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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 Maharashtra Forest Department was organized on 4-7 October, 2016 at the Indian Institute of Scuba Diving and Aquatic Sports (IISDA) at Tarkarli, in Malvan Maharashtra, jointly organized by the Wildlife Institute of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Maharashtra 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 19 participants from the Maharashtra Forest Department and IISDA 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.
Last Updated: January 6, 2018
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Last Updated: October 4, 2016
The ‘Himalaya Day’ is celebrated on 9th September since 2010 to create awareness to save the Himalayan range as it provides life line for millions of people living in the mountains and in the northern plains of India. The Wildlife Institute of India celebrates this day each year by organizing training workshops, talks and seminars. This year, the theme for ‘Himalaya Day’ Celebration is ‘Ecological Services of Rivers’. Therefore, WII celebrated the 7th Himalaya Day by organizing a training-cum-conservation Awareness Workshop on ‘Ecological Services of the Himalayan Rivers’ at the bank of River Nayar in Pauri District, which is one of the most important rivers for Golden Mahseer conservation in Uttarakhand. This workshop was organized under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem project funded by Department of Science and Technology. A total of 70 participants comprising of school students, forest officials, staff from Uttarakhand Forest Department and representatives of the fishermen community of the area have participated in this workshop that was organised at Government Inter College at Bilket, Pauri. The workshop was inaugurated with messages to conserve the Himalaya and its biodiversity by Dr. S. Sathyakumar (WII), Mr. H. Kestwal (Inter College, Bilkhet), Mr. Gireesh Kumar Rustgoi (CF) and Mr. Ramesh Chander (DFO). Dr. Anoop Dobrial, Head, Department of Zoology, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Pauri campus was the chief guest for the workshop and he has delivered a talk on ‘Ecological Services of Himalayan Rivers’. A hands-on training was given by Dr. K. Sivakumar and Dr. J. A. Johnson, on the river bank of Nayar. All the participants were then divided into groups and provided hand-on training on river habitat quality assessment and restoration techniques. Harmful effects of destructive fishing and dredging were also explained along with various scientific techniques. Prizes were distributed for the bright students based on a quiz. The closing remarks were given by Dr. V. P. Uniyal, Scientist, WII on the need to organize similar workshops/trainings for the youth in future. Dr. Vineet Dubey and Ms. Aashna Sharma concluded the workshop with vote of thanks to all.
Last Updated: September 12, 2016
India’s 70th Independence Day was celebrated in the Wildlife Institute of India campus on 15th August, 2016. 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.
The WII Staff Welfare Committee gave awards to the meritorious children for their outstanding performance in class X and XII Board Examination:
Name of the child
Percentage obtained (%)
Mr. Rishabh Kumar
S/o Shri Ramu Kumar
Mr. Yash Raj Singh Adhikari
S/o Shri Bhupendra Singh Adhikari
Km. Snigdha Singhal
D/o Smt. Sunita Agarwal
Mr. Divyansh Kapruwan
S/o Shri C. P. Sharma
Mr. Diwash Bhandari
S/o Shri Niranjan Bhandari
Km. Shivani Kukreti
D/o Shri Sudhir Kumar
Mr. Abhishek Aswal
S/o Shri Narendra Singh Aswal
Mr. Shikhar Jolly
S/o Smt. Baljeet Kaur
Mr. Ritesh Kumar
S/o Shri Dharam Singh
Mr. Ritvik Gupta
S/o Shri Mata Deen Gupta
Mr. Manvendra Singh Thakur
S/o Shri Praveen Kumar Thakur
Km. Muskan Aggarwal
D/o Smt. Alka Aggarwal
Km. Ananya Bist
D/o Shri Narinder Singh Bist
Mr. Abhishek Kathayat
S/o Shri Jagat Singh Kathayat
Mr. Aman Singh Dhamanda
S/o Shri Padam Singh Dhamanda
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a tree plantation programme in the campus by faculty, staff, researchers, students and children in which various fruit and flower bearing trees were planted:
Flag Hoisting Ceremony Awards to the Meritorious Children for their Outstanding Performance in class X and XII Board Examination: Tree Plantation Programme in the Campus
Last Updated: August 17, 2016
The 40th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee which was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 10th – 17th July, 2016, inscribed 21 new sites on the World Heritage List. It was especially memorable for India as 3 of its most remarkable Sites were declared as World Heritage Sites. These included the Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda, Bihar, as a Cultural Site; The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh) as a transnational Cultural Site; and Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, as India’s first Mixed Cultural and Natural Site.
To celebrate the new Indian World Heritage Site Inscriptions, an event was organised by the UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 4th August, 2016. Nearly 40 eminent Personalities from Government of India’s Ministry of Human Resources, Culture, Environment and Forest, and representatives from UNESCO, ICOMOS and IUCN and other organisations participated in the event.
