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 ALL New York Aquarium Exhibits Open for the First Time Since Superstorm Sandy in 2012
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY – July 1, 2022 – Today, the New York Aquarium held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the first time since Superstorm Sandy that all aquarium exhibits and public spaces are fully open. NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Laurie Cumbo, and other leaders joined New York Aquarium officials to celebrate the full reopening of New York City’s only aquarium. The event also served as the official opening of Sea Change, a n...
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Building A Blue Future for Ecosystems and People on the East African Coast: New ~8 Million Euro Partnership Announced for Mozambique
Lisbon, Portugal – July 1, 2022 – Just launched at UN Ocean, a new 5-year, 7.9 million euro project will scale up much-needed conservation work in northern Mozambique for the benefit of ecosystems and local communities alike. “Building a Blue Future for Ecosystems and People on the East African Coast”, as the initiative is called, will over the next 5 years bring experts in conservation and the blue economy from Mozambique’s public and private sectors together to...
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New Marine Protected Areas in Guatemala:  Government Pledges the Expansion and Declaration of Coastal-Marine Protected Areas at UN’s Ocean Conference (English and Spanish)

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala (MARN) and the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) have announced the expansion of new MPAs in Guatemala during the United Nation’s Ocean Conference (UNOC) event “Location, location, location: scaling-up the impact of 30x30”

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WCS Welcomes $1B Protecting Our Planet Challenge Commitment to Protect the World’s Oceans

“This remarkable commitment is a major step toward sustainably managed seas which is so critical to nature, people and climate.” Simon Cripps, Executive Director of the WCS Marine Program

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PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS COMMIT $1B USD TO HELP PROTECT 30 PERCENT OF THE OCEAN BY 2030

The Protecting Our Planet Challenge will invest at least $1 billion USD to support the creation, expansion and management of marine protected areas and Indigenous and locally governed marine and coastal areas by 2030.

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WCS Statement on World Effort to End Biodiversity Crisis
WCS joins leading conservation organizations in expressing great concern that the UN Convention on Biological Diversity discussions in Nairobi showed insufficient leadership and little progress to avert the world’s biodiversity crisis. In a joint statement, the organizations said: “Progress during this last round of negotiations before COP15 has been painfully slow, across the whole framework. There is still a massive gap between what we need in order to transition from a nature n...
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Herencia Colombia Will Help Ensure Protection of Colombia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage for Generations to Come

Colombia President Iván Duque signed today at the Casa de Nariño a $245 million USD agreement to help Colombia increase protection of its magnificent natural wealth and move closer to protecting 30 percent of the country’s land and sea by 2030.

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Countries Announce Push to Fully Regulate Global Shark Fin Trade

In response to the alarming decline of global shark populations, a group of countries from around the world have today announced a groundbreaking effort to control the unsustainable global trade in shark fins, which threatens to push these ecologically important predators to extinction.

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WCS Launches WCS Wild Audio, a Podcast Featuring Conservation Stories from Around the World

The Wildlife Conservation Society today launched WCS Wild Audio, a new podcast featuring stories about wildlife; threats to nature and their solutions; and personal stories on what it is like to be on the front lines of saving wildlife and wild places.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds China, Canada and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity for scheduling the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Montreal, December 5-17.  Said Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President of International Policy: “WCS will bring its global conservation, science and policy experience to this meeting to help ensure that a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework will pro...
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