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On the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22nd May, 2018 a workshop “Ganga and its Biodiversity: Developing a Road Map for Habitat and Species Conservation” was jointly organized by NMCG-WWF, in New Delhi. During this workshop, the Chief Guest Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari released two publications prepared by the Ganga Aqaulife Conservation Monitoring Centre, Wildlife Institute of India i.e. “Macro Fauna of the Ganga River: Status and Conservation of Select Species”, and “Ganga River – State of Biodiversity at a Glance”.
The Hon’ble Minister also launched the database of Ganga Prahari - the cadre of self-motivated and trained volunteers from five Ganga States. This database has been hosted at the NMCG’s website (nmcg.nic.in) and will be managed from the Wildlife Institute of India. This cadre has been created under the community participation model by community based conservation component of ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation’ project. This database includes personal information of all Ganga Praharis such as age, gender, educational qualification, occupation, skills and interests besides expedient details of their contact. Details on the number of activities such as awareness meetings, training workshops conducted for Ganga Praharis and onsite activities conducted by these Ganga Praharis have also been listed. All the organizations associated with National Mission for Clean Ganga can access this information through NMCG and WII website.
Shri U.P Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; Shri Rajeev Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Shri Rajiv Kishore, Executive Director (Administration), National Mission for Clean Ganga; Shri Ravi Singh, CEO, WWF-India, and other eminent policy planners, scientists and conservationists representing NMCG, WWF, TSA, CEE graced the occasion. About 40 Ganga Mitras and Ganga Praharis from five Ganga River states, were also present on the occasion. The project personnel of the ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation’ also participated in the workshop.
Last Updated: March 12, 2019
Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG); Shri Rozy Agarwal, Executive Director (Finance), NMCG; Shri Avinash D. Ghushe, OSD, Minister (MoWR, RD, GR); Shri Praveen Kumar, Director (Technical); Dr. Raghav Langar, Project Director, State Project Management Group, Uttarakhand and Dr. Sandeep Behera, Biodiversity Consultant, NMCG, visited Wildlife Institute of India, on 18th April 2018. Aim of the visit was to appraise the activities carried out under the "Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation" project. The project "Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation" is an integral part NMCG’s vision for Ganga Rejuvenation by restoring Ganga’s ecological integrity.
The WII-NMCG project team members comprising of the faculty and project personnel participated in the meeting.
The dignitaries were welcomed by Dr. Ruchi Badola, Scientist-G, WII and were felicitated with Rudraksh sapling and framed photographs of the priority aquatic species of the Ganga River. After the felicitation ceremony, Dr. S.A. Hussain, Scientist-G, WII gave a brief introduction about the establishment, mission, objective and structure of the Wildlife Institute of India. He presented an overview of the "Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation" project, related to its inception, aim, objectives, components and the activities that have been completed and are ongoing. The dignitaries were also shown the relevant and key publications: brochures, books and reports related to the project.
Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and other dignitaries were appreciative about the activities carried out under the project. Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra appreciated the concept of Ganga Prahari and capacity building activities carried out for different stakeholders. He was pleased with the brochures, booklets and reports published so far and was impressed with the use of digital media, print media and social media for creating awareness amongst the public regarding aquatic diversity of the Ganga River and Ganga rejuvenation. Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra concluded that integration and a holistic approach is the key for the rejuvenation of the Ganga River.
After the meeting, the dignitaries were taken on a brief tour to the Ganga Aqualife Conservation Monitoring Centre (GACMC), the laboratories, and the newly built UNESCO C2C building in the WII premises.
Last Updated: May 7, 2018
- Background Note on Consultative Meeting on “Dehradun Research and Academic Consortium” (351 kb)
- Minutes of the meeting on formation of DRAC, held at WII, Dehradun (860 kb)
- List of participants in consultative meeting on Dehradun Research and Academic Consortium (DRAC) (413 kb)
Last Updated: May 1, 2018
The UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, celebrated World Heritage Day (WHD) on April 18, 2018 by organizing a series of events. Participants included school students from three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) of India namely, Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (Uttarakhand), The Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (Himachal Pradesh) and Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) as well as from Model School, National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan), Dehradun. The primary objective of the celebration was raising awareness and exposure of school students through nature walk, field visit, quiz contest and cultural performances. The students visited museums at Forest Research Institute and ONGC at Dehradun as well as Nature Trail in the WII campus for exposure trips. The students also took part in an exciting Quiz competition on attributes of World Heritage Sites in India. The students performed in a cultural programme with song and dance. Nearly 50 members were part of the WHD celebration including students, teachers and staff.
Last Updated: April 19, 2018
Last Updated: April 19, 2018
Acknowledging the demonstrated capability of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in the field of wildlife, biodiversity, and natural heritage conservation, UNESCO and Government of India decided to establish the Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun with a formal signing of the agreement on 2nd September, 2015.
