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October 27, 2011
New Book Proposes Solutions to the Social and Ecological Challenges Posed by Climate Change
“Adapting to a Changing Environment” provides governments, scientists, and managers with a framework for action NEW YORK (October 27, 2011)—The impacts of climate change on the world’s land and sea will become more pronounced in the years to come. According to the authors of a new book, the impacts of this change will fall hardest on poor communities that are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods, but much can be done to protect the environment and maintain human we...
September 28, 2011
WCS Study Uncovers a Predictable Sequence Toward Coral Reef Collapse
Research identifies eight factors that can alert managers to the threat of overfishing in otherwise healthy looking reefs NEW YORK (September 28, 2011)—Coral reefs that have lots of corals and appear healthy may, in fact, be heading toward collapse, according to a study published by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups. Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, an international team of researchers identified how overfishing creates a serie...
September 13, 2011
Tackling Climate Change in Fiji
Scientists, conservation practitioners, decision and policymakers meet in Suva, Fiji to address environmental challenges brought on by climate change.
June 23, 2011
Modern Fish Communities Live Fast & Die Young
Archeological study by Wildlife Conservation Society finds that sustained overfishing results in fewer long-lived species and top predators NEW YORK (June 23, 2011)—Fish communities in the 21st Century live fast and die young. That’s the main finding of a recent study by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society who compared fish recently caught in coastal Kenya with the bones of fish contained in ancient Swahili refuse heaps in order to understan...
June 08, 2011
Fiji’s Totoya Island Coral Reef Is Declared Sacred Today on World Oceans Day
Recent expedition by WCS and partners found reef teeming with life WCS supports local communities in returning to a traditional ban on fishing NEW YORK (June 8, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Pacific Blue Foundation, Wetlands International, and the Waitt Institute announced today that the people of Fiji’s Totoya Island have declared part of their coral reefs sacred in honor of World Oceans Day. WCS Fiji Di...
June 08, 2011
WCS Helps Fiji Reefs Stay Sacred
In honor of World Oceans Day, June 8
, the people of Fiji's Totoya Island declare a portion of their vibrant coral reefs sacred. The measure will help ensure the continued health of the island's coastal resources, its ecosystem, and its residents' livelihoods and culture.
June 06, 2011
Live from Fiji: An Expedition to Some of the World’s Least-Touched Reefs
Expedition leader Stacey Jupiter of WCS’s Marine Program is available for live, on-vessel interviews via phone or Skype Reef will be declared off limits to fishing on World Ocean’s Day on June 8th Excellent electronic images available NEW YORK (June 6, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society and other partners are currently exploring a remote coral reef off Fiji’s Totoya Island. Expedition leader, Stacey Jupiter ...
June 06, 2011
Journey to a Sacred Reef
Follow along on the adventures of WCS marine conservationist Stacy Jupiter, Fiji Country Program Director, as she explores the sacred reefs of Totoya Island in the company of the island's high chief and various conservation partners. The expedition aims to revitalize cultural practices that have safeguarded this stunning Fijian seascape over many decades.
May 31, 2011
WCS's Marine Program to explore Fiji’s “Sacred Reef”
Dr. Stacy Jupiter to Post Expedition Blogs on National Geographic News Watch Bronx, N.Y. (May 31, 2011) – From June 1st to June 8th (World Ocean’s Day), Wednesday to Wednesday, WCS marine ecologists, working with the Pacific Blue Foundation and the Waitt Institute will conduct initial surveys of Fiji’s Totoya Island reef. Sections of this remote reef are considered sacred by island villagers and are proposed for formal protection in recognition of World Ocean’s Day – June 8th, Wedne...
March 22, 2011
Conservationists Develop Coral “Stress Test” to Identify Reefs of Hope in Climate Change Era
WCS researchers urge protection and management for Indian Ocean coral reefs most likely to persist into future“Stress Test” creates hope for one of the world’s centers of marine biodiversity NEW YORK (March 22, 2011)—Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have developed a “stress test” for coral reefs as a means of identifying and prioritizing areas that are most likely to survive bleaching events and other climate change factors. The researchers say that these “reefs of hope” are p...
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