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  • Advertisement for the Admission to XVI M.Sc. Course in Wildlife Science (2017-2019)

    The Wildlife Institute of India (www.wii.gov.in) is an internationally acclaimed premier national institute in providing professional and training, research and advisory services in wildlife conservation and management. The Institute invites applications from eligible Indian and foreign candidates having passion for its prestigious 2 year Master’s Degree Programme in Wildlife Science for the Year 2017-2019.

    Total intake for the course is 20 students (15 Indian and 5 foreign nationals). The Institute will provide scholarships to eight Indian students based on their selection merit.  The scholarship covers academic fee, hostel accommodation fee and a monthly stipend. 

    The online registration of applicants, submission of application and payment of application processing fee will open on 02 March, 2017 and close on 15 April, 2017. 

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  • A Workshop on Machine Learning Applications held at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

    As part of CAMPA-Dugong Project, a training workshop on 'Machine Learning applications and open access for biodiversity conservation: Examples and details including climate change predictions' by professor Falk Huettmann from the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska was organised on the 29th and 30th December 2016. The workshop was attended by 35 researchers and it dealt with hands-on training on various aspects like data mining, bagging, boosting, etc. The workshop also covered the usage of data mining tools and open source software like R and QGIS as well as proprietary data mining software like Random Forest, CART, Tree Net, etc. for Predictive GIS Modelling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), and Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, etc. The workshop was concluded with fruitful discussions on importance of machine learning tools in different aspects of ecology and conservation (Contact Mr Anant Pande: anant [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in).

     

      

  • Release of Best Practice Guidance “Eco-Friendly Measures to Mitigate Impacts of Linear Infrastructure on Wildlife” in Annexe, India International Centre, New Delhi on 16th December 2016

    In response to the directive of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, and to respond to the growing challenges of maintaining healthy, living landscapes by reducing the conflicts associated with the expanding linear developments such as road, railway lines and powerlines, Wildlife Institute of India developed the set of best practice guidance - Eco-Friendly Measures to Mitigate Impacts of Linear Infrastructure on Wildlife.

    This guidance document was released by Shri A. N. Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment,  Forest and Climate Change(MoEF&CC) in the presence of Dr. S. S Negi, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary to the Government of India; Shri. B. S. Bonal, Additional Director General of Forest (Wildlife), MoEFCC and Dr. V. B. Mathur, Director, Wildlife Institute of India on 16th December 2016 at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The publication of this document was possible with the support of several partners especially the National Highway Authority of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Govt. of India and the World Bank.

    It is hoped that this document, the first for the country and for South Asia region, would serve as a valuable resource for planners, road and railway agencies and the powerline companies to enable them adopt smart solutions recommended in the guide to promote green infrastructure that would adequately address the need for 'development with caution’ in wildlife habitats within the integrated landscapes. Speaking on the occasion, Shri A. N. Jha Secretary, MoEF&CC complimented the Wildlife Institute of India for preparing such a document that would help to implement the practice of "Development without Destruction '. The challenge now is  to ensure that mitigation measures that are  proposed in the guidance document are actually implemented in the field, he added. 

  • One-week refresher training course for Indian Forest Service Officers on “Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospects”, from 5-9 December 2016 at Port Blair, A& N Islands

    One-week refresher training course for Indian Forest Service Officers on “Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in India: Challenges and Prospects” was organized jointly by MoEFCC, WII, GIZ and A&N Islands Forest Department from 5-9 December, 2016 at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This course was designed to achieve the objective of promoting integrated management of coastal and marine biodiversity in India. A total of 19 participants from the different State Forest Department have participated in this training. Officers from various States including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh were participated. Resource persons from reputed organizations including Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, WII, Dr. V.K. Melkani, PCCF(WL), TN, Dr. Alok Saxena, PCCF, ANI and Dr. Michael Vakily, GIZ, Mr M.S. Negi, PCCF(WL), ANI and Dr. K. Ravichandran, CCF(LW), ANI have provided inputs on diverse aspects of management, conservation and challenges in the coastal areas of India. This course was intended to enable the participants to have a sound understanding of the concepts and issues related to managing coastal and marine biodiversity, coastal and marine protected areas, ecological and socio-political context, conservation approaches and legal-policy frameworks between terrestrial and coastal marine PAs. The course curriculum and training methodologies that have been developed exclusively for this course were also shared with participants in both hard and soft copies. For further details, contact the Course Director Dr. K. Sivakumar at ksivakumar [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in.
  • Inauguration of Landscape Ecology and Visualization Laboratory at WII

