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New Paper in Journal Science Says Tackling the Shocking Decline in Nature Needs a ‘Safety Net’ of Multiple Goals
With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently announcing that none of its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020 has been reached, a new paper in the journal Science, led by a team of Earth Commission scientists, outlines how the next generation of biodiversity goals should be designed.
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WCS and CONAP Release 26 Young Scarlet Macaws into Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve (English and Spanish)

WCS’s Guatemala program released images and video showing the dramatic release of 26 young scarlet macaws (Ara macao) into Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR).

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Global Review Finds that Many Countries Get Failing Grades When it Comes to Protecting Nature
An international team of scientists has issued a global report card for the countries of the world on their conservation commitments made under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ten years ago. Many are failing. Reporting their results in the journal Nature, the team led by the University of Queensland, WCS and 14 other international organizations, conducted a global review of area-based conservation efforts, including both protected areas and other effective area-based conservation me...
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Scientists Discover Rare Bright Spot for Corals
A team of scientists have discovered that a large area in the Indo-Pacific known as the “Coral Triangle” is surprisingly resistant to thermal stress from climate change, making it a sanctuary for corals amid the ongoing climate crisis.
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Make Way for Extremely Rare Ducklings
WCS Cambodia released an image of an endangered white-winged duckling (Asacornis scutulata) the moment it left its nest in a tree cavity with its mother at its side. The duckling is believed to be one of five fledglings conservationists have been tracking in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary of Preah Vihear province.  Khean and his team installed camera traps at the nest site to capture as much information as possible with little disturbance. These ducks prefer to nest in cavities of mature...
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PIG RESCUE! WCS Video Shows Daring Rescue of Wild Boar Caught in Snare in Cambodia

WCS Cambodia released a dramatic video showing a team of three WCS conservationists releasing a wild boar (Sus scrofa) caught in an illegally-set snare in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.

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WCS and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium join the Global Coalition for Biodiversity

One week before the 1st ever UN Summit on Biodiversity (NYC, 30 September), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium have joined the European Commission Global Coalition for Biodiversity, calling for stronger mobilization in communicating about the nature crisis facing the planet.

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Islands in the Storm: Less than Ten Percent of the Global Protected Area Network is Connected

A new study appearing in the journal Nature Communications finds that that less than ten percent of the world’s protected areas are connected, and that increased isolation, due to human threats such as land clearing for agriculture, mining, and urbanization, is limiting the ability of the global protected area estate to prevent further biodiversity loss.

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International Vulture Awareness Day News (English and Spanish)
Just in time for World Vulture Day comes a new scientific book: “Saving the Symbol of the Andes: A Range Wide Conservation Priority Setting Exercise for the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus).” 
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First Ever Analysis for Southeast Asia Documents 64 Exceptional and Diverse Ecosystems in Myanmar

A team led by WCS and Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, along with James Cook University, University of New South Wales and IUCN have completed the first IUCN Red List assessment for ecosystems in Southeast Asia, identifying 64 individual ecosystems types for Myanmar.

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