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On the occasion of Wildlife Week, ENVIS Resource Partner (RP) on ‘Wildlife and Protected Areas’, at Wildlife Institute of India (WII) organised the annual ‘WII- FODS Wildlife & Environment Quiz’ for schools of Dehradun and Mussoorie. This was the 17th year of this quiz started in 2003 and is being held regularly ever since. The Friends of the Doon Society (FODS) collaborates with the ENVIS RP for this event. The quiz aims at spreading awareness about Forest, Wildlife, and Environment; and encourages the students to contribute to its conservation. Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh, Former Dean, WII graced the occasion as chief guest.
18 schools participated with three members for each team belonging to Classes IX-XI. There was a preliminary qualifying written round and based on the marks obtained, six schools were selected for the audio-visual main round. Mr. Abdus Shakur gave a presentation on ‘Wildlife trade and what can be done on an individual level by the students to prevent that.’
Wynberg Allen, Mussoorie emerged as the winner taking with them the Samir Ghosh Rolling Trophy and cash prizes presented by the Friends of the Doon Society. ENVIS RP, WII presented the winning team, a Rolling Trophy, Book Prizes and Certificates. Dr. G.S. Rawat, Dean and Director, WII and Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh addressed the gathering.
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Last Updated: October 10, 2019
ENVIS Resource Partner at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand organised a programme to celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16th September, 2019 in the WII premises. Digital Posters and Presentations were displayed throughout the Institute to create awareness amongst all the staff and researchers.
The programme started with Ms. Sounika Karmakar, Programme Officer, ENVIS, WII welcoming the audience and spoke about the Ozone Layer and why this day is celebrated. She then gave a brief introduction about the activities lined up.
A documentary “Arctic and the Ozone” were screened followed by messages and videos released by various organizations like the United Nations Environment Programme for the day.
Dr. Anju Baroth, ENVIS Co-Coordinator addressed the gathering speaking about the importance of the Ozone Layer and the importance of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
A debate was held amongst the Msc Students of WII on the motion “32 years and healing” which is also the theme for this year. Students spoke For and Against the motion and put across very strong points for their arguments. Dr. Anju Baroth, Scientist C and ENVIS Co Coordinator, Dr. Malvika Onial, Scientist D, and Dr. Gautam Talukdar presided over the debate and acted as Judges.
The Winners in the Debate Competition were:
First Prize: S. Varsha, Masters in Heritage Conservation and Management
Second Prize: J. Bhaalasaraswathi, Masters in Heritage Conservation and Management
Third Prize: Avichal Tatu, Masters in Wildlife Science
Books on nature were given as the prize along with the certificates.
A discussion on the topics related to the Ozone Layer was undertaken amongst the Judges and the Audience members.
Dr. Anju Baroth ended the programme with a Vote of Thanks.
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Last Updated: September 18, 2019
The National Biodiversity Authority has designated the Wildlife Institute of India as one of the National Repository under Section 39 of the Biodiversity Act 2002. This repository serves as safe custody of the different categories of Biological Resources including voucher specimens from Protected Areas of India. In order to maintain the deposit, the Wildlife Institute of India has established National Repository in the Institute, which was inaugurated by Dr. Erach Bharucha, WII Faculty Assessment and Promotion committee on 26 August 2019. During the occasion, Dr. H.S. Pabla, Chariman, WII-TRAC, Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. J.A. Johnson, Nodal Scientist, NBA National Repository, WII Centre and other faculty members were present.
Last Updated: August 27, 2019
The 2nd “Ganga Biodiversity Conservation” seminar was held on 22nd August 2019, at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun. The seminar showcased research carried out under the National Mission for Clean Ganga and Wildlife Institute of India’s initiative “Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation” project.
The Ganga River has a vast geo-morphology, encompassing three biogeographic zones and spanning across five most densely populated states of India. Considering the state of the Ganga River, and its significance in Indian culture and religion, the project was initiated in 2016 with an aim to implement ecological elements in Ganga restoration, with the help of multiple stakeholders. With its first phase winding up, the seminar included a wide array of topics with a commonality of Ganga’s ecological restoration.
Dr. Ruchi Badola, Scientist G and Project Co-coordinator, welcomed the dignitaries and guests. Dr. S.A. Hussain, Scientist G and Project Coordinator, provided an overview of the project. He emphasized the efforts made by the team and introduced the second phase of the project, which will implement basin level river conservation efforts from January 2020. Dr. Y.V. Jhala, Scientist G, Wildlife Institute of India said that it is important to make science meaningful to the people and thus the studies should focus on implementing science-based information and finding novel approaches to conserve rivers. Padmashri Dr. Anil P. Joshi, the Chief Guest of the seminar in his opening remarks, emphasized on the need of considering rivers as holistic ecosystems and acknowledging the deleterious impacts that human have on riverine ecosystem. He further highlighted the issue of water scarcity in the country and the need of involving local communities in river restoration, since watershed management activities at the grass roots level initiated by local communities ensure sustainability to the scientific efforts.
