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Bears, Wolves, and Wild Cats Survive Decades of War New report highlights need for continued support from USAID to conserve country’s natural heritage Conservation can help stabilize the region, which can improve U.S. national security NEW YORK (June 27, 2011) – A new survey conducted by WCS scientists, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), reveals that large ma...
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Awards highlight conservation and climate change mitigation NEW YORK (June 9, 2011)—The Wildlife Conservation Society took home five of the top 10 awards in the FrontLines Photo Contest, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Julie Larsen Maher, Chief WCS Photographer, claimed three of the prizes with her engaging photos of Uganda’s varied wildlife, including the first place image of an African bird called a hamerkop tossing a lizard in mid-air in...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (April 15, 2010) – Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli emphasized today the connection between protecting wildlife abroad with economic and national security at home. He made this connection while testifying about the Fiscal Year 2012 budget before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. Calvelli testified that international conservation programs create job opportunities and development within often unstable re...
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Awestruck researchers add Afghan natural wonder to list of behemoths NEW YORK (March 30, 2011)—Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have stumbled upon a geological colossus in a remote corner of Afghanistan: a natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base.  Located at the central highlands of Afghanistan, the recently discovered Hazarchishma Natural Bridge is more than 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest large nat...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (February 15, 2010) – The following statement was released today by John Calvelli, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President for Public Affairs: “Any effort to eliminate funding for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs (FSIP) is short-sighted and would have a negative effect on America’s national security and economic security. “Today, lawmakers in the House of Representatives will attempt to de-fund an office that provides technical assistance i...
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NEW YORK, JANUARY 21, 2011 – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, John Calvelli:                         Efforts by lawmakers to eliminate the U.S. Agency for International Development could have disastrous consequences for the effective implementation of our nation’s foreign policy goals. Since its creation, USAID and its programs have immeasurably improved our ability to address the threats we face...
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WCS's Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli describes how efforts by lawmakers to eliminate the U.S. Agency for International Development could have disastrous consequences for the effective implementation of our nation’s foreign policy goals.
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New York , NY – Jan. 14, 2011 – A female snow leopard, Zoey, moves through the snow in her exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo.   Thick fur and padded feet keep snow leopards insulated and warm in cold weather. Snow leopards have the thickest coat of any large cat, making them well prepared for winter weather. Snow leopards are an endangered species due to hunting and poaching for the fur trade. The Wildlife Conservation Society works to protect snow leopards i...
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QDDR assesses how well State Department and USAID funds work together to support America’s interests abroad NEW YORK (December 17, 2010) – The Obama administration released its Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) of the overall U.S. foreign assistance strategy and implementation. The review, one and a half years in the making, proposed several changes that indicate better support within the government for the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),...
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NEW YORK (April 15, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced the restoration of Kabul University’s herbarium—a once-threatened collection of nearly 25,000 preserved plant specimens—in a multi-partner effort that will  vastly improve  Afghan research capacity and inform decision-making regarding the future management and protection of Afghanistan’s environment. The herbarium restoration was organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PEACE project—a consortium l...
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