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WCS Statement on Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira Winning the Tusk Conservation Award – The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira, who was honored with a lifetime achievement Tusk Conservation Award in Africa – the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – for his four decades of work to protect Mozambique’s natural heritage.

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A Remote Paradise: Afghanistan Establishes the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area

The Wildlife Conservation Society extends congratulations to the ​Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the establishment of the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area, a spectacular landscape of ​4,200 square kilometers with outstanding ecological, cultural, historical and aes­thetic value, nested in the remote central Hindu Kush Moun­tain Range.

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Three WCS Rangers Win “African Ranger Award”

Three WCS rangers have won the African Ranger Award, which recognizes and supports the achievements and efforts of rangers working to combat the precipitous decline of Africa's wildlife species due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.

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Massive Wildlife Survey in Tanzania Points to Elephant Recovery  In Key Landscape

Tanzania’s Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and WCS released the results of a massive wildlife survey showing that elephant numbers have stabilized in a key landscape known for rampant poaching just a few years ago.

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CARBON BOMB: Study in Journal Science Advances Says Climate Impact from Loss of Intact Tropical Forests Grossly Underreported

A new study in the journal Science Advances says that carbon impacts from the loss of intact tropical forests has been grossly underreported.

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New hope for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve – a wildlife haven under threat in in the heart of the Congo rainforest

Conservation is bringing new hope for the security and stability of a remote forest outpost in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the signing of a new partnership agreement to manage the Okapi Wildlife Reserve between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Government’s Nature Conservation Agency, ICCN.

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Besides Hot Water, Coral Bleaching Also About Location, Location, Location
As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world’s warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching.
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Olam Shares Tech with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Landscape Partnership to Tackle Deforestation
Over 20,000 smallholder coffee farmers in southern Sumatra will benefit from a unique collaboration whereby global food and agri-business Olam International will grant use of its platform, the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS), to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to tackle forest encroachment in the Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBSNP) landscape in southern Sumatra.
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Intact Forests Are Key to Stemming and Stopping Global Climate Crisis
The following statement was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society as the United Nations focused on the importance of nature-based solutions to the world’s climate crisis.The Nature-Based Solutions Coalition of the UN Climate Action Summit hosted a high-level event today to highlight the critical role of nature for climate action and the pathways to unlocking nature’s full potential for mitigation and adaptation to deliver the Paris Agreement and carbon neutrality by 2050. ...
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Want to Cut Extinction Risk in Half? Protect Underappreciated (and Largely Unprotected) Wilderness Areas, Nature Study Says
Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world’s extinction risk in half, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
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