The group then proceeded to release the Training database, Ganga Biodiversity Calendar for Bal Ganga Praharis, a booklet on Water Conservation Approach for Bal Ganga Praharis, Neelu story, and a brochure and leaflet on “Wetlands and Water Programme”. The Ganga Biodiversity Calendar, booklet on Water Conservation Approach, Neelu story are efforts towards spreading awareness about Ganga’s biodiversity and water conservation among Bal Ganga Praharis. The brochure and leaflet on the “Wetlands and Water Programme” is an introduction to the initial basin level management work carried out as a part of Phase II project in-lieu with the Jal Shakti Abhiyan. The brochure emphasizes the importance of wetland restoration for water security in the Ganga basin.
The Ganga Biodiversity Conservation seminar covered three technical sessions and a poster session. The first session of the seminar covered four studies on the ecology and management of the Ganga River. The presenters concluded that the Ganga River has a mosaic of habitat, resulting in good ecological health, but caution must be taken to limit anthropogenic pressure through strategic restorative and regulatory measures. The second session focused on aquatic species conservation with species-specific presentations, which concluded that the current state of focal aquatic species in the river is good, with the upper and lower Ganga contributing significantly to species diversity. The third session emphasized the need for community participation in Ganga conservation and highlighted the efforts made by the team in spreading awareness, motivating and educating people about the importance of the Ganga River. The presentations provided novel insights about the Ganga River and its aquatic species that can serve as a baseline for further research and aid in formulating management strategies for systematic conservation of the river. The poster session was held throughout the day where 20 researchers presented their studies on the Ganga River, spanning from species-level studies to community based approaches, to policy and planning.
The seminar was chaired by officials from state forest departments, representatives from NMCG and from the Nuclear Power Corporation India Limited. They highlighted the need for more such efforts for river conservation and water security and commended the work done by the team.
Last Updated: August 26, 2019
The 2nd Endangered Species Recovery Programme Seminar was conducted at the Wildlife Institute of India on 23rd August, 2019. Rapidly growing anthropogenic pressures and incompatible land uses outside protected areas threatens the ecological integrity of broader land- and seascapes. Realizing the need of immediate conservation efforts to reverse the declining trend of several terrestrial and marine species, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) entrusted Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to develop guidelines for species conservation action plans. Subsequently in 2015, the MoEFCC tasked WII to prepare Endangered Species Recovery Plans (ESRP) for identified nationally and globally important species such as Dugong, Great Indian Bustard, Manipuri Deer- Sangai and Gangetic Dolphin. The MoEFCC has funded this program for an initial period of five years under the National Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Advisory Council.
The Endangered Species Recovery Programs are being adopting a multi-pronged approach that includes conservation research, technology aided management support, training and capacity building of the implementing agencies, monitoring of population and habitats, stakeholder sensitization and mobilization, and mitigation of threats in priority habitats. The goal of this program is to ensure long term persistence of these species in wild through multi-stakeholder partnerships wherein the conservation contribution of local community is recognized and incentivized. The program envisages a close cooperation and collaboration between different State Governments, where these species occur, and WII, key civil society organizations and MoEFCC for effective and timely implementation of the proposed conservation measures. A total of 20 presentations were made covering various aspects of conservation of this species including its status, ecology, habitat, community participation, awareness programme, etc. Dr. S.K. Khanduri, Former IGF(WL), MoEF&CC was the chairperson of the Seminar. Managers from various states and more than 200 researchers participated in this one day workshop. It was informed that the major threats to these four species have been at declining trent but getting the visual impact of this programme on population size may take 10 to 20 years as these are slow breeding animals. Dr Khanduri expressed his satisfaction about the progress of the project and appreciated the collective efforts of Wildlife Institute of India, State Forest Departments, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, CAMPA Authority of MoEF&CC, Wildlife Division of MoEF&CC and NGOs to recover these highly threated species. Earlier, Dr. K. Sivakumar welcomed the all participants including the Chairperson to the Seminar and provided background of seminar. Later, Dr Y.V. Jhala in his opening remarks explained the background of endangered species programme and its progress briefly.
Last Updated: August 24, 2019
Dr. S. Sathyakumar, Scientist-G, has been awarded the prestigious INSA Teachers Award (2019). This award has been instituted to recognise and honour teachers who have inspired students to take up careers in Science and Technology.
