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Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing Strategies to Support Dugong Conservation

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Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing Strategies to Support Dugong Conservation
(October 26, 2023) On 19th and 20th October, the Marine Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society - India, in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and OMCAR Foundation, hosted the "Intra- Regional Workshop on Developing strategies to Support Dugong Conservation,Tamil Nadu" at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. The workshop saw participation by 34 representatives from the Tamil Nadu State Forest Department, Department of Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare, BOBP-IGO, ZSI, WII, NCSCM, CMFRI, CIBA,...

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In Loving Memory: Remembering Lokesh K. S., A Valued Member of WCS-India

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In Loving Memory: Remembering Lokesh K. S., A Valued Member of WCS-India
(July 07, 2023) It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the untimely demise of Lokesh KS, a beloved member of our WCS-India family since 2006. Lokesh played a vital role in our Livelihood Support Programme and dedicatedly contributed to conservation efforts throughout the Mysore landscape. During this challenging period, our heartfelt condolences and sympathies are extended to Lokesh's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.  

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New study documents the extent of plastic ingestion as an emerging threat to endangered Asian elephants in Uttarakhand, India

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New study documents the extent of plastic ingestion as an emerging threat to endangered Asian elephants in Uttarakhand, India
(July 06, 2022) Written by Advaith Jaikumar | Edited by Dipti Humraskar An Asian elephant takes a stroll through a forest in India | Image: Sachin Rai Key Highlights: A new study finds that Asian elephants are ingesting a large amount of human-generated waste, including plastic of varied sizes. Scientists examined elephant dung samples to quantify ingestion of plastic. Plastic waste is found in landfills near forest fringes, where elephants often forage. Elephants carry this plastic int...

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'

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Prema - Vijaya Karnataka's 'Super Star Farmer 2021'
(January 06, 2022) We are proud to share that Prema, a resident of the Sollepura Voluntary Relocation Centre, H. D. Kote, has been honoured by yet another award given to farmers! Vijaya Karnataka, a leading Kannada daily, recently chose her as a ‘VK Super Star Raitha 2021’ (which translates to ‘super star farmer’). Here’s a small video that sums up Prema’s journey into farming. Watch video Following is the English translation of the same: 'Prema, a resident of th...

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Tale of Two Farmers

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Tale of Two Farmers
(November 12, 2021) (Text by Sourabha Rao) Prema, a beneficiary of our Livelihood Support programme, is a farmer of relentless dedication. A hardworking woman from a forest community, dwelling in the Sollepura Voluntary Relocation Centre, Prema was honoured with the ‘Best Progressive Farmer, District Level-Mysuru’ Award yesterday at the Krishi Mela by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. She was selected for the inauguration of the programme. Prema grows ragi, tomato, beans...

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Daasi wins ‘Raita Ratna’ award

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Daasi wins ‘Raita Ratna’ award
(February 16, 2021) Daasi, a voluntarily relocated woman of the Sollepura Relocation Centre, is an independent farmer who has been involved in sustainable agriculture for nearly a decade-and-a-half now. Apart from the three-acre land she received as a part of the government sponsored voluntary relocation scheme, she has taken two more acres on lease to grow mushrooms, coconut, areca and cardamom among other things. We are grateful for the generous support of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Lim...

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'Super Farmer' Daasi wins ‘Phalashreshtha Award’

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'Super Farmer' Daasi wins ‘Phalashreshtha Award’
(January 15, 2021) Daasi, a woman from a forest community in Nagarahole National Park voluntarily relocated to the Sollepura resettlement center in HD Kote taluk in 2007, and has been independently farming ever since. Belonging to the Jenukuruba tribe, she is a mother of ten, and after her husband’s passing, had been eking a living by selling minor forests produce. Post voluntary relocation, she has been able to take up agricultural activities and has been harvesting a diverse range of crops – from mai...

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The New 'Superstar Farmer'

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The New 'Superstar Farmer'
(November 30, 2020) Voluntarily relocated tribal man, Vijaya, was honoured as a 'Superstar Farmer' by the Kannada newspaper Vijaya Karnataka in Mysore on 27 November 2020.Vijaya Karnataka daily is identifying progressive farmers with help from the experts for the last couple of years. Vijaya, a first-generation farmer who is also a primitive tribe, was selected for this award from the Heggadadevana Kote Taluk.Vijaya’s father Puttaiah was a resident of Maladahadi tribal settlement of Antharasanthe Wildlife Ran...

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area
(August 08, 2020) Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) approves to declare e 2,011 square kilometre Angria Bank as a protected area. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre for approval and action.The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday SBWL approved three key projects including the declaration of Angria Bank as a “designated area” under the Maritime Zones Act, 1976. The other two were the appointment of Sonneratia alba as state mangrove tree, and a recovery programme...

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This World Rangers Day, meet Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad

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(July 31, 2020) Every year, July 31 is celebrated as World Ranger Day to honor the guardians of our natural and cultural heritage. Rangers are faced with the challenging task of protecting forests from poaching and habitat destruction on the field, and World Ranger Day seeks to acknowledge and express gratitude to them for their service.In this spirit, we spoke to Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad, Kerala Forest Department about his support system, and why he enjoys being a forest officer.Bhaniklal, Range Offic...

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