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Protected Area Planning, Creation, Management


In Papua New Guinea, an Indigenous Tribe’s Journey to Protect its Forest
An indigenous tribe in a remote valley of the highlands of Papua New Guinea pledge to create a protected area to safeguard 4,200 hectares of primary forest on their land
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Creation of Ogooue-Leketi National Park

Her Excellency Rosalie Matondo, the Republic of Congo’s Minister of Forestry Economy, the US Ambassador, Todd Haskell, the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Congo program, and local authorities gathered in Sibiti in the Lekoumou Department to create, by official decree, Congo’s fifth national park - the Ogooué-Leketi National Park.

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New Survey Shows Rangers Across Central America Share Passion for Protecting Nature Despite Poor Working Conditions
Government-employed park rangers in Central American countries described a challenging and often inhospitable work environment in their responses in a recent survey (English | Spanish) on their wellbeing and working conditions conducted by Global Wildlife Conservation, Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local partners. 
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A WILDERNESS “HORROR STORY”
Producing the first comprehensive fine-scale map of the world’s remaining marine and terrestrial wild places, conservation scientists writing in the journal Nature say that just 23 percent of the world’s landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest – excluding Antarctica – lost to the direct effects of human activities.
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WCS Commits to Protecting Coral Reefs At Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia
WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper issued the following statement on the announcement of $185 million in new support from Michael Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX to increase ocean exploration and protection at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
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A Black Bear Playbook:  Conservationists Predict Bear/Human Conflict Hot-Spots in New Study
A new study by WCS, American Museum of Natural History, and other partners uses long term data on bear mortality to map high-probability hot-spots for human-bear conflicts.
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Amazing Video Shows Recent Release of Zebras to Tanzanian Highlands After Nearly 50-Year Absence

Conservationists from WCS, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), released an incredible video today showing the successful re-introduction of 24 zebras into Tanzania’s Kitulo National Park in the Southern Highlands region last week – part of a bold effort to re-wild this once pristine landscape.

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New Analysis Says Indigenous Peoples Living in Intact Forests Are Key to Climate Fight
A new analysis released by WCS, University of Queensland, Charles Darwin University, University of Maryland, and others shows that Indigenous Peoples are critical to maintaining intact forest landscapes that are essential for avoiding catastrophic climate change.
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Planting Cocoa to Save Forests in Makira, Northeastern Madagascar
As groups gather for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Sept 12-14, WCS has released a video showcasing how communities in Madagascar are doing their part to fight climate change.  Watch the video here. Local indigenous communities in the Makira landscape have limited access to economic opportunities and relied on traditional forms of natural resource extraction such as illegal logging and land-intensive rice farming for their survival. These livelihoods not only ca...
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Are Vulnerable Lions Eating Endangered Zebras?
Are Laikipia’s recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy’s zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal?
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