CEE Himalaya at the Workshop on Conservation of Indian Freshwater Turtle and Tortoises

Dr. Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar, Programme Director, CEE Himalaya attended the ‘3rd Indian Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Strategic Conservation Action Planning and Red List Assessment Workshop' from February 16-18, 2017 in New Delhi.

The workshop was organised by the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS)/Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), India; Turtle Conservation Program in association with MoEFCC (Wildlife Division), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (National Mission for Clean Ganga) and IUCN/Species Survival Commission (SSC)/Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group with financial support from Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, Turtle Conservation Fund and WWF- India.

Dr. Gangwar contributed to the workshop especially during the session on capacity building for conservation of Indian Freshwater Turtle and Tortoises. He promoted the involvement of both scientific and non-scientific community at all levels for conserving turtles and tortoises. Linking conservation with developmental schemes like MGNREGA and roping in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and encouraging them to construct ponds under MGNREGA as turtle habitats as well as providing community necessary assistance for turtle breeding were suggested during this session.

Also involving school students in eco-clubs and conservation campaigns and linking these with village youth clubs and other community organizations were also put forth in the session.

The main agenda of this workshop was to review the IUCN conservation status and progress of 2010 Action Plan for Indian Freshwater Turtle and Tortoises, besides developing a five yearly conservation action plan (2017-2021).