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WCS Joins Indigenous Rights Groups to Support Indigenous Youth Voices at 23rd Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2024—The following statement was released jointly on April 16, by the Inclusive Conservation Academy (ICA), Programme Intégré pour le Développement du Peuple Pygmée au Kivu (PIDP), Securing Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Green Economy Coalition (SIRGE Coalition), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the 23rd Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Indigenous Brothers and Sisters, ...
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Major Conservation Alliance Launches ‘More Trees, Fewer Cows’ Initiative to Safeguard Biological and Cultural Diversity of Mesoamerica

In a joint effort to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican region, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild, and the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) announced the “More Trees, Fewer Cows” initiative during Climate Week New York. This unprecedented alliance aims to raise awareness and take strong action against illegal cattle ranching activities in Indigenous territories and protected areas.

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Announcing a New Direct Access Fund for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Protecting Forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RfN) are working with Indigenous People and local organizations to launch the first-ever direct access fund for Indigenous Peoples and local communities to protect forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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As the world commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9th, the Wildlife Conservation Society has issued the following statement by Sushil Raj, Executive Director of the WCS Rights and Communities Program, and Dawa Yangi Sherpa, Social Safeguards Technical Specialist in the WCS Rights & Communities Program:

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Recognition of Human Rights Must Be More than One Day of Speeches At the UN Biodiversity Conference CoP15

It will be imperative that recognition of human rights is not just a day of conversations and sharing of good practices but also creates momentum for Parties to include contributions from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

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STUDY: To Save Wildlife from Extinction, Protect Indigenous Peoples’ Lands

A team of researchers from the University of Queensland, WCS, and other organizations, conducting a first-of-its-kind analysis, found that Indigenous Peoples’ lands are critical to the survival of thousands of species of Threatened and Endangered wildlife.

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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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STUDY: Indigenous Peoples Own or Manage at Least One Quarter of World’s Land Surface

Indigenous Peoples have ownership, use and management rights over  at least a quarter of the world’s land surface according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Sustainability.

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