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Hudson, R. , Mobilizing the conservation action plan for india’s endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises. Paper presented at Turtle Survival Alliance 2006 Annual Meeting. 
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Resource type: Proceedings Article
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Keywords: Batagur, Batagur baska, Batagur dhongoka, Batagur kachuga, Chitra, Chitra indica, Geoemydidae, Habitat = habitat, Haltung = husbandry, Hardella, Hardella thurjii, Manouria, Manouria emys, Nilssonia, Nilssonia leithii, Nilssonia nigricans, Pangshura, Pangshura sylhetensis, Pelochelys, Pelochelys cantorii, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Südasien = Southern Asia, Testudinidae, Trionychidae
Creators: Hudson
Collection: Turtle Survival Alliance 2006 Annual Meeting
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Abstract     
With 28 species and subspecies of tortoises and freshwater turtles, India has one of the most diverse chelonian faunas in the world. It ranks among the top five Asian countries in terms of its importance for turtle conservation. Unfortunately, nearly 40% (11 of 28 taxa) are listed as either Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Multiple threats take their toll, but uncontrolled and non-sustainable commercial exploitation by man has been the single-most damaging. Efforts to reverse the chronic declines of India’s turtle populations have generally been short lived due to unsustainable funding. Furthermore, most programs were not implemented on a scale large enough to curb the negative trends associated with over-harvesting of adult turtles and their eggs. By 2000, no sustainable, large-scale turtle conservation programs were active in India. Clearly, efforts to address the Indian Turtle Crisis needed to be greatly expanded. In October 2005 the TSA sponsored their first range-country strategic conservation action-planning workshop in Lucknow, India that resulted in the Conservation Action Plan for Endangered Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises of India. Ten species were highlighted for intensive conservation actions including the red crowned roof turtle, Kachuga kachuga, which emerged as the flagship species for this Action Plan. The remaining nine species include Batagur baska, Pelochelys cantorii, Aspideretes nigricans, Aspideretes leithii, Chitra indica, Kachuga dhongoka, Hardella thurjii, Manouria emys, and Pangshura sylhetensis. This Action Plan moved rapidly into the implementation phase and this presentation will outline both the immediate and long-range plans for these taxa and report on progress since the October 2005 workshop.
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