Last Updated: August 2, 2019
Wildlife, Environment and Elephant Quiz was organized by Wildlife Institute of India in collaboration with ENVIS Resource Partner on “Wildlife and Protected Areas” and Elephant Cell on 31st July, 2019 to commemorate World Elephant Day to be celebrated on 12th August, 2019. Various schools from Dehradun and Mussoorie participated in the quiz. A total of 36 schools participated for group I category (classes 6, 7 & 8) and 35 schools for group II (classes 9, 10 & 11), which comprised of 213 student participants.
The prizes will be awarded to the winners on the ‘World Elephant Day’ celebration program on 12th August, 2019, at the WII auditorium.
Last Updated: August 2, 2019
The National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India, celebrated the International Tiger Day on 29th July, 2019, at the residence of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. During the event, two WII-NTCA reports viz. Fourth Cycle of Tiger Population Estimation, 2018 and Fourth Cycle of Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Tiger Reserve, 2018 were released by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.
Releasing the 4th Cycle of MEE report on all 50 tiger reserves in the country, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India complimented the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India and the Managers and Frontline Staff for institutionalizing the MEE process in India. India now proudly stands amongst the select group of nations that have successfully demonstrated the significance of adopting an outcome-based approach for tiger conservation.
‘Inspite of all resource constraints, India has been able to manage its tiger reserves effectively as reflected in the mean score of 70% in this assessment and none of the tiger reserve has been ranked in poor category’ said Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. He urged all managers, scientists and stakeholders engaged in tiger conservation to continue with their efforts to safeguard India’s wilderness resources.
Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that there has been a continuous improvement in the MEE ratings of Tiger Reserves, which started in 2006 and have now completed four successive cycles.
Last Updated: August 2, 2019
A one-week Asian Development Bank supported training workshop to build capacity for conserving and managing natural capital during the planning and implementation of transportation projects in South Asia was held at WII, Dehradun from 15th July to 19th July, 2019.
The key objective of the training workshop was to support the capacity building of individuals and organizations working in the implementation of Green Linear Infrastructure projects in the transportation sector in South Asia.
Transportation infrastructure projects invariably involve considerable amount of land diversion and long-term investments. These projects also have the potential to cause severe impacts to the environment and wildlife. To counter these adverse effects of developments, it is imperative to enhance capacity to address the negative impacts of linear infrastructure projects on biodiversity and harmonize conservation with development goals.
In this context, Asian development Bank has partnered with Wildlife Institute of India (WII) on the project ‘Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific’. Building capacity to promote ecologically friendly and sustainable road and rail development projects in Asia forms an important component of this project.
Shri. Parveen Pardeshi, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai while inaugurating the programme highlighted the need to harmonize conservation concerns with developmental imperatives. Dr V.B. Mathur, Director, WII, emphasised that capacity constraints in planning green transportation projects remain one of the biggest challenges for avoiding and mitigating potential impacts of road, rail and other transport infrastructure across South Asia. He said that the outcome of the programme would help guide responsible development in consonance with conservation of natural capital.
Twenty participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka representing sectoral development agencies for roads and highways, railways as well as from development banks attended this programme.
Last Updated: July 19, 2019
The UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun (UNESCO C2C at WII), inaugurated the Master’s Course in Heritage Conservation and Management on 1st July 2019. In an inaugural function, graced by Chief Guest, Dr Nitin Kumar Pethani, Vice Chancellor of Saurashtra University, and Guests of Honour, Dr G.C. Bhimani, Saurashtra University, and Dr Ravindra Singh, Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, the first batch of students were ushered in. In his welcome address, Dr G.S. Rawat, Dean, Faculty of Wildlife Science, WII, expressed his pleasure that ten enthusiastic, motivated students from diverse backgrounds have been selected for this course (see profile: link http://wii.gov.in/msc_student_heritage) and wished them the best for the term of their stay at WII. Dr V.B. Mathur, Director, WII, in his opening remarks explained on how the UNESCO C2C developed the course in line with the education mandate of the Centre. He emphasised that this course is interdisciplinary in nature and advances the sustainability science through the prism of heritage and will train students to evolve into competent heritage professionals. He added that the course is designed to combine theoretical and methodological integration of ecological sciences, social sciences, humanities and heritage studies. The students of the 1st Batch of Master’s Course in Heritage Conservation and Management were introduced by the Course Director, Dr Malvika Onial. Dr G.C. Bhimani welcomed the students of both the courses and enlightened the audience on the importance of the day of 1st July in history as the beginning of Van Mahotsav in our country every year. Subsequently, Dr Ravindra Singh expressed his hope for the students to successfully complete their course and contribute to natural and cultural heritage conservation. Finally, Dr Nitin Kumar Pethani emphasized the need and importance of this course in enhancing the capacity for heritage protection and management.
Last Updated: July 18, 2019