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First High-Level Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Americas to be Held This Week in Peru
On October 3-4, a High Level International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Americas will take place in Lima, Peru.
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WCS’s Seventh Annual Sip for the Sea Benefit at the Central Park Zoo

Sustainable seafood and perfect wine pairings were featured at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s seventh annual Sip for the Sea – a benefit that showcases and celebrates WCS’s marine conservation and education work at the New York Aquarium and around the globe.


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Olam Shares Tech with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Landscape Partnership to Tackle Deforestation
Over 20,000 smallholder coffee farmers in southern Sumatra will benefit from a unique collaboration whereby global food and agri-business Olam International will grant use of its platform, the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS), to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to tackle forest encroachment in the Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBSNP) landscape in southern Sumatra.
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Forests for Life: New Global Partnership Targets Planet’s Great Forests for Urgent Protection

As the planet continues to warm and wildlife species vanish at an unprecedented rate, five leading environmental organizations have come together to target the world’s greatest undervalued and unprotected solution to the climate and extinction crises— forests. The organizations—Global Wildlife Conservation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, United Nations Development Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Resources Institute—will announce the new Forests for Life Partnership during an event celebrating the role of Nature-based Solutions at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York tonight, Sept. 25.


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WCS Issues Comments on Today’s Release of the IPCC Ocean & Cryosphere Special Report
The following comments were released by: Jason Patlis, Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program; and Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium: 
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WCS Congratulates Stacy Jupiter for Being Named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, A Recipient of a Genius Grant
The following congratulatory statement was released by Dr. John Robinson, WCS’s Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science:
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Intact Forests Are Key to Stemming and Stopping Global Climate Crisis
The following statement was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society as the United Nations focused on the importance of nature-based solutions to the world’s climate crisis.The Nature-Based Solutions Coalition of the UN Climate Action Summit hosted a high-level event today to highlight the critical role of nature for climate action and the pathways to unlocking nature’s full potential for mitigation and adaptation to deliver the Paris Agreement and carbon neutrality by 2050. ...
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Critical New Initiative to Protect Mesoamerica’s Five Great Forests Launches During UN Climate Summit
Local and international NGOs—including Global Wildlife Conservation and Wildlife Conservation Society—joined forces with four Central American Countries and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), indigenous peoples and local communities today to launch the 5 Great Forests Initiative, a critical collaboration to protect Mesoamerica’s five largest forests. Mesoamerica’s five great forests—the Maya Forest in Mexico, Guatemala, and Beliz...
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New York Aquarium and Queens Zoo Both Receive “Top Honors” at AZA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced that WCS’s New York Aquarium and Queens Zoo have been recognized with Top Honors in two separate categories during AZA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. AZA’s 2019 Exhibit Award went to the New York Aquarium for the Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit. With this award, AZA recognizes excellence by an AZA-accredited facility (US or international) or certified related facility member in th...
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Want to Cut Extinction Risk in Half? Protect Underappreciated (and Largely Unprotected) Wilderness Areas, Nature Study Says
Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world’s extinction risk in half, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
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