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WORLD OCEANS DAY NEWS:  Preserving Ocean Health is Vital for Human Health,  Says Researchers Publishing in The Lancet

In conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8th, esteemed researchers from institutions worldwide have published a compelling paper in the prestigious journal The Lancet, affirming that human health depends on thriving oceans.

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Leading Global NGOs Launch SCeNe Coalition to Deliver Nature-based Climate Solutions in Southeast Asia

Eight globally recognized environmental and conservation non-profit organizations launched the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions Coalition (SCeNe Coalition) during Ecosperity Week, taking place in Singapore 6-8 June 2023.

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“Forest to Table”: a Focus on Bushmeat in Central Africa in Nat Geo Latest Issue

The June 2023 issue of National Geographic devotes 24 pages to the complex issue of bushmeat consumption in the Congo Basin, and highlights WCS initiatives that address the worrying threat of the soaring urban demand for wild protein.

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Conservationists Propose “Global Conservation Basic Income”  To Safeguard Biodiversity

Publishing in the journal Nature Sustainability, a team of conservationists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society say that providing a “Conservation Basic Income” (CBI) – of $5.50 per day to all residents of protected areas in low- and middle-income countries would cost less than annual subsidies given to fossil fuels and other environmentally harmful industries.

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First-Ever A.I. Algorithm Correctly Estimates Fish Stocks

For the first time, a newly published artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is allowing researchers to quickly and accurately estimate coastal fish stocks without ever entering the water.

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La Paz, Bolivia Wins “City Nature Challenge” for Second Consecutive Year Counting 5,300 Species in its Greater Metro Area

For the second year in a row, La Paz, Bolivia won the City Nature Challenge, a global event where people photograph biodiversity in and around cities across the globe.

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WCS Co-Produces New Bison Documentary with Alutiiq Community of Old Harbor, Alaska

WCS’s Arctic Beringia Program has co-produced a new feature-length documentary film with Tribal partners in the community of Old Harbor, Alaska, titled “The Herd.”

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STUDY: One Health Surveillance in Viet Nam Highlights Hotspots for Viral Disease Emergence and Calls for One Health Action

A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) identified a viral hotspot in Viet Nam where bat roosting sites, bat guano harvesting, and pig farms are all in close proximity.

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WCS Rights +Communities Executive Director, Sushil Raj, Attends United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The following statement was submitted by Sushil Raj, WCS Executive Director of Rights + Communities, at the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues Twenty-Second Session. The statement was submitted under the Permanent Forum’s theme “Indigenous Peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health, and climate change: a rights-based approach.”

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The Wildlife Conservation Society welcomes the Vatican’s statement on March 30, 2023 renouncing the “doctrine of discovery.”

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