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to Fish...@yahoogroups.com, wildFlo...@yahoogroups.com, indian...@googlegroups.com, Sudhizong Lucksom
Thanks for posting the information by WWF about new species from Sikkim.
I checked up the authenticity of the information you mentioned, with WWF-I which has an office in Gangtok and am posting the response below by Ameen Ahmed for information at the end of this email.
Ameen Ahmed's Email:
Just blogged this interesting news about new
discoveries from Sikkim. Orchids and fishes.
I am in receipt of your below email,
forwarded to me by Dr.Dipankar Ghose, and would like to address the points
you have raised.
The new species report referred in the
mentioned story in Times of India, Sep 3, 2009, is 'The Eastern Himalayas
- Where the worlds collide'. This report has not been published by
WWF-India but by the Living Himalayas Network Initiative, a programme
of WWF-International presently based in Kathmandu. As you have noted,
WWF-India has just provided information on the same on its website, which
is listed at the link you sent.
The below report of Times of India has
some factual inaccuracies. It credits WWF 'surveyors' as having
discovered ' 21 new species of orchids'. This is not correct. WWF
International has only compiled the discoveries by various scientists,
conservationists and academicians in the region in the past decade, in
this report. The aim of the report is to highlight the biological richness
of the region and hence the urgency to protect it. WWF has not listed the
'survey work' of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in the
original report, a copy of which is available for download at the link
Hope this clarifies.
Senior Manager (Communications) -
Species and Landscapes Programme,
WWF-India, New Delhi
Sr. Research Officer (WL)
Dept. of Forest, Env. & WL Mgmt.
Government of Sikkim
Deorali, Gangtok 737102