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Field Guide to the Sea Slugs of India

Holding the fist copy of Field Guide to the Sea Slugs of India. Now available at at modest price of Rs. 700/-. Limited edition. Grab a copy now.

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Holding the first copy of the book!! Its finally ready!! Thank you for the support and love all these years. The price is kept at Rs. 600/- + packaging and postage. Book is available at BNHS from Friday, 30th January 2015. It will also soon be available at all Oxford University Press outlets. Please write at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for getting a copy. It will also be available at BNHS office. and at BNHS stall at Kala Ghoda from 7th Feb to 14th Feb 2015. Pl share to let many friends know!!


Whitley Conservation Award Continuation Grant


Whitley Fund For Nature supports BNHS Marine Biodiversity Conservation Programme at Andaman-Nicobar

Dr. Deepak Apte receives Continuation Grant for marine conservation

Mumbai: 2 July: The UK-based Whitley Fund For Nature is now supporting BNHS India’s maring biodiversity conservation programme in Andaman and Nicobar islands, India. Dr Deepak Apte, Chief Operating Officer, BNHS has been awarded the Continuation Funding grant for developing Giant Clam species recovery plan and identifying potential sites for marine conservation reserves in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has also provided Rs 27 lakh to BNHS for the giant clam studies in Andaman.

Earlier, in 2008, Dr Apte was honoured with the Whitley Conservation Award by Shears Foundation for outstanding work in the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Lakshadweep, India. Moreover, India has a two-year presidency for Convention on Biological Diversity, starting from COP-11, which took place in Hyderabad in October 2012 and considers marine and coastal biodiversity as one of the priority areas. Thus, the BNHS Andaman-Nicobar Programme starts off at an appropriate time and is in line with the AICHI Targets of CBD COP.

About the grant

The grant was awarded to Dr Apte in June 2013. After rigorous review and discussion, Whitley Fund confirmed the award of £70,000 (about Rs 63 lakh) for the two year programme. Commenting on the occasion, a representative of Whitley Fund said that they are happy to be a part of the BNHS plan to scale up the successful earlier MPA model to Andaman and Nicobar islands and to create a national Giant Clam species recovery plan.

BNHS Andaman-Nicobar Programme

Under the Andaman-Nicobar Programme, BNHS aims to establish baseline data for both; Giant Clam population ecology as well as establishment of profound understanding of the social fabric of these islands. This will be done by way of undertaking social and natural resource use mapping. Simultaneously, BNHS also aims to arrange national legal consultation to identify gaps in existing conservation reserve policies. This data will form strong scientific basis to be fed into the national species recovery plan for Giant Clam. Giant Clam is an endangered species of clam found in the tropical coral reefs, including Indian waters. All the species of giant clams are protected under Schedule 1 of Wildlife Protection Act

Marine Conservation Programme by BNHS

BNHS under the leadership of Dr Apte has been conducting research and conservation activities regarding various aspects of marine life all along India’s coastline for over a decade. This includes study of Giant Clam and coral reefs, Molluscan Taxonomy, other marine fauna, mangroves, tidal creeks and flora and fauna of inter-tidal habitats. Currently regions covered by BNHS for this work include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep and Andaman-Nicobar.

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Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natrajan receiving copy of my book entitled Field Guide to the Marine Life of India during CBD COP 11 at Hyderabad on 19th October 2012. Dr. Asad Rahmani and B.C. Choudhary in the backdrop


CBD COP 11-Hyderabad


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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP) 11 is currently underway in the beautiful city of Hyderabad. BNHS has been identified as a host for CBD NGO Alliance for COP 11. I had previledge of shouldering the rsponsibility of Co-ordinator on behalf of the BNHS. Side event on Cosatal and Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Area Management was organized by me on behalf of BNHS, NCPC, PondyCAN and TISS.


Coastal environments play a vital role in India's economy by virtue of the resources, productive habitats and rich biodiversity all of which support millions of livelihoods. Aggressive and insensitive development is turning 7500 km of India's beautiful coastline, which supports almost 30% of its population into biological and economic wastelands which is having wide economic, social, cultural and ecological repercussions. In spite of all the laws and regulations to protect the coast, the destruction continues unabated. It is evident that there is a systemic problem in coastal governance; absence of a national perspective, want of sound policies and planning, need for a better Centre - State and interdepartmental coordination, weak monitoring and enforcement, dearth of awareness about coastal ecosystems and services, failure to engage local communities and lack of transparency and accountability. This needs to be changed with cooperative action of all stakeholders.

Information is critical to good governance; it should be easily accessible to all on a single platform in a digitized format. BNHS, PondyCAN, TISS and NCPC have prepared a report “The Challenged Coast of India”, which gives comprehensive information about the coast and includes charts, tables, maps and case studies to better understand the present status and the development trends.

The report was released by Dr. Jackie Alder, Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Branch, UNEP. Besides this two more reports entitled ‘Proposed Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Areas of Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India’ and ‘A Preliminary Report on Diversity of Coastal Ecosystems of Maharashtra Part 2: Coastal Plateaus in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, India’ along with a documentary on Coastal Plateaus was released by Dr. Ward Appeltans, Programme Specialist, IOC, UNESCO.

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Ahana Lakshmi, Aurofilio Schiavina, Probir Banerjee, Ajit Reddy Sunaina Mandeen, Sudarshan Rodriguez and Deepak Apte (2012). The Challenged Coast of India. Published by: BNHS, NCPC, PondyCAN and TISS. Pp. 232


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