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Dear friends,

We need your support!

We are very excited to be entrants in the eBay Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers Competition, Powering Economic Opportunity-Create a World that Works. This is a global competition to find the world’s most innovative market-based solutions that create economic opportunity and generate employment for disadvantaged populations. 

By being part of this competition, we have a great opportunity to initiate our off-line project “Wilderness Conservation Volunteers” and also to promote our work in

The competition is an open platform where we can share our work with the world, so the more people we can inspire, the better!

Please help us rally support for our work:
1.    Visit our project entry
2.    Leave us feedback about our entry. Here's how:
a.    If you do not have a Changemakers account, please click here to register on the site. It only takes a couple of minutes.
b.    Login at the Changemakers website.
c.    Go to the Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works
d.    Visit our entry, read about what we do and leave your feedback!

e.    Update your profile and be part of a growing online community of support!

3.    Spread the word to your colleagues and friends through your emails, blogs, or websites. I've included some information about us below that you are welcome to share with others. (IWC), a Community of Practice (COP)in existence since 2000 has aimed at making wilderness conservation a day to day concern for the common citizen. IWC has networked with NGOs/Government and experts working in wilderness areas and now wish to set up an online Exchange for bringing Volunteers, NGOs/Government Agencies and Funders together. This online exchange will improve effectiveness of on-ground activities taken up by NGOs. IWC will undertake to train Volunteers for suitable NGO/Government Agency Projects and monitor,document and archive the data gathered by Volunteers. The aim is to bring transparency to NGO-Volunteer-Funder interface. By leveraging our online presence IWC seek to make a sustainable contribution in wilderness conservation in India.

This contest can give our work a great boost. Thank you very much for your help!

Susan Sharma


Our artcle in the May issue (Author Prajakta Hushangabadkar) on illegal trading of turtles has received some comments from Vikrant Saggar

Comments on

Illegal trading of Assam roofed terrapin - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - May, 2011
Indian Wildlife Club Ezine

"I think here's an identification Prob. To my knowledge these R Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), yes the fact about there sale in pet shops is true. these r captive bred in USA for the pet industry licensed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. even a lutino mutation is being developed lately. there is no prob in their sale in india as long as a bill & a certificate saying that they R "salmonella free" is catered by the pet shop owner.

Our online chat -an interview with Dhaval Patel of Vidyasagar Nature Club which can be read here also got some comments worth sharing.

"I read the transcript, can't say that I read them each time, but I did read this conversation between you and Dhaval Patel. I think the mock currency and fake mall idea is quite brilliant. Its a bit naive to think that with rampant consumerism all over the place, children from poorer backgrounds would want to curb their enthusiasm for shopping or getting nice items.
Its  a clever way to get kids those items while teaching them the importance of value that money represents rather than money itself".

Akshay D

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