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One week refresher training course for Indian Forest Officers on “Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospects” was inaugurated at Andaman & Nicobar Islands on 4th February, 2019 by Mr. Tarun Coomar, Principal Secretary (E&F) and PCCF, and Mr D.M. Shukla, PCCF(WL) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This one week course is being organized from 4- 8th February 2019 by Wildlife Institute of India in association with Department of Environment & Forest, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The course was attended by 29 IFS officers from 15 state cadres. An officer from the Indian Coast Guard is also participating in this programme. Inagural function was attended by various departments including the Zoological Survey of India.
The training was initiated with a comprehensive introduction to the coastal and marine biodiversity conservation in India by Dr. K. Sivakumar, Course Director. He has also elaborated upon the CAMPA funded- Species Recovery Programme. Dr. Alok Saxena presented a synopsis of the rich biodiversity of Andaman & Nicobar Islands with crucial insights about the impacts of tsunami in 2004. He also shared multiple images taken at the field to describe the threats to the marine biodiversity of the region and post-tsunami recovery of coral reefs and mangroves in the islands. The last session of the day was taken by Dr. Sivakumar on the 3rd National Wildlife Action Plan. The participants interacted with the resource persons on various aspects on marine biodiversity management in India between the sessions on the first day. It is planned to visit the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (MGMNP), Wandoor, Jhansi Rani Marine National Park and Baratang mangrove forests on coming days.
In India, there are multiple governance frameworks and structures that administer the coastal and marine environment. While these are intended to have positive outcomes, overlapping jurisdictions, contradictory mandates and limited coordination hinders multiple agencies from working effectively in coastal India. Management agencies in India are still having limited understanding about management of multiple use coastal and marine areas. Given this scenario, the challenge lies in reconciling livelihood needs and development vis-a-vis conservation. Therefore, this course was conducted to address the following issues:
- How effective are administrative/ governance/ legal frameworks for conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity and are these frameworks promoting integration of biodiversity conservation and livelihood enhancement?
- What are the existing and potential threats for conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity?
- What are the current policy and governance challenges to coastal and marine biodiversity conservation? What is the role of community in the governance and management of marine protected areas and ecologically sensitive coastal areas?
Last Updated: February 7, 2019
The 70th Republic Day was celebrated at the Wildlife Institute of India on 26th January, 2019. Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director hoisted the National flag. Addressing the Institute faculty, staff & researchers he said that the Institute had performed various tasks assigned by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India very successfully. Recently, MoEFCC had assigned the responsibility of both planning and implementing ‘Professional Development Scheme for Environment Regulators’. He said that International agencies viz. National Geographic and Asian Development Bank are now collaborating with WII for many projects in India in the field of wildlife and environment conservation.
He also distributed Certificate of Appreciation to the WII staff viz. Shri Mahesh Tyagi, S.T.O, Engineering Cell and Ms. Poonam Pal, Researcher, Ganga Programme for providing excellent services to the Institute.
Last Updated: February 5, 2019
The ENVIS Resource Partner at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on “Wildlife and Protected Areas”, celebrated World Ozone Day on 14th September, 2018. As part of the celebrations, a documentary titled “The Antarctic Ozone Hole - From Discovery to Recovery, a Scientific Journey” was screened along with two other short video clips from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). One was the message from the Executive Director of UNEP- Erik Solheim and the other clip was based on the theme “Be Cool and Save the Ozone Layer”. The documentary is an investigative journey through the history and science of the ozone layer and the actions taken to address this major environmental threat.
It seeks out explanations and answers from the scientists closest to the issue. Be Cool and Save the Ozone Layer clip is a wakeup call for the world to address the issue of using energy deficient appliances and the increasing temperature. Erik Solheim in his message stressed on the importance of Montreal Protocol and how all the communities around the world are working to protect Ozone Layer and also how Kigali Amendment will see nations reduce HFCs by more than 80% by the next 30 years and replace them with more planet-friendly alternatives.
Awareness posters on the Ozone Day were also displayed at the Institute auditorium. The event was attended by WII Faculty, Diploma Trainees, Researchers, M.Sc Students and other staff and was highly appreciated.
Ozone Day Quiz: An interactive quiz was also conducted amongst the attendees based on the documentary screened and the following were declared winners. A token of appreciation was awarded to them.
1. Sakshi Rana
2. Bhawna Dhawan
3. Upma Manral
4. Naveen Chandra Joshi
5. Suraj Kumar Dash
6. Uddalak Tathagato Bindhani
Last Updated: September 25, 2018
The Institute organized a half a day workshop and discussion on “Academic Ethics”. This workshop was part of the institutes initiative in maintaining the highest level of academic integrity, by sensitizing and engaging its researchers and faculty in discussions regarding scientific ethics. This workshop was attended by over 175 researchers and faculty of the institute.