The programme was initiated by Dr. VB Mathur, Director UNESCO C2C, WII who welcomed the gathering and informed that it was for the first time that in a single WHC Session India got three of her sites inscribed on the World Heritage List. He acknowledged the significance of the ‘upstreaming’ process by UNESCO in the successful nominations. On this occasion, Shri Janhwij Sharma, Joint Director General (Conservation/ World Heritage), ASI, New Delhi underlined India’s long current and potential association with World Heritage and the apt recognition of Nalanda’s tradition. Dr. S.S. Negi, Director General of Forest & Special Secretary, MoEFCC emphasised the importance of nature and culture working together for conservation. The Chief Guest at the event, Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, MoHRD, and former Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, Paris shared information about the origin and evolution of World Heritage Sites and their growing diversity. He observed how India has played a constructive role in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. He also spoke about the importance of strengthening museums and establishing digital heritage.
The highlight of the evening was the ceremonial handing over of the Inscription Certificates of the new World Heritage Sites by the distinguished Guest of Honour, Dr. Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris to the Indian representatives. The event was marked by an interesting talk on “Linking Nature and Culture: Cultural Landscapes and Mixed Sites in the framework of the World Heritage Convention” delivered by Dr. Mechtild Rössler. The programme was brought to a close by a Vote of Thanks offered by Dr. Sonali Ghosh, IFS and Scientist ‘F’, UNESCO C2C at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.
Last Updated: August 8, 2016
"The Natural Heritage Bulletin's Summer 2016 Issue published by UNESCO C2C at WII was released by Dr. Mechtild Rossler, Director, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Paris at an event held at India International Centre, New Delhi to celebrate India's new World Heritage Site 2016 inscriptions."
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Last Updated: August 8, 2016
World Heritage Day (WHD) is celebrated globally on 18th April every year in order to commemorate the beauty, splendour and biological richness of World Heritage Sites, and reiterate the collective commitment of mankind towards conserving these areas for posterity.
The UNESCO Category 2 Centre at Wildlife Institute of India (WII) celebrated World Heritage Day on 18th April, 2016 by organising a series of events. Participants included school students residing near two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) of India namely, Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand and Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), Himachal Pradesh as well as from Model School, National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehradun. The celebration of the day was focused on raising awareness and exposure of school students through lectures, field visit, fun activities and cultural performances. A total of 36 students from the three schools participated in the WHD celebration at WII
The day started with a Nature Walk for the students at WII campus which harbours a great variety of flora and fauna. Representatives from UNESCO C2C led the nature walk and interacted with the students on different aspects of forest and wildlife. This was followed by a short presentation on activities of WII and UNESCO C2C by staff members of the Centre. Subsequently, an exposure trip was undertaken to Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun which is a National Heritage of India. Staff members from FRI gave an overview of the institute’s work on forests and allied sectors to the students. Students had occasion to visit the museum of FRI main building where they learned about entomology, NWFP products and forest pathology in brief.
After the friendly interaction with fellow students and UNESCO C2C staff, a film based on Indian wildlife named ‘Delhi Safari’ was screened for the students. The main aim of screening the movie was to make the young participants aware about the importance of forest and wildlife and how they can co-exist with humans on earth.
This was followed by a Drawing and Painting Competition for the students. Participants were categorised in four groups ranging from pre-school to High School with appropriate themes related to nature, wildlife, cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. Prizes were subsequently distributed to the winners of each group later in the evening.
The highlight of the celebrations was a Cultural Programme in the evening which had a combination of song, dance and drama performed by students, researchers, faculty, staff and family of WII. The finale was a Heritage Ramp Walk where WII faculty graced the stage representing their respective associations with Indian World Heritage Sites. The curtains were drawn with a rendition of India’s national anthem.
Students at WII Nature Trail C2C staff members giving presentation on WII and UNESCO World Heritage Sites School Students participating in Drawing Competition M.Sc Students performing at WHD celebration WII Researchers performing dance on Sunderbans Landscape WII researchers participating in WHD celebration Dean, FWS participating in World Heritage Day Celebration Director WII performing on World Heritage Day 2016 celebration Performance by National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) students Students from Nanda Devi National Park performing cultural dance of Uttarakhand Kids performing in animal costumes Drawing Competition Prize Distribution Ceremony WII faculty representing WHS of India
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Last Updated: July 26, 2016
ENVIS Bulletin ‘Ecology and Management of Grassland Habitats in India’, Volume 17, brought out by the ENVIS Centre of Wildlife Institute of India “Wildlife & Protected Areas”, Dehradun was released by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change in presence of Shri Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, MoEFCC, Ms. Anandi Subramanian, Senior Economic Adviser, MoEFCC and Shri Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, World Wildlife Fund India at the Inaugural function of the National Interaction-cum-Evaluation Workshop for ENVIS Centres at The Ashok, New Delhi on 17 February, 2016.
Before Inaugural function of workshop the Hon'ble Minister visited exhibition stall of information/ publications produced by all ENVIS Centre. Dr. S.A. Hussain represented the WII-ENVIS Centre and briefed him about center’s activity/ publications, which were well appreciated.
This workshop was organized to evaluate the functioning of the ENVIS Centres as per the Guidelines of the ENVIS Scheme, framed by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.
