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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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Government of Madagascar  Creates Country’s First Shark Sanctuary
The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them.
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WCS at IUCN World Parks CongressNovember 12-19, 2014Sydney, Australia SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, NOV. 11, 2014 – The following events will be taking place during the IUCN World Parks Congress with experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. On-site, please contact John Delaney (jdelaney@wcs.org; text 1-347-675-2294) or Mary Dixon (mdixon@wcs.org; text 1-347-840-1242) to discuss any of these presentations or to schedule an interview. To learn more go to wpc.wcs.org or follow @TheWCS Breaking Topics to...
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Epidemiologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Christopher Golden's research has revealed that Madagascar's reliance on bush meat is both ravaging the country's wildlife and impacting the health of the Malagasy people. Golden now dedicates his work to protecting the country's unique animals while promoting a healthy diet for the Malagasy.
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