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The following statement was released by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper in response to President Biden’s commitment to double the United States’ previous climate finance pledge, announced at the UN General Assembly.

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Study Says New York Waters may be an Important, Additional Feeding Area for Large Whales

A new study finds that that some large whale species (humpback, fin and minke whales) use the waters off New York and New Jersey as a supplemental feeding area feasting on two different types of prey species. 

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WCS Focused on Supporting a Nature Positive Future for the Planet
The following is a statement delivered by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Biodiversity PreCOP event hosted by the Government of Colombia here on August 30. The virtual event was held under the leadership of President Iván Duque Márquez. This event is a part of the Third Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) negotiating sessions, from 23 August to 3 September 2021. Those participating...
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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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WCS Statement on the Importance of High Forest, Low Deforestation Countries, and the Need to Increase Finance for Protection of Their Forests
High Forest, Low Deforestation (HFLD) countries and jurisdictions are those with very extensive, ecologically intact forests and low past rates of deforestation.
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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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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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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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Camera Trap Images Reveal that Tiny Nigeria Wildlife Sanctuary is a Haven for Rare Primates and Other Wildlife
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Nigeria Program released a series of camera trap images from Nigeria’s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary revealing an array of primates and other wildlife that live in this 100 square kilometer (38.6 square mile) protected area that is smaller than the city of Paris.
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