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Historic Declaration Signed To Ensure Protection of Amazon Basin
Lima, Peru (June 15, 2016) – More than a dozen institutions signed the historic Joint Statement for the Amazon Waters today at the Amazon Waters International Conference in Lima, marking an unprecedented commitment to collaboration in efforts to promote the integrity of the Amazon Basin, home to the largest continuous rainforest and most extensive freshwater ecosystem in the world.

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Parties present at the Amazon Waters International Conference sign the following Joint Declaration to undertake Amazon Waters Initiative: See in English and Spanish Below

Declaration in English and Spanish

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Fishing Prohibitions Produce More Sharks Along With Problems for Fishing Communities, Scientists Find

June 8, 2016 – Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia’s shark sanctuary: It’s good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions.The bad news: People who rely on shark fishing for their livelihoods have few other options but to fish in unprotected areas when fishing closures are put in place.

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Media Note: New Video Shows Reduction in Leopard/Human Conflict in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Resolving human wildlife conflicts related to large cats largely consists of reactive actions such as translocating the animals or paying livestock compensation to the people. Rarely is an attempt made to understand the under lying causes of the conflict and then use the knowledge to tackle the conflict proactively. 

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Poaching of old forest elephant matriarchs threatens rainforests
May 12, 2016—Scientists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Stirling, and the Amboseli Trust for Elephants say that the high levels of poaching forest elephants will result in a loss of the oldest, wisest matriarchs, who are living libraries of their vast rainforest domain. Without these mothers, forest elephant social lives and their understanding of their ecosystem will be lost. This exacerbates the ongoing loss of ecosystem function already underway by the loss of these most effective seed dispersers and forest gardeners.

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Achieving Fish Biomass Targets: The Key to Securing a Sustainable Future For The Western Indian Ocean’s Coral Reefs
May 5, 2016— Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Queensland, James Cook University, and Macquarie University have completed a massive study that will help communities and countries of the Western Indian Ocean measure and restore fish populations while identifying the best policies for achieving global sustainable and conservation targets.

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Expedition Scientists in Bolivia Discover Seven Animal Species New to Science  In World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area
April 28, 2016 – Scientists on an expedition through Madidi National Park—the world’s most biologically diverse protected area— have now discovered seven animal species new to science, finds that were made in 2015 and recently confirmed through careful comparisons with known species, according to the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and local partners.

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AMERICAN ICON: Congress Passes Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal
April 27, 2016 –The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.

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New Report Documents Shocking Collapse of Gorilla Subspecies During 20 Years of Civil Unrest
April 4, 2016 – A shocking new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Fauna & Flora International documents a catastrophic collapse of the world’s largest great ape– the Grauer’s gorilla – due to a combination of illegal hunting around mining sites and settlements, prior civil unrest, and habitat loss.

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STUDY: Micro-Sanctuaries Key to Survival of Wildlife in Human Dominated Landscapes
March 25, 2016 – A new study by a team of researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Manipal University, Centre for Wildlife Studies and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-India, says that maintaining even the tiniest wildlife sanctuaries will help preserve some biodiversity in increasingly urbanized landscapes.

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