Freeland India’s Booth sparks curiosity at Science Conference

(30 September, 2014)

Freeland India’s eye-catching posters and flyers at the four-day Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), Bangalore, drew attention from more than 200 participating students, who were intrigued by the idea of wildlife crime suppression.

The conference was held at the JN Tata Auditorium at the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore from 25th – 28th September, 2014. Many participants had encountered wildlife crime during their field research, and were unaware of how and where to report it.

Freeland’s poster, featuring its cutting edge anti-poaching and wildlife investigation training programmes, drew many questions from viewers. Flyers with details of Freeland’s Wildlife Legal Help Centre and training programmes were distributed among the participants.

 

Freeland India's Poster at the Conference

Freeland India’s Poster at the Conference

Visitors to the booth discussed prominent wildlife trade hotspots such as the Crawford Market in Mumbai, the Jama Masjid area in Delhi, and even turtles and tortoises being sold openly in markets of Kolkata, with Project Officer Vallari Sheel. Ms Sheel explained Freeland’s methods of supporting government efforts against wildlife crime. She also informed the participants about how and where they could report wildlife crime.

 

Project Officer Vallari Sheel (left) interacting with participants

Project Officer Vallari Sheel (left) interacting with participants

“It was gratifying to see the interest our booth generated,” said Sheel, “but also an important reminder of how little knowledge there is about wildlife crime suppression in India”

The Student Conference on Conservation Science was a four day conference for students and early-career researchers, and also scientists, conservation agencies and NGOs. It featured talks, presentations, and workshops on different aspects of conservation research and practice. Freeland India took part in the ‘Who’s Who in Conservation’ session where NGOs, agencies, and institutes working in the field of wildlife and environment conservation showcased their work to inform and engage participants in their work.