The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The MoEF is the official host of the 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management. Read more about the MoEF here. moef.nic.in/index.php
   
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), is a non-profit conservation organisation, committed to urgent action that works towards the protection of India's wildlife. Its mission is to conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual animals, in partnership with communities and governments. WTI was formed in November 1998, in response to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the country's wildlife. Thirteen years hence, WTI has made significant innovative and pioneering contributions in wildlife conservation, making it one of India's key wildlife NGOs, now co-hosts of the 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management. Read more about WTI here. www.wti.org.in/
   
Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues. WII‘s mission is to nurture the development of wildlife science and promote its application in conservation, in consonance with our cultural and socio-economic milieu. Read more about WII, the co host of the 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management,  here. www.wii.gov.in/
   
Founded in 1969, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. IFAW works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people. IFAW and WTI formed a partnership on 2000 to work on varied projects on wildlife conservation in India. Read more about IFAW here. www.ifaw.org/us/
   
The World Society for the Protection of Animals exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. WSPA works directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion. Read more about WSPA here.www.wspa-international.org/ 
   
The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization open to professional biologists, wildlife managers and others dedicated to the conservation of all bear species. The organization has over 550 members from over 50 countries. It supports the scientific management of bears through research and distribution of information. The IBA sponsors international conferences on all aspects of bear biology, ecology and management. Read more about IBA here. www.bearbiology.com/index.php 
   
  The Bear Specialist Group (BSG) is part of The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Species Survival Commission.  The goal of the BSG is to promote the conservation of bears and the habitats that they require across their distribution world-wide. Read more about BSG here. www.bearbiology.com/index.php
 
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