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  • Certificate Course in Nature Interpretation for Zoo Guide Training under Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)

    Inaugural Session

    A Certificate Course on Nature Interpretation for Zoo Guide Training is being organized by ENVIS Resource Partner “Wildlife and Protected Areas Management”, Wildliffe Institute of India, Dehradun, in association with Central Zoo Authority and Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad. The course is a 10 day programme from 30th November to 9th December, 2019.

    The Function began by lighting of the lamp by the honourable mayor of Ahmedabad, Smt. Bijalben Patel and representatives of all the organisations coordinating for the course i.e. ENVIS Resource Partner “Wildlife and Protected Areas Management”, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Central Zoo Authority and Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad

    At the outset, Dr. Bitapi Sinha, Scientist G, Wildlife Institute of India and Course Director welcomed the delegates with a book and introduced all the organisers. She then spoke about the course, its objectives and what it plans to achieve as an outcome.

    The first phase is being held for the zoos based in the western region and explained Ahmedabad was chosen as the venue because Kamla Nehru Zoo is a model that everyone can follow and the city in itself has a lot to teach. She encouraged the participants from different states to learn from each other, grow during the course and keep in contact even after the course ends to attain the ultimate objective of learning and becoming good Zoo Guides. She also informed everyone about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, menace of plastics and that this it was a plastic free event and the importance of same.

    Dr. Devendra Thakur, Evaluation and Monitoring Officer, Central Zoo Authority introduced the participants to the objective of the course, how after the then Environment Minister, Dr. Harshvardhan suggested to start a green skilling programme of zoos and after brainstorming sessions with experts, the idea of the course came about.

    They identified 8 different aspects where training of personnel is required and Zoo Guides is the first of them to start with. Dr. R. K. Sahu, Director, Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad, said it was an honour that the first course is being held in Ahmedabad. He told the students how everyday there is new information to learn. And this course would help them become good zoo guides and open new opportunities for them.

    Smt. Bijalben Patel, the honourable mayor of Ahmedabad, then addressed the gathering and spoke about how pleased and honoured she was that the course was being held in the city. She welcomed everyone to the heritage city of Ahemdabad.

    She said she was sure this course will sharpen the knowledge and improve the skills of the participants. She spoke about how all of us travel to places and certainly have interests to see a new place, learn about it But to make the visit enjoyable we look forward to some guidance and information beyond Google and Wikipedia.

    This information is provided by trained guides in an easy to understand language with correct facts and not fiction. She spoke about her personal connection and interest in animals and in development of Zoos. She also reminded everyone about how hazardous the single-use plastic had become.

    We also need to look at the traditional material used earlier like cloth bags, clay pot, wood for furniture, steel as containers and metal-ware as storage etc. She wished everyone a successful course and an enjoyable stay with good the memories of Ahmedabad.

    Dr. Bitapi Sinha presented a memento to the mayor as a token of appreciation and Ms. Sounika Karmakar, Programme Officer, ENVIS Resource Partner, Wildlife Institute of India closed the inaugural session with a vote of Thanks.

  • National Outreach for Awareness Generation on Urban Biodiversity

    A national outreach event for awareness generation on urban biodiversity was conducted at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in collaboration with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia. The workshop was organized as a part of the INTERACT-Bio project on the 14th and 15th of November 2019.

    Representatives from national, state and city governments participated in the workshop. The Mayor of Dehradun, Shri. Sunil Uniyal Gama, welcomed the 30 participants including the mayors from Gangtok and Bhuj to the city and expressed his appreciation for the programme stating that it was timely and necessary. Dr. G.S. Rawat, Director, WII, emphasized that this workshop opens up a new arena of work- urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for the institute.

    The workshop dealt with various aspects relating to urban biodiversity. The technical sessions included discussions on legislation, policy and finance in the context of urban biodiversity, Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)/ Nature-based solutions and the tools and techniques for decision making, monitoring and regulation of urban biodiversity. The participants were subsequently taken to the field in Rajpur and Mussoorie to experience how urban biodiversity links with the history and cultural heritage of a city.

    The event was well appreciated by all the participants and the speakers as this was the first step to mainstreaming biodiversity in city planning.

  • GIS Day celebrations

    On the occasion of GIS DAY, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) organized the ‘GET SET GIS Workshop’ for the researchers on 11th November 2019. The celebration at the campus received a participation about 80 researchers. The full day program consisted of a technical session in forenoon with hands on training for beginners, covering the basics of GIS software, Google Earth and Maps. The idea was to impart basic cartography skills. Different maps, prepared by the researchers of WII from different projects and by the IT, RS & GIS Lab were showcased to the students to demonstrate the context and various applications of maps. The participants prepared study area maps of which the best three were awarded prizes.

    1st Prize- Abhin N, 2nd Prize- Moulik Sarkar, 3rd Prize- Uddalak T. Bindhani

    The afternoon hosted a fun packed session, full of games and prizes. The games were ‘color the map’ and ‘treasure hunt’ with in the campus, which was open for all.  An ArcMap Story of WII Nature trail, was presented.

    The Treasure Hunt prizes were awarded to 1st Prize- Abhin N, 2nd Prize- Basawaraj M

    In addition the three best coloured maps were declared the winners.

    Book Prize, printed photo frames and coffee mugs were presented to the winners by the Nodal & Associate Nodal Officer (IT,RS & GIS Cell), Registrar and Dean and Director. The program ended with certificate distribution to the participants followed by Director’s concluding remarks.

    GIS Day celebrations

  • XVII WII- FODS Wildlife & Environment Quiz organised at WII, Dehradun, 1st October, 2019

    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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  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16th September, 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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  • National Repository facility inaugurate In Wildlife Institute of India

    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.

  • 2nd Ganga Biodiversity Conservation Seminar (August 22, 2019)

    The 2ndGanga 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.

  • 2nd Endangered Species Recovery Programme Seminar

    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.

  • INSA Teachers Award (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.

     

       

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