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News From COP27 Climate Conference: European Union announces EUR 25.5 M investment in Mesoamerica’s Five Great Forests (English and Spanish)

The European Union (EU) announced a 25.5 million euro investment in the protection and sustainable use of the Five Great Forests of Mesoamerica, and the Indigenous Peoples and local communities that risk their lives as their frontline defenders.

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News from CITES CoP19: WCS Investigations of Online Trade in Jaguar Parts Show Threat is Widespread

Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced the results of an international investigation finding that online trade of jaguar parts are openly detectable on multiple online platforms, representing an emerging and serious threat to jaguar populations across the range of this Latin American wildlife icon.

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The Case of Latin America’s Mysterious Disappearing (and Reappearing) White-Lipped Peccaries

A collaborative study published in PLOS ONE,  documents the periodic disappearance (and reappearance) of white-lipped peccaries in nine countries in South and Central America.

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Forests of Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya are Staging an Inspiring Comeback (English and Spanish)

Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya, the epicenter of the ancient Maya Civilization and a vast protected area system covering parts of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, is making an inspiring comeback with forest cover returning and local people benefitting thanks to government, local partners and communities working together to curb illegal activities.

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Connecting the Spots: First Comprehensive Review of National Jaguar Protection Laws (English, Spanish, and Portuguese)

Conservationists have conducted the first comprehensive review of national laws across the range of the jaguar (Panthera onca) to show opportunities for strengthening legal protections of the largest cat species found in the Americas.

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New Marine Protected Areas in Guatemala:  Government Pledges the Expansion and Declaration of Coastal-Marine Protected Areas at UN’s Ocean Conference (English and Spanish)

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala (MARN) and the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) have announced the expansion of new MPAs in Guatemala during the United Nation’s Ocean Conference (UNOC) event “Location, location, location: scaling-up the impact of 30x30”

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Progress and achievements of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade (English and Spanish)

Colombia was the host country of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on April 5 and 6 in Cartagena de Indias.

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Cuba Names East Los Colorados Archipelago a New Protected Area (English and Spanish)

Cuba has just declared Este del Archipiélago de Los Colorados (“East of Los Colorados Archipelago”), a new marine protected area. This new MPA covers about half of one of the four major archipelagos surrounding the country, and hosts exceptional marine life including Antillean manatees, American crocodiles, and critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.

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“Talkative” Jaguar Lounges in Front of Hidden Camera (English and Spanish News Releases)

Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Guatemala Program released video footage of a wild jaguar (Panthera onca) who clearly has a gift for the gab.

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A Mural in a Guatemala Village Raises Awareness about Global Shorebird Migrations

In an amalgamation of art, conservation, and science, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners from a small community on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast recently unveiled an innovative tool to raise awareness about migratory shorebirds: a 90-foot-long, nine-foot-tall mural.

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