This special ENVIS issue was edited by Dr. G.S. Rawat, Dean, WII and Dr. B.S. Adhikari, Scientist-F, and is a step forward to motivate and generate enthusiasm amongst the nature lovers, conservationists and managers to take effective measures towards conservation of Grasslands in India.
This issue can be downloaded from the WII-ENVIS Centre’s website www.wiienvis.nic.in. Please send your valuable feedback to WII-ENVIS Centre, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun – 248001, Uttarakhand, India. Email: wii [at] envis [dot] nic [dot] in, envis [at] wii [dot] nic [dot] in.
Last Updated: January 6, 2018
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a popular citizen science event which collects valuable information pertaining to distribution and abundance of birds across the globe. Events like these demonstrate the power of engaging citizens in learning about the natural world and monitoring how it is changing.
The Campus Bird Count (CBC) was organized as a sub event of the GBBC-2016 and WII along with other 210 campuses (including research stations, government institutions, schools, colleges, universities and corporate offices etc.) across India participated in the count that was carried out for 4 days from 12 -15 February, 2016. As part of the count, birders in WII were grouped into 4 teams and they surveyed in and around the WII campus.
In order to increase the efficiency of the coverage area the campus was divided into subareas like Hostel & Nature trail, Admin Block and Faculty Residential colony, Sal patch near WII and IIIrd block residential colony covering the following habitats: Moist-deciduous Siwalik sal forest, Open wooded compounds / gardens / parks, Shrub jungle with thickets of Lantana and young sal, Open scrubland with fallow / barren crop-fields and Wetlands. The results of the count has been very encouraging, with the Wildlife Institute of India topping the list of number of species recorded in any hotspot in the country during the count days. A total of 159 species were recorded and a total of 189 checklists were uploaded to the global listing website (http://ebird.org/). Overall, 2,670 individual birds were counted in the WII campus. 67 avifauna species were recorded only once and 12 recorded in the subsequently large numbers. The GBBC at WII was coordinated by Dr. Gopi G V, Sh. Manoj V Nair and Sh. Ashutosh Singh.
Apart from the Campus Bird Count, a field day was organized on 14 Feb 2016 to introduce birds and bird watching to the kids in WII campus. Around 25 kids participated enthusiastically and they were taken for guided birding around the campus. A checklist of 8 birds was prepared at the end of the count by the kids.
Contributors to the count: Pratap Singh, Manoj V Nair, Gopi G V, J. A. Johnson, S.K. Gupta, Ashutosh Singh, Vandana Rajput, Ankita Sinha, Keshav Gogai, Harsh Rathore, Priyamvada Bagaria, Deepti Gupta, Vivek Sarkar, Rupa, Persis Farooqy, Dhruv Verma, Deb Ranjan Laha, Anurag Vishwakarma, M. Naveen, Amit Haryanvi, Upma, N.GokulakkKanan, Shuvendu Das, A. Mohan D. S. Pundir, Madhanraj, Ashok Kumar, Akanksha Saxena, Pritha Dey.
More information about the GBBC, Campus Bird Count, and other associated events can be found at http://gbbc.birdcount.org, http://www.birdcount.in, and http://ebird.or. The global GBBC event is organized by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and this is the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
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Last Updated: March 18, 2016
67th Indian Republic Day was celebrated in the Wildlife Institute of India. Unfurling the national flag Dr. V.B. Mathur, Director, Wildlife Institute of India said that this day was significant in the nation’s calendar as on this day we celebrate the establishment of free India as a Republic, based on the ideology of justice and equality. He further said that on this day we also recall with gratitude the sacrifices of our freedom fighters and the work of our Founding Fathers, for giving to us a country, where our dignity and individual freedoms are guaranteed by an enlightened constitution. He further stated that what we will do now and in the coming years in terms of leveraging our resources and addressing the shortcomings will shape the destiny of the institution.
On this occasion certificates were given to high achievers in the field of sports and academics. The children of the staff who had performed well in the Class X and XII Board Examination were given certificate of merit.
Name of the Student
Master Raghav Aggarwal
Mr. M.P. Aggarwal
Ms. Bandana Pal
Dr. Pranab Pal
Master Anuj Balodi
Mr. Dinesh Balodi
Ms. Anushka Uniyal
Mr. M.M. Uniyal
Ms. Aarti Chauhan
Mr. Ummed Singh Chauhan
Ms. Priya Mary Wilson
Mr. Samuel Wilson
Master Swastik Sharma
Mr. Lekh Nath Sharma
Ms. Tanishka Aggarwal
Mr. Narendra Kumar Aggarwal
Master Aman Singh Dhamanda
Mr. Padam Singh Dhamanda
Ms. Priyanka Aswal
Mr. Narender Singh Aswal
Master Deepak Sharma
Mr. Madan Lal Sharma
Master Shikhar Chhibber
Mr. Gyanesh Chhibber
Mr. Harendra Kumar
Mr. Anant Shankar
Last Updated: January 27, 2016