India team visits WII

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(July 04, 2019)  WCS-India team with WII scientists at the WII campus in DehradunJuly 2 2019: WCS-India Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS along with Dr. Vardhan Patankar (Head, Marine Program), Paromita Ray (Head, Ecotourism) and Sahila Kudalkar (Program Manager, Counter Wildlife Trafficking) met Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Director Dr. VB Mathur and other faculty at WII. The WCS-India team presented current and future projects of the organisation. This was followed by interactions with WII scien...

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POSH Act training held at WCS-I office

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(June 21, 2019) June 21, 2019: A training on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, was held today at the WCS-India office premises in Bengaluru. Addressing the staff, Mr Praneet Goteti, the CDO and HR head, WCS-India, touched upon the organisation’s policy for prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment at the work place.He began by noting what constitutes sexual harassment and how to raise a complaint on experiencing the same. Throwing ins...

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Wildlife trafficking workshop for Dimapur frontline staff

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(June 20, 2019)  June 20, 2019: WCS-India in association with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change organised a workshop on combating wildlife trafficking for frontline staff at Dimapur, Nagaland. The workshop was inaugurated by Hon. Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Nagaland Mr  C M Chang. Other dignitaries included PCCF and HoFF Mr. S R Tripathi, IFS, PCCF and CWLW Mr. Aima, IFS, and Ms. Bano Haralu, WCS.  The one day workshop had forest staff from Kip...

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Karnataka Bank takes lead in funding voluntary relocation

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(June 14, 2019) In a function held at Karnataka Bank headquarters in Mangalore, WCS-India team was handed the cheque for Rs 7 lakhs towards relocation of one family from Kudremukh National Park, as part of the bank’s CSR activity. MD of Karnataka Bank, Mr Mahabaleshwara M S, handing over the cheque to the beneficiariesThis is the first ever funding support for WCS-India core relocation program by any bank, as also the first CSR fund for WCS-India core relocation program.Issuing the che...

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WCS-India team visits the Mangalajodi wetland in Chilika Lake

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(June 10, 2019) Situated on the eastern coast of Odisha, Chilika Lake is the largest shallow water lagoon in Asia. Each year the lake hosts nearly 2 million migratory birds belonging to more than 150 species. Mangalajodi wetland, located on the north-western bank of Chilika Lake, is one of the important sites where migratory birds congregate in large numbers during winter months.Purple Heron in Mangalajodi wetland © Paromita Ray, WCS-IndiaIt is also a popular eco-tourism destination that attracts thousands...

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Orientation held for lawyers donating their time pro-bono

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(June 10, 2019) WCS-India’s legal team conducted the first orientation for lawyers who have offered to donate their time pro-bono to the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Project. More such orientations are scheduled in the coming weeks.Lawyers from different backgrounds, united with a passion for conservation are attending the orientation scheduled every week. If you are trained in law and want to contribute your legal skills to countering the horrific organized crime of wildlife trafficking, write to us at&n...

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Green Avengers Award for WCS staff

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(June 07, 2019) Mumbai: WCS-India researcher Nikit Surve has been awarded the Maha Mumbai Tarun Bharat Green Avengers Award 2019. He was felicitated during a program ‘Green Idea 2019’ organized by Mumbai Tarun Bharat, a Marathi newspaper. The award was granted in recognition of his work in the field of environment protection and conservation on the occasion of WorldEnvironmentDay.Working on human leopard interactions in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Nikit who com...

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Kerala Forest Department organises Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation workshop

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(May 27, 2019) Taking up conservation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity on a priority basis, the Kerala Forest Department organized a one-day workshop on “Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives in Kerala” on Saturday at its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.Senior officers from the Forest Department including Shri P.K. Kesavan, IFS (PCCF and Head of Forest Force (HoFF)), Shri Surendra Kumar, IFS (PCCF (WL) and CWW), and Shri V. Gopinathan, IFS (PCCF and HoFF, Retd.) were pres...

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Lessons from the field

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(May 14, 2019) Students of the MSc course in Wildlife Biology and Conservation interacted with conservationists at WCS-India and learnt about the various aspects of conservation applied in the field, as well as the challenges involved. From the ingredients for a good relocation process to how wildlife trade is detected, they were given a quick view of the ground realities.Mr P M Muthanna giving a quick overview of the conservation activitiesAddressing the audience, Mr P M Muthanna, Assistant Director of Conser...

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WCS-India CWT Team meets Asia team

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(May 09, 2019) Bangalore: Dr. Scott Roberton, Director, Counter Wildlife Trafficking Asia and Charlotte Davies, Analyst (CWT) and other WCS staff from Asia visited the WCS-India Bangalore office from 6th to 8th May. WCS-India CWT Team led by Prakriti Srivastava (Country Director),. Sahila Kudalkar (CWT Program Manager), Mridula Vijairaghavan (Legal Adviser), and Aristo Mendis (Researcher) had a productive interaction with the Asia team over the three days, where they exchanged notes on the progress of the CWT ...

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