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Recognition of Human Rights Must Be More than One Day of Speeches At the UN Biodiversity Conference CoP15

It will be imperative that recognition of human rights is not just a day of conversations and sharing of good practices but also creates momentum for Parties to include contributions from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

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WCS Awarded $25 Million by Ballmer Group to Support the Forest First Approach and Forest Conservation in the Congo Basin

The Wildlife Conservation Society has received $25 million in two separate grants from Ballmer Group to support forest conservation to help address the climate crisis.

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WCS News Statement: UN Biodiversity Summit CoP15 Update

The following update was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society upon the start of the second and final phase of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (Convention on Biological Diversity CoP15) in Montreal which opens Dec. 7.

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WCS congratulates Guyana on the issuance of the world’s first credits from the REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES), marking the first time a country has been issued carbon credits specifically targeted at voluntary and compliance carbon markets for successfully preventing forest loss and degradation.

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Wildlife Conservation Society  Joins the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) formally accepted the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as its 11thpartner – the first new partner to join since the ground-breaking, multidisciplinary initiative was established 15 years ago.

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In the first-ever statement by scientists released today, 40 peatland researchers from 13 countries pressed for an increase in protections for peatlands, as economic development continues to threaten the integrity of these areas—which are rich in biodiversity and a key resource in efforts to limit climate change.

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WCS is holding a virtual media briefing on Thursday, December 1st, 8AM ET in advance of CBD CoP15 in Montreal Canada.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM CITES COP19: 12-day meeting ends with good news for many species – sharks, turtles, frogs, elephants and more

The following statement was issued today by WCS Vice President of International Policy Dr. Susan Lieberman as governments concluded the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) which started here on Nov. 14 and ends today

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Breaking News at CITES CoP19 for Sharks: Shark Proposals Adopted in Full at Conclusion of Conference in Panama (English, Spanish, French)

With the final adoption of proposals to regulate the trade of requiem sharks and hammerheads as governments conclude the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19), the following statement was issued by Luke Warwick, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Shark and Ray Program:

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Coalition of NGOs Opens Search for Solutions to Curb Unsustainable Wildlife Trade

Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Solution Search: Changing Unsustainable Trade, a crowdsourcing contest to identify organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean with innovative approaches to reducing illegal or unsustainable trade of wildlife.

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