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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Projects
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change. 
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Jaguars Receive Further Protection Under Convention of Migratory Species
The jaguar proposal for Appendix I and II was approved by consensus at the CMS CoP 13 in India today
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Current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity is Failing, Scientist Says in Journal Nature

Prioritizing and tracking the protection of countries’ ecosystems – from wetlands to reefs to forests and more – is critical to protecting Earth’s biodiversity.

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A Cheat Sheet for the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS CoP13)

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS CoP13) is taking place in Gandhinagar, India, from February 15 to 22, 2020.

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Blowing Up Biodiversity Offsetting: Scientists Propose New “Target-Based” Approach
A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Queensland, and a dozen other organizations has developed a new alternative to “biodiversity offsetting” where compensation is provided to achieve an outcome of “no net loss” of biodiversity from development projects.
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PIGS IN TROUBLE: Scientists Document Collapse of Central America's White-Lipped Peccary
White-lipped peccaries have declined by as much as 87 percent to 90 percent from their historical range in Central America, signaling a population collapse of a key species in the region, according to a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation
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STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife

New study assessed 20K terrestrial species finding that 85 percent are now exposed to intense human pressure

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Study: Wild Tigers Struggle with Work/Life Balance

Scientists track a tigress in Russian Far East and learn there is lots of running around, wolfing down big meals, and then back home to watch the kids.

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It’s Not ‘One Size Fits All’ as the World’s Countries Strive to Halt the Depletion of Natural Ecosystems

A new study published this week in Natural Ecology and Evolution concludes each of the world’s countries have their own unique, urgent roles to play to halt any further depletion of natural ecosystems as there is only 50 percent of Earth’s nature remaining.

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