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At COP28: WCS and Republic of Congo Sign MoU on Implementation Of a High-Integrity Forest Investment Initiative in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park
Dubai, Dec. 4, 2023 -- Recognizing the importance of ecological integrity to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, including climate regulation, the Government of the Republic of Congo, represented by the Ministry of Forest Economy, and WCS have initiated a new program to attract investment in the conservation of high-integrity tropical forests. This joint commitment to developing pilot investment projects in high-integrity forests is demonstrated by the signing of a Memorandum of...
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News Statement for Indigenous Peoples Day at COP28, Dec. 5, 2023 From: Inclusive Conservation Academy, Pawanka Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society
Dubai, Dec. 3, 2023– The following statement was issued by Sushil Raj of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Myrna Cunningham Kain of the Pawanka Fund, and Roberto Múkaro Agüeibaná Borrero of the Inclusive Conservation Academy: “We come from nature, depend on nature, and return to nature. Nature is central to our collective humanity, various cultures, identity, and future as human beings. Many Indigenous Peoples reflect this clearly through their ways of life, knowledge, and be...
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WCS Applauds Ghana, Costa Rica, LEAF Coalition Members for Signing Landmark Agreements for High-Integrity Jurisdictional REDD+ Carbon Credits
Dubai, Dec. 3, 2023 – The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds Ghana, Costa Rica and LEAF Coalition members for signing landmark agreements for high-integrity jurisdictional REDD+ carbon credits. As the first forest governments to reach Emissions Reductions Purchase Agreements (ERPAs) for the sale of high-integrity jurisdictional REDD+ emissions reductions and removals credits to major corporate buyers in the LEAF Coalition, Ghana and Costa Rica will receive over $60m for national eff...
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WCS’s Monica Medina on Significant New US Pledge to The Green Climate Fund
Dubai, Dec. 2, 2023 – The following statement was issued by WCS President and CEO Monica Medina concerning the US Administration’s announcement today of a new $3 Billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund, the largest fund supporting climate action in developing countries: “Today’s announcement at COP28 by Vice President Kamala Harris that the Biden-Harris Administration will pledge an additional $3 billion in funding to the Green Climate Fund is an important step to hel...
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Finally: Steps Are Taken to Mainstream Health in the Global Climate Change Agenda
Dubai, Dec. 2, 2023 – The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Director of Global Health Dr. Chris Walzer:   “The COP28 UAE Presidency in collaboration with the World Health Organization and other partners is holding the first ever Health Day and climate-health ministerial. The dedicated health day is expected to lift the political profile of the climate-health nexus, and finally, mainstream health in ...
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At COP28: Wildlife Conservation Society Applauds President Lula’s Proposal for a New Global Funding Mechanism As a Potential Turning Point for Tropical Forest Conservation
Dubai, Dec. 1, 2023 – High integrity tropical rainforests comprise 40 percent of the world’s remaining tropical forests and are the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. These are the least degraded tropical forests and harbor over half of known plant and animal species. They sustain the livelihoods of millions of Indigenous Peoples and other traditional communities. Tropical rainforests form a critical part of nature’s climate infrastructure, by storing and remov...
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Paris Agreement Forest Carbon Transactions Should Follow Tropical Forest Credit Integrity Guidance
Dubai, Dec. 1, 2023 – The following statement was issued by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Conservation International, the Environmental Defense Fund, Fauna & Flora, the National Wildlife Federation, Nature4Climate, the We Mean Business Coalition, and the Wildlife Conservation Society: In the context of increasing reports of forest carbon-related cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, we encourage Parties to apply the Tropical F...
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COP28 Must Be A Turning Point for Our Planet and All People
Dubai, Nov. 30, 2023 – The following statement was issued by Monica Medina, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society: “The world's most vulnerable people and nature’s most fragile places are disproportionately bearing the costs of the climate crisis, a crisis driven by the world's wealthiest and the fossil fuel industry. “COP28 will be judged on whether it leads to: decarbonizing our economies more rapidly and eliminating fossil fuel ...
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WCS Welcomes New Methodology As a Pathway to Scaling REDD+
NEW YORK, November 28, 2023 -- The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society: Second only to reducing fossil fuel consumption, protection of carbon stocks in natural forests and other ecosystems represents the most viable strategy available to mitigate climate change at scale. Protecting carbon-rich ecosystems also provides extensive benefits to biodiversity and the local communities reliant on forest resources. High-integrity climate finance projects remain an...
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New Agreement Provides Long-Term Annual Funding to Protect  Climate-Critical Madagascar Wilderness Area
New York, NY -- Madagascar’s Makira-Masoala wilderness will receive an annual $1 million grant through a new agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF), with support from Arcadia. The agreement provides annual funding of $1 million per year under LLF’s perpetual funding model, which will help preserve the integrity of Madagascar’s climate-critical eastern rainforests and support the area’s ecosystem services. ...
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