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Protected Area Planning, Creation, Management


SMART Technology Transforms Conservation at Over 1,000 of the  World's Most Important Biodiversity Sites
A team of conservationists is launching a major upgrade to SMART - the world’s leading protected area management tool helping conservation practitioners in 70 countries to collect, interpret and use information to make decisions and inform strategies over time with reliable, quantitative data.
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Two WCS Conservationists Elected to IUCN Council
Conservationists meeting in person and virtually at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress have elected two WCS scientists to IUCN’s 2021-2025 Council.
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Conservation Leadership Programme Awardees Help Establish New Management Plan for Brazil’s Largest Coastal Marine Protected Area
A team of conservationists in Brazil funded by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), of which WCS is a partner, has assisted in the creation and recent publication of a new government-executed management plan to conserve threatened coral reefs in Brazil’s largest federal coastal marine conservation unit, the Costa dos Corais.
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To Understand Future Habitat Needs for Chimpanzees,  Look to the Past
A new study provides insight into where chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) avoided climate instability during glacial and interglacial periods in Africa over the past 120,000 years.
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IUCN SSC Experts Urge for Immediate Action to Find Saola Before it’s too Late
IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) released today a Position Statement on the critical need for greater search effort for Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), calling to bring expertise, funding and innovation together to save one of the world’s rarest species.
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Partnership Renewed with WCS, Republic of Congo, and Forestry Company to Protect Wildlife and Biodiversity
Olam International’s subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF) of the Republic of Congo (ROC) have renewed their partnership agreement to protect wildlife around Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern ROC.
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New Marmoset Species Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
A team of scientists has discovered a new marmoset species in the Brazilian Amazon. The research was funded in part by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), a capacity-building partnership between WCS, BirdLife International and Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
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Mozambique President Visits Niassa Special Reserve to Assist in Collaring Elephant
To Celebrate World Ranger Day on July 31st, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi joined conservationists in the Niassa Special Reserve (NSR) to place a new GPS collar on an elephant nicknamed “Mr. President,” which in 2018 received its first collar from President Nyusi.
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Technology helps tree-planting champions in Tanzania
Local communities in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands are involved in a forest restoration project aimed at protecting fresh water supplies, reforesting degraded areas and creating sustainable supplies of timber and fuelwood. 
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STUDY: Nearly 20 Percent of Globally Important Intact Forest Landscapes Overlap with Concessions for Extractive Industries
A new study from WCS and WWF reveals that nearly 20 percent of tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) overlap with concessions for extractive industries such as mining, oil and gas. The total area of overlap is 376,449 square miles (975,000 square kilometers), about the size of Egypt. Mining concessions overlap most with tropical IFLs, at 11.33 percent of the total area, while oil and gas concessions overlap with 7.85 percent of the total area.
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