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Wildlife Conservation Society and Partners to Demonstrate Groundbreaking Mapping Tool to Measure the Ecological Integrity of the World’s Forests
WCS will hold a media briefing on December 8th to demonstrate a new groundbreaking, publicly available mapping tool that measures ecological integrity for all the world’s forests: the Forest Landscape Integrity Index.
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The World’s Rarest Corals are not Currently Being Protected Against Climate Change, Says New Study
Diversifying the world’s portfolio of protected coral reefs is critical to safeguarding biodiversity for our oceans, says a 27-year study of Kenyan corals out now in the Journal of the International Coral Reef Society. Scientists emphasize that rather than continuing to protect the most charismatic and well-recognized corals and habitats, we must “spread our risk” by protecting a more diverse mosaic of reef habitats. Conserving uncommon coral varieties by establishing protected...
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Statement on the WCS US Policy Agenda
The following statement was released by Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society:
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IT'S BAT WEEK! How to Make Bats Less Scary

A team of conservationists say that in order for the public to help bats, they need to be perceived as less scary.

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WCS and Partners Issue Ten-Year Report Card for Cambodia’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a report today showing a ten-year population trend for 13 key wildlife species found in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS), Cambodia’s most biodiverse protected area.

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New Paper in Journal Science Says Tackling the Shocking Decline in Nature Needs a ‘Safety Net’ of Multiple Goals
With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently announcing that none of its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020 has been reached, a new paper in the journal Science, led by a team of Earth Commission scientists, outlines how the next generation of biodiversity goals should be designed.
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STUDY: Cambodia’s Largest Lake, the Iconic Tonle Sap, is Losing Massive Amounts of Habitat

A new study by a team of scientists from WCS and other groups reveals that Cambodia’s iconic Tonle Sap Great Lake is losing massive amounts of habitat threatening its very existence.

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Research Expedition to Assess Coral Reef Health and Recovery from Tropical Cyclone Winston

A recent expedition to Fiji’s largest two community protected areas, Namena Marine Reserve (88 km2) and Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park (110.5 km2), shows that they are making an incredible recovery from the impact of a tropical cyclone in 2016.

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Global Review Finds that Many Countries Get Failing Grades When it Comes to Protecting Nature
An international team of scientists has issued a global report card for the countries of the world on their conservation commitments made under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ten years ago. Many are failing. Reporting their results in the journal Nature, the team led by the University of Queensland, WCS and 14 other international organizations, conducted a global review of area-based conservation efforts, including both protected areas and other effective area-based conservation me...
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Scientists Discover Rare Bright Spot for Corals
A team of scientists have discovered that a large area in the Indo-Pacific known as the “Coral Triangle” is surprisingly resistant to thermal stress from climate change, making it a sanctuary for corals amid the ongoing climate crisis.
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