A new building for the Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India at an event organized in the premises of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on 10th March, 2018. After inaugurating and taking a tour of the new building, the Hon’ble Minister addressed the large gathering of distinguished guests along with staff and researchers of the Wildlife Institute of India by lauding the capacity and competence of WII to have achieved this prestigious recognition. Dr Harsh Vardhan noted with pleasure that this Centre had the unique distinction of being the first Centre in the world on natural heritage conservation. He acknowledged the Centre’s activities over the last three years of its functioning and urged the Centre to further strengthen India’s leadership in the Asia and the Pacific region as per its mandate. On this occasion he planted a sapling of Magnolia champaca.
The Minister highlighted the support from the Government of India by pointing out that the Cabinet approval for establishing this Centre was given in the meeting chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Foundation Stone of the building was also laid by Shri Prakash Javadekar ji, the then Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge). Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated the Government’s commitment not only to strengthen the Category 2 Centre but also to take forward the proposal for designating Wildlife Institute of India as an Institute of National Importance (INI) to its logical conclusion.
Shri Siddhanta Das, the Director General of Forests & Special Secretary to Government of India graced the occasion as Guest of Honour and congratulated the Wildlife Institute of India for the establishment of this Category 2 Centre. Shri Das too recalled the support of the Ministry to this endeavour and expressed confidence that the Centre will successfully fulfil its mandate of natural heritage conservation both within India and its neighbourhood.
Dr.V.B.Mathur, the Director, Wildlife Institute of India and UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region, expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Minister and acknowledged the presence of Shri Siddhanta Das, the Director General of Forests & Special Secretary to Government of India and Shri M.S. Negi, Additional Director General (Wildlife), MoEFCC along with other dignitaries for their presence on this momentous occasion. Dr. Mathur highlighted the long journey in the process of approval and establishment of this Centre and the Ministry’s generous support for the same. He mentioned that the C2C will function as an integral part of the Wildlife Institute of India by sharing its campus, management and human resources. The Director reiterated the commitment to deliver high quality outcomes through activities of WII and the UNESCO Category 2 Centre.
Last Updated: March 13, 2018
Wildlife Institute of India has organized a one-week compulsory training course for Indian Forest Service Officers on “Ecotourism and Biodiversity Conservation” was conducted from 12-16 February 2018 at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This course was co-sponsored by the Capacity building component of CAMPA-Dugong Recovery program and the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. This training course was designed to achieve the objectives of mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into eco-tourism sector in India. The course was attended by 36 IFS officers from thirteen state cadres (AGMUT, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand) and two ministries (Ministry of Ayush & Ministry of Tribal Affairs).
Last Updated: February 21, 2018
ENVIS Resource Partner 'Wildlife and Protected Areas’, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun has organized a 'Nature Awareness cum Bird watching cum Wetland Clean-up Programme' for the school children of Uttrakhand. This programme was jointly supported by the State Forest Department especially the Chakrata Forest Division and School Education Department of Uttrakhand. This programme was conducted as part of 'World Wetlands Day 2018' celebrations. School children from five schools, located at vicinity of the Conservation Reserve were participated in this programme. The programme was inaugurated with address by Mr. S. K. Kala, ACF, Chakrata Forest Division, Dehradun. Mr. Ashutosh Singh from Wildlife Institute of India presented a lecture on the Importance of Birds and their ecological roles with identification guidance. Principal of Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Dhalipur, Mr. Muhammad Aquil Chauhan addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of saving our ecosystems. A drawing competition was organized with topics of 'Paryavaran Sanrakshan and Nam Bhumi- Asan Conservation Reserve'. Winners of the competition have been honoured with prize by the Team of ENVIS Resource Partner (WII).
Last Updated: February 2, 2018
The 69th Republic Day was celebrated at the Wildlife Institute of India on 26th January, 2018. Addressing the gathering of Institute’s faculty, staff, researchers, officer trainees and students Dr. V.B.Mathur, Director emphasized on the need to uphold the constitution of India in both letter and spirit and to promote peace, equality and justice for all through inclusive governance. He recalled the Institute’s contribution in securing the natural assets and unique heritage of the country through capacity building initiatives of the Ministryof Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and of State Forest Departments and other stakeholders. He informed that Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has agreed to lead the process for designating WII as an ‘Institute of National Importance (INI)’. He said that the Institute’s current efforts in resource mobilization were giving excellent outcomes and these had to be pursued with greater zeal.‘Certificate of Appreciation’ were awarded to individuals involved in successful operationalization of the ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) train of Government of India and the Institute staff for their outstanding performance during 'Hindi Fortnight 2018'.
Following the flag hoisting, the Institute launched the 'Campus Solid Organic Waste Management Programme', for which technical assistance was provided by Ms. Meera Iyer, Principal Central Academy of State Forest Service (CASFOS) and her team. A volleyball match was also played between CASFOS and WII teams.
Last Updated: January 27, 2018
Science Express is an innovative mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach air conditioned train, which has been custom-built for Department of Science & Technology (DST) by the Indian Railways. This unique mobile exhibition was first launched in October 2007 by DST. It has since then made nine tours of the country, traveling about 161,000 kilometers and exhibiting at 530 locations. Science Express is the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition and has six entries in the Limca Book of Records. This virtual exhibition experience is an attempt to make the Science Express Exhibition even more accessible and reachable to audience who may not reach to the train.
Last Updated: January 25, 2018