    jpgInauguration of Landscape Ecology and Visualization Laboratory at WII The National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE), a program under the National Action Plan for Climate Change by the Prime Minister’s Office, is being coordinated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. Six Task Forces have been identified and are being implemented by six national research institutes including Wildlife Institute of India (WII), which is the Task Force on “Micro flora and fauna, Wildlife and Animal Population”. Under the Task Force, WII is implementing the project “Assessment and Monitoring of Climate Change Effects on Wildlife Species and Ecosystems for Developing Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies in the Indian Himalayan Region”. One of the objectives of this project is to set up Landscape Ecology and Visualization Laboratory that allows (1) creation of inter-operable spatial database, (2) linking field data and GIS data, (3) detailed spatial analyses to understand various drivers of biodiversity responses, (4) modeling and scenario building, (5) 2D and 3D visualizations, (6) map production and (7) capacity building including stakeholder negotiations for developing adaptations and policy planning. Conceived and designed by WII, funded by DST under the NMSHE program, the facility was executed by CPWD, Dehradun, with regular technical inputs by project team and resident engineer. It is a pioneering state-of-art-facility integrating field-based biological research, data center, visualization and communication facility, teaching devices and map productions at one place.

    The Landscape Ecology and Visualization Laboratory (LEVL) was formally inaugurated on 17 December 2016 by Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary to the Government of India (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director and Dr. G.S. Rawat, Dean of WII briefed the Secretary on the overall aim of such facility, while Dr. K. Ramesh, Scientist, along with the LEVL Team (Mr. Arun Kumar, Project Associate; Ms. Sujata Upgupta, Project Scientist and Ms. Tanvi, Project Fellow) made a detailed presentation on the evolution, objectives and operational components of the facility. The working of Laboratory will be interactive with project personnel and the stakeholders, and the outcome would be shared periodically, so that local solutions and adaptation strategies may be developed simultaneously. There is also a plan to design and execute concept-based and skill-based courses on landscape approach to natural resource management. It was placed on record the funding support by DST; execution by the CPWD and initial inputs by the University of British Columbia, Canada. The inauguration was attended by faculty members and Sectional Heads, research fellows of NMSHE project, staff of GIS and IT Cell of WII and staff of CPWD.

    Speaking on the occasion Shri A.N.Jha, Secretary, MoEFFCC, who is also the Chairman of WII Governing Body appreciated the initiative taken by the Institute in establishing a state-of-the-art facility, which would greatly facilitate both environmental decision-making at the country-level and in articulating India's position during international negotiations. This 'inspiring facility' would also serve as a role model for other scientific institutions as well as for MoEFCC, he added. 

  • Summary of 5th Annual Coordination Meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage related Category 2 Institutes and Centres on 22nd November 2016

    The 5th Annual Coordination Meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage related Category 2 Institutes and Centres took place in Dehradun, India on 22 November, 2016. The UNESCO Category 2 Centre (C2C) on Natural World Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region (NWHMT) at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) hosted the meeting in its campus. Four Coordination Meetings have taken place so far in 2010 (Manama, Bahrain), 2012 (Milan, Italy), 2013 (Oslo, Norway) and 2014 (Shanghai, China). The objective of this meeting was to build institutional capacity through a focus on international cooperation and to build synergies for effective natural heritage conservation.

    19 representatives from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Advisory Bodies, Regional Institutes and Universities, UNESCO Chairs and four Category 2 Centres participated in the meeting. Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director UNESCO C2C at WII welcomed the participants and briefed about the purpose of the 5th Annual Coordination Meeting and also gave an overview of mandate and activities of the newly established C2C at WII. In her inaugural address, Dr. Mechtild Rossler, Director World Heritage Centre, Paris highlighted the role of World Heritage Category 2 Centres in complementing the work of UNESCO. The meeting was organized in three technical sessions in which review of actions taken from previous C2C coordination meetings; progress and activities of each Category 2 Centre and Institutes and road map for enhancing collaborations and cooperation amongst C2Cs was discussed. 

    The UNESCO C2C at WII Monsoon bulletin was also launched  during this meeting and is available on the following website link http://www.wii.gov.in/UNESCO_C2C_Monsoon_Bulletin_2016.

