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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Climate Adaptation Projects Promoting Innovation, Results-Sharing, and Mainstreaming

Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from U.S.-based non-profit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.

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Wildlife Conservation Society Statement on UN IPCC report, “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”

The following statements have been issued by Dr. Daniel Zarin, WCS Executive Director of Forests and Climate Change, and Dr. Hedley Grantham, WCS Director of Conservation Planning, about the newest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which synthesizes the latest science on  the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, and challenges and options for adaptation.

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Environmental Organizations, Federal and State Leaders Call for a National Biodiversity Strategy to Combat the Escalating Extinction Crisis

With one million species threatened with extinction, leading conservation organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Wildlife Conservation Society and Natural Resources Defense Council, announced a new campaign to advocate for a national biodiversity strategy in the United States.

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Gabon Provides Blueprint for Protecting Oceans, Protecting 26 Percent of its EEZ in a Network of 20 Marine Protected Areas

Gabon's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) provides a blueprint that could be used in many other countries, experts say.

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Happy Year of the Tiger: Tigers Are Beating the Odds Against Extinction

WCS released a statement by Dale Miquelle, WCS Tiger Program coordinator and director of WCS’s Russia Program, upon the commencement of the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

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Cuba Names East Los Colorados Archipelago a New Protected Area (English and Spanish)

Cuba has just declared Este del Archipiélago de Los Colorados (“East of Los Colorados Archipelago”), a new marine protected area. This new MPA covers about half of one of the four major archipelagos surrounding the country, and hosts exceptional marine life including Antillean manatees, American crocodiles, and critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.

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STUDY: Traditional Food Production Sharing Practices Help Rural Pacific Island Communities Weather COVID-19 Impacts

A newly published, seven-country study found that rural Pacific Island communities that maintained traditional practices around food production were better able to weather the initial impacts of COVID-19.

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Lighted Nets Dramatically Reduce Bycatch of Sharks and Other Wildlife While Making Fishing More Efficient

In a win-win for commercial fisheries and marine wildlife, researchers have found that using lighted nets greatly reduced accidental bycatch of sharks, rays, sea turtles, and unwanted finfish.

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New Marine Protected Area Isla Ají Safeguards Important Coastal Ecosystems (English and Spanish)

Ratifying its global commitments, the Government of Colombia has recently declared Isla Ají a new marine protected area (MPA). Spanning 24,600 ha (95 square miles), this important and beautiful nature reserve will serve to protect threatened wildlife and safeguard the wellbeing of local coastal communities who depend on the area for food and their livelihoods. 

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Penguin Takes Astounding Selfie Video of its Diving and Feeding Activity (English and Spanish)

Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day (Thursday, January 20th), the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Argentina Program has released amazing underwater selfie video recently taken by a male Gentoo penguin fitted with a special camera.

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