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CITES CoP19 Parties Vote to Protect Two Asian Songbirds, Devastated by Illegal Trade
PANAMA CITY, Panama (Nov. 21, 2022) -- CITES CoP19 Parties adopted by consensus to list the straw-headed bulbul under CITES Appendix I and to list the white-rumped shama on CITES Appendix II. Final adoption in Plenary is expected in the coming days.  Said Dr. Elizabeth L. Bennett, Vice President of Species Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): “The vote to protect the straw-headed bulbul under CITES Appendix I, and the white-rumped shama on CITES Appendi...
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News from CITES CoP19: Parties Take Historic Vote to Protect Requiem Sharks and Hammerheads

CITES CoP19 Parties voted to list requiem sharks and hammerheads on CITES Appendix II. Final adoption in Plenary is expected in the coming days.

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The following statement was issued today by Sue Lieberman, Vice President of International Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), at CITES CoP19 on the role of CITES member governments in reducing risk of future pathogen spillover and potential zoonotic disease emergence associated with live wildlife trade.

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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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WCS is issuing the following statements concerning the revised EU Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking.

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News from CoP27 Climate Conference: WCS Brasil and State of Amazonas Agree to Pilot Program Paying Stewards of High Integrity Tropical Forests (English and Portuguese)

WCS Brasil and the State of Amazonas agreed to work together to develop the first pilot areas for a new high integrity forest investment initiative designed to pay the stewards of high integrity tropical forests for the ecosystem services those forests provide, including their CO2 absorption, which helps cool the planet. The agreement was signed at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Climate Conference.

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News from CITES CoP19: CITES is Best Hope for Dozens of Turtle Species (English and Spanish)

The following statement is by Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President of International Policy who spoke at a special event on the need to increase protection of more than a dozen turtle species by CITES CoP19 (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), which is meeting from Nov 14-25 at Panama City, Panama.

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News From CITES CoP19: Survival of Species on the Line at CITES (English and Spanish)

WCS issued the following statement today from CITES CoP19 being held in Panama City, Panama

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News from CITES CoP19: Panama Calls for Major New Protection of Sharks at CITES CoP19
PANAMA CITY, Panama (November 13, 2022) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), IFAW, Blue Resources Trust and Humane Society International (HSI) applaud the Government of Panama for its leadership in proposing major new protections for sharks at the upcoming 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19), which runs from November 14-25th in Panama City. Panama is leading an effor...
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At UN Climate COP27, WCS Urges Governments to Act For Coral Reefs

At the close of the first week of the UN Climate Conference in Egypt, WCS is sounding a global call to action for governments around the world planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation: put coral reefs front and center.

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