    The 5th Annual Coordination Meeting was followed by two Consultative Dialogues on “Kailash Sacred Landscape” and “Cultural Landscapes, Mixed and Transboundary Heritage Sites” on 23rd November and 24th -25thNovember, 2016 respectively in which over 100 representatives from UNESCO, IUCN, ICOMOS, INTACH and State Forest Departments, Universities participated.

  • Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, November 3-5, 2016

    This First Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) after the advent of the Sendai Framework was hosted by the Government of India from 3rd -5th November 2016. The intended outcome of the conference was to adopt as ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’. The conference provided a unique opportunity to shape the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in Asia by transforming the commitment of governments and stakeholders into national and local action and setting the direction to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework.

    In AMCDRR 2016, UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun organised a thematic session on ‘Making World Heritage Risk Resilient’ along with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) - Jamsetji Tata school of Disaster Management and Development & Research Organization for Arts and Natural Heritage (DRONAH) as collaborators. The objective was to influence policy and action for better management and protection of Natural and Cultural World Heritage Sites for Disaster Risk Reduction and to interact and provide a knowledge platform for promoting DRR solutions through World Heritage Sites to policy makers and practitioners in Asia-Pacific Region.

    This thematic session emphasised the need for countries to develop concerted policies and plans on disaster risk reduction for World Heritage Sites and also to examine how world heritage conservation could foster resilience. It brought together experts from both natural and cultural heritage areas who reflected on the current situation, the potential threats and consequences and also helped to identify the way ahead in terms of appropriate frameworks, existing practices and protocols, policies and perhaps trainings that will be required to enhance sensitivity of the many actors involved in creating robust DRR strategies for world heritage sites in the Asian region.

    The outputs from the session were development of a framework for integration of Natural and Cultural heritage conservation concerns into Regional disaster reduction policies; and mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction within management plans and systems for World Heritage properties in their territories.

    The session was moderated by Dr. Sonali Ghosh, Scientist and Faculty UNESCO C2C, which included 3 key speakers viz. Shri Vinay Sheel Oberai, Secretary, MoHRD, Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, UNESCO C2C & Wildlife Institute of India and Dr. Mitrasen Bhikajee, Deputy Director, UNESCO, New Delhi and 12 panellists viz. Dr. Janki Andharia, TISS, Mumbai, Dr. Shikha Jain, DRONAH, Ms. Vanicka Arora, NDMA, Prof. Dr. Sudibyakto, Advisory Board of BNPB (Indonesia), Mr. Anshuman Saikia, Regional Programme Support Coordinator, IUCN Asia, Mr. Jeremy England, President International Committee of the Red Cross-India, Dr. Navin Piplani, Principal Director, INTACH, Ms Margherita Fanchiotti, UNESCO, Dr. Shirish Ravan, UNOOSA and Dr. Ram Boojh, Programme Specialist, Natural Science, UNESCO.

    The whole session can be viewed on You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRi9qoftCUs

     

    Director, UNESCO Category 2 Centre-WII on Natural WHS and DRR 

    Shri V.S. Oberoi, Chair of the session addressing the audience

    Shri V.S. Oberoi, Chair of the session addressing the audience

    Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussants

    Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussants

    Panel Discussant participating in the discussion
    Panel Discussant participating in the discussion
    Audience during the session

    Audience during the session

  • Second Training Expedition on ‘Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Protected Area Management in Gujarat’, 24-26 October, 2016 at Jamnagar, Gujarat

    Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (CMPA)” project of the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme of GIZ aims at strengthening capacities of key training and learning organizations relevant to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In this context, a “Special Training Expedition on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity and Protected Area Management” for field-level staff of the Gujarat Forest Department was organized on 24-26 October, 2016 at Jamnagar, in Gujarat. This program was jointly organized by the Wildlife Institute of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, CAMPA-Dugong Project and Gujarat Forest Department. This course was intended to enable the participants to have a sound understanding of the concepts and issues related to managing coastal and marine biodiversity, coastal and marine protected areas, ecological and socio-political context, conservation approaches and legal-policy framework between terrestrial and coastal marine PAs, as well as to acquire necessary skills to conduct assessment and monitoring of coastal and marine habitats and species and prepare field reports, and develop-under supervision-operational plan for MPAs based on management effectiveness guidelines. A total of 18 participants from the Gujarat Forest Department have participated in this training expedition. The course curriculum and training methodologies that have been developed exclusively for this course. For further details, contact the Course Director Dr. K. Sivakumar at ksivakumar [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in.

     

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