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The WWF-India Kerala unit has joined hands with the Society for Odonate Studies (SOS) and Thumbipuranam for the first-ever State Dragonfly Festival in Kerala, named Thumbimahotsavam 2020. ‘Pantalu’ is the official mascot for the festival. 

National Dragonfly Festival  

  • The events are a part of a national dragonfly festival being organised by the WWF India, Bombay Natural History Society and the Indian Dragonfly Society in association with the National Biodiversity Board, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
  • It started in the year 2018 to educate and inform the public about the integral role that dragonflies, and their lesser known siblings damselflies, play in our environment. 

About World Wide Fund for Nature  

  • It was founded on 29th April 1961. Its precursor organisation was the Conservation Foundation. Its original name was World Wildlife Fund. 
  • It is located in Gland, Switzerland. 
  • WWF aims to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. 
  • WWF works in the areas of climate, food, forests, fresh water, oceans and wildlife primarily. 
  • It runs several projects in various fields in partnership with people, bodies and governments worldwide. 
  • In species conservation, they focus on tigers, elephants, gorillas, giant pandas, sea turtles, polar bears, rhinos and whales. 
  • Campaigns launched by WWF include Earth Hour and Debt-for-Nature Swap. 
  • The famous ‘Living Planet Report’ (started in 1998) is published by the WWF every two year in which the health of the planet and the impact of human activities on nature are talked about. It is based on the Living Planet Index and the calculations of ecological footprints. 
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