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NEWS FROM CoP26: Protecting Our Planet Challenge's Commitment to Support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to Secure a Sustainable Future for Nature, Climate, and People

The following statement was released by the nine founding partners of the Protecting Our Planet Challenge:

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NEWS FROM CoP26: WCS Supports LEAF Announcement to Purchase a Minimum of $1 Billion  Of Carbon Credits to Support Tropical Forest Conservation

the LEAF coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance), a public-private consortium, announced commitments to purchase a minimum of $1 billion of carbon credits from an initial set of tropical forest countries and subnational jurisdictions, contingent on verification of commensurate deforestation reductions in those places during the five-year period from 2022-26.

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NEWS FROM CoP26: Study Says Climate Change Will Triple Impacts to World’s “Life Zones” Unless Emission Rates are Dramatically Reduced

A new study from WCS and multiple partners that modeled changes in the world’s 45 different “life zones” from climate change revealed that climate impacts may soon triple over these areas if the earth continues “business-as-usual” emissions.

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Community-Run African Reserve that Stores Almost a Billion Tons of Carbon Quietly Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

As the world’s climate leaders gather in Glasgow for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP26), a little-known Community Reserve in the Republic of Congo – that helps store some 30 billion tons of carbon – quietly celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

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Responsibly Managed Forest Concessions Can Protect Jaguars and Other Mammals (English and Spanish)

WCS Guatemala, in partnership with Wildlife Messengers, produced a video on a study showing how reduced-impact logging, which includes minimizing roads, avoiding sensitive areas and strictly regulating hunting, can have minimal impact on jaguars and other wildlife.

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First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance

The first-ever Africa-wide assessment of great apes – gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees – finds that human factors, including roads, population density and GDP, determine abundance more than ecological factors such as forest cover.

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Scientists Predict Scary News for a Species of Bat

Two recent scientific studies under a project led by the Wildlife Conservation Society have revealed new insights on where and when bats hibernate across their range, and subsequently predict continued extreme levels of mortality from white-nose syndrome.

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Gorilla Coffee Alliance to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Gorilla Coffee Alliance was launched today by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Nespresso; Olam Food Ingredients (OFI); international nonprofits, TechnoServe and the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Congolese social enterprise, Asili.

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The 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (ukcop 26) is taking place in Glasgow from Oct. 31st through November 12, 2021.

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Statement on the Role of High Forest Low Deforestation (HFLD) Credits in the LEAF Coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance)

A statement by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN).

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