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WCS Issues Statement Regarding IPBES Alarming Report on Assault Against Nature

The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today in regard to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):

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Managing Climate Risk for Conservation Investments - A New Report Written by Funders Offers Solutions
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund, in collaboration with the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF), has released a new report providing practical guidance to foundation and public agency funders, and natural resource managers for reducing their investment risk in the era of climate change. The report was launched this week at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a legally-mandated synthesis of ...
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WCS Reacts to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan for the Jaguar
Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reacted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released recovery plan for the jaguar. 
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STUDY: Scientists Say World’s Protected Areas Need a Re-Boot
An international study published today in the journal Science argues that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by over 190 nations, is failing. They propose a new measurable target based on the best scientific evidence that they say will galvanize greater and more effective conservation efforts.
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Government of Belize Expands Marine Protected Areas in Biodiverse Offshore Waters
The government of Belize has approved “The Expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones,” which will increase the total area of Belize’s protected waters from 4.5 percent to 11.6 percent, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). 
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Sweeping Census Provides New Population Estimate For Western Chimpanzees

A sweeping new census published in the journal Environmental Research Letters estimates 52,800 western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) live in eight countries in western Africa, with most of them found outside of protected areas, some of which are threatened by intense development pressures.

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Manus Island Indigenous Communities Renew Conservation Agreements to Protect Their Forests

Fifty-two clans on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), recently renewed conservation agreements to protect 43,000 Hectares of their forested land areas.

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Translocated Zebras Flourishing in New Home
Conservationists from WCS’s Tanzania Program say translocated zebras are flourishing in Kitulo National Park.
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The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law today. 
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New Study Shows Global Map of Wildlife “Cool-Spots” Where Wildlife Thrives, and “Hot-Spots” Where Species are Imperiled

A new study maps nature’s strongholds where the world’s threatened species can take refuge from the ravages of unregulated hunting, land clearing, and other industrial activities.

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