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Kerala’s first-ever Dragonfly Festival Held In August 2020

About Thumbi Mahotsav 2020  

  • It is the first ever DragonFly Festival of Kerala. 
  • It is a part of National DragonFly Festival 

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Organised By : 

It Is organised by Following Agencies And Funds 

  • WWF India
  • Bombay Natural History Society
  • Indian DragonFly Society 
  • National Biodiversity Board, 
  • UNEP 
  • UNDP 
  • IUCN

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Started In :   

  • DragonFly Festival started in 2018 

Significance Of This : 

  • To educate people about the role of dragonflies in our ecosystem. 

Society for Odonate Studies (SOS) : 

  • SOS is a non-political, non-profit organization.
  • It Was formed to impart knowledge to the public on the insect order of Odonata (which comprises dragonflies and damselflies) and to conduct scientific studies, with the objective of conservation of the species and their habitats.

Objectives Of SOS :

  • Assist, institute, conduct and promote scientific research in Odonatology, the natural history, ecology and conservation of the species, habitats and ecosystems with and within which odonates coexist
  • Educate, advocate, create awareness and popularize Odonatology and to develop facilities that disseminate such awareness
  • Initiate and scientifically develop innovative solutions to species, habitats and landscape conservation problems that are sensitive to the socio-economic realities and aspirations of people
  • Provide consultations and advice to governments, public and private sector organizations, both national and international, on odonate conservation and environmental impacts, as and when required
  • Develop and promote programmes to restore damaged and degraded areas to habitats conducive to odonates and other biodiversity
  • Develop and establish ex-situ conservation programmes for odonates and threatened wildlife
  • Enter into appropriate agreement with the custodians and owners of land and waterbodies with significant odonatological and other biodiversity values, so as to manage, or have managed, such lands for odonate and nature conservation
  • Publish scientific literature in Odonatology, natural history and biodiversity conservation
  • Disseminate knowledge among the public by conducting awareness programmes, training programs, workshops and development of resource materials
  • Conduct systematic surveys and exploration in Western Ghats and other sensitive eco-regions in India to study odonates
  • Constitute awards and scholarships to individuals and organizations in recognition of their contribution to odonate conservation and research
  • Collaborate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and individuals engaged in biodiversity conservation and research
  • Develop partnerships with other institutions, organizations or individuals, in such manner as to achieve common objectives

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