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The ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, a leading institute dedicated to scientific research in the Coldwater realm, in collaboration with Manipur University, Imphal and technical support from IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), organized a three-day workshop on the “Assessment of IUCN conversation status of the fishes of Western and Eastern Himalayas”, at ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal from 28-30 August, 2023. The programme is a part of the on-going project that aims to understand the extinction risk and conservation status of all freshwater fishes inhabiting the Himalayan River systems. Scientists and researchers including IUCN Red Listing experts participated in the workshop. Over the course of the three-day workshop, the conservation status of around 250 species of fishes from the Himalayas is being evaluated. The knowledge generated as part of this workshop will be subsequently available on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and used for conservation decision-making in the region.

Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Director, ICAR-DCFR inaugurated the programme. Dr. Rameshori Yumnam, Manipur University and PI of the project provided an overview of the workshop. Experts contributing to the workshop included Dr. J.A Johnson from the Wild Life Institute of Dehradun, Dr. Rajeev Raghavan from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, who is also the IUCN Freshwater Fish Red List Authority Coordinator (Asia and Oceania), and Dr. Anvar Ali from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies. Shri Sumanta Kumar Mallik, Scientist (Senior Scale), ICAR-DCFR and PI of the project coordinated the workshop. Other scientists, researchers and scholars also attended the event.

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