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Scientists Looking for Whales in Tanzania Find Widespread Blast Fishing
November 25, 2015 – WCS scientists conducting a large-scale survey of whales and dolphins along the Tanzanian coast have unintentionally revealed the extent of a major marine threat: blast fishing, a highly destructive fishing method using explosives to catch fish.
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Saving Coral Reefs Depends More on Protecting Fish Than Safeguarding Locations
September 1, 2015— A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that coral reef diversity ‘hotspots’ in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they are located, a conclusion that has major implications for management decisions to protect coral reef ecosystems.
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During the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) unveiled a comparative analysis of the top major threats facing natural World Heritage sites around the globe.
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Government of Madagascar Inaugurates Makira Natural Park

May 29, 2015 —The Government of Madagascar has officially inaugurated Makira Natural Park, home to 20 species of lemur and over 50 percent of Madagascar’s plant biodiversity, and the first protected area to be created in a national network of 95 new marine and terrestrial protected areas established by the Government of Madagascar.

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May 5--Lafaza and WCS Announce New Partnership For Sustainable Vanilla and Clove Production Around Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park
Lafaza and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced the launch of a new partnership to work with communities to expand environmentally sustainable vanilla and clove production around the Makira Natural Park in Madagascar’s northeast. The partnership will support more than 1,900 households to produce high-quality vanilla and cloves that will be destined for international buyers in the United States and abroad.
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April 22--Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas
The Government of Madagascar commemorates Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
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WCS To Hold 7th Annual WCS Run for the Wild tm At the Bronx Zoo
Bronx, N.Y. – March 17, 2015 – The 2015 WCS Run for the Wild is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate in the annual 5K race and family fun run/walk at the Bronx Zoo.
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March 12 -- New in Journal Science: A Guidebook for Ecosystem Services
A team of investors, development organizations, conservationists, economists, and ecologists have published in the journalScience six natural science principles to ensure success of Payments for Ecosystem Services, mechanisms that have helped preserve carbon stocks stored in Madagascar’s rainforests, maintain wildlife populations important for tourism in Tanzania, and protect watersheds in France by working with local farmers. 
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Feb. 20 -- Carbon Credits for Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park Now Available Online Through Stand for Trees Campaign
Carbon credits from WCS’s Makira Natural Park Project in Madagascar are now available through the Stand for Trees campaign, an online carbon sales platform recently launched by USAID and Code REDD.
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Roaches are Back!  Best Valentine’s Day Gift EVER Returns
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there is one last minute gift that will last forever. WCS’s Bronx Zoo has brought back the Name-a-Roach – a light-hearted way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings will last a lifetime.
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