Dr. Maria Thaker, who is a faculty at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore tackled issues related to scientific ethics and plagiarism. The discussions enabled researchers to deliberate on what plagiarism is, what is considered data fudging or massaging and other ethical breaches that are generally made knowingly or unknowingly. This was followed by a short demonstration of plagiarism detection software, which the institute subscribes to, “iThenticate”, by Mr. Anand Bajpai, Area Manager, Turnitin. This enables researchers and faculty to achieve and maintain ethical standards for publications that are directly or indirectly result from the research/ projects conducted by the institute. The two sessions were followed by an interactive session, where several interesting questions on the moral codes involved in doing scientific research, the nitty-gritties of what is considered plagiarism, and how to avoid these slip-ups was brought up by the researchers.
Last Updated: September 9, 2018
Last Updated: August 30, 2018
The Wildlife Institute of India launched its new project entitled “Knowledge Support to Development of Guidelines, Specialized Field Studies and Training on Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in India” on 24th August 2018, funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the Indo-German Technical Cooperation project entitled “Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in India (HWC)”, which is being jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and GIZ.
The inception workshop was chaired by Dr. H. S. Pabla, Chairman, Training, Research and Academic Council, Wildlife Institute of India and Dr Konrad Uebelhoer, Programme Director, Indo-German Biodiversity Programme, GIZ, who released the project brochure. This workshop was organized to launch the project activities, and to initiate planning for developing National Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Strategy and Action Plan (N-HWCM-SAP) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for conflict mitigation with selected species. The primary agenda of the workshop was to share information of the overall cooperation between MoEFCC-GIZ-WII through this Grant project, and to discuss the framework, key elements, approach and work-plan for drafting N-HWCM-SAP and SOPs.
The workshop was attended by senior forest officials, scientists and researchers. The workshop included case studies, knowledge café, and group discussions on N-HWCM-SAP and SOPs for carnivore and herbivore species. At the end, frameworks and key elements of N-HWC-SAP and SOPs were finalized. Groups of experts for each, along with tentative dates and venue for regional and national workshops to present zero draft of N-HWC-SAP and SOPs were also decided.
Last Updated: September 8, 2018
India’s 72nd Independence Day was celebrated in the Wildlife Institute of India campus on 15th August, 2018. Hoisting the national flag, Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director recalled the sacrifices of the countrymen during the freedom struggle that finally led to India’s Independence.
He said that Government of India had assigned several new responsibilities to the Institute for planning and implementing species recovery programmes in respect of 4 critically endangered wild animal species viz. Great Indian Bustard, Gangetic Dolphin, Dugong and Manipur Deer and the Institute had taken up the challenge of ‘field conservation’ in 14 States of the country, where these species occur. Similarly, under the National Mission for Clean Ganga the Institute has recently established a ‘Ganga Aqualife Conservation and Monitoring Centre’ in the campus and ‘Ganga Biodiversity Knowledge Centres’ have also been established at Narora and Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh; Sahibganj in Bihar and Bhagalpur in Jharkhand. He urged the Institute’s scientists, researchers, students and staff for their continued support in successfully meeting the various challenges and new responsibilities assigned to the Institute.
On this occasion, award and certificates were given to school children who had excelled in programmes organized during World Environment Day 2018
Name of Student
St. Patrick’s Academy
Poster Making Competition
Name of Student
DSKSS Secondary School
A certificate of appreciation was given to Shri Satish Kumar for providing excellent services in the Organic Solid Waste Management Programme initiated by the Institute in January, 2018.
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by launching of Organic Solid Waste Management Programme in WII staff campus.
Award and certificates to school children who had excelled in programmes organized during World Environment Day 2018
Certificate of appreciation to Shri Satish Kumar for providing excellent services in the Organic Solid Waste Management Programme
Launching of Organic Solid Waste Management Programme in WII staff campus
Last Updated: August 16, 2018
WII- ENVIS Resource Partner at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun is organizing Certificate Course on Ganga Prahari Livelihood Enhancement Course under Green Skill Development Programme from 23 July to 12 August, 2018 at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh.
The course for the Ganga Praharis i.e. identified youth from the villages in the proximity of the Ganga River, is of 3-week duration to empower them so that they could enhance their socio-economic status and conserve biodiversity.
Last Updated: July 25, 2018
The ENVIS Resource Partner at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun is organizing Certificate Course on Nature Interpretation for Rural Youth under Green Skill Development Programme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India at Manas Tiger Reserve, Assam from 8-28 July, 2018. This course for the youth from the villages in the proximity of the Protected Area, is of 3-week duration to empower them so that they could enhance their socio-economic status and conserve biodiversity. Altogether 26 youths are participating and more than 10 resource persons from diverse fields like Scientists, Doctors, Professors, Tourist Operators and Protected Area Managers are providing inputs. The trained person will be a nature guide with knowledge of biodiversity, conservation and good communication skills. He/ She can also be an independent nature guide/ naturalist in his local area or could be part of hospitality industry. The trained person will be able to collect baseline data from the field. This will enable them to be part of forest department, wildlife research NGO's and EIA teams etc.
On behalf of the PCCF(Wildlife), Assam, the Field Director of Manas Tiger Reserve inaugurated the course and interacted with the participants.
Last Updated: July 10, 2018
Last Updated: June 5, 2018