DR Ambedkar IAS Academy

Operation Turtshield

  • Operation Turtshield: Launched by WCCB in collaboration with the West Bengal Forest Department, aimed at curbing smuggling and trading of protected species of turtles in parts of India.
  • The Soft Shell Turtle is a species enlisted in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as threatened species.
  • The IUCN status of Indian Flap shell Turtle is “Least Concern” and Indian Peacock Softshell Turtles are listed as “Vulnerable”.
  • The Indian Peacock Softshell Turtles are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act and Appendix I of CITES.

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