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WCS Statement on World Effort to End Biodiversity Crisis
WCS joins leading conservation organizations in expressing great concern that the UN Convention on Biological Diversity discussions in Nairobi showed insufficient leadership and little progress to avert the world’s biodiversity crisis. In a joint statement, the organizations said: “Progress during this last round of negotiations before COP15 has been painfully slow, across the whole framework. There is still a massive gap between what we need in order to transition from a nature n...
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Herencia Colombia Will Help Ensure Protection of Colombia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage for Generations to Come

Colombia President Iván Duque signed today at the Casa de Nariño a $245 million USD agreement to help Colombia increase protection of its magnificent natural wealth and move closer to protecting 30 percent of the country’s land and sea by 2030.

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Countries Announce Push to Fully Regulate Global Shark Fin Trade

In response to the alarming decline of global shark populations, a group of countries from around the world have today announced a groundbreaking effort to control the unsustainable global trade in shark fins, which threatens to push these ecologically important predators to extinction.

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WCS Launches WCS Wild Audio, a Podcast Featuring Conservation Stories from Around the World

The Wildlife Conservation Society today launched WCS Wild Audio, a new podcast featuring stories about wildlife; threats to nature and their solutions; and personal stories on what it is like to be on the front lines of saving wildlife and wild places.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds China, Canada and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity for scheduling the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Montreal, December 5-17.  Said Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President of International Policy: “WCS will bring its global conservation, science and policy experience to this meeting to help ensure that a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework will pro...
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SLIDESHOW: Bronx Zoo Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Iconic 'World of Birds' Exhibit
Bronx, NY - June 16, 2022 - This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo's World of Birds. This iconic building—designed for both form and function—has connected millions of people to birds, nature, and conservation. As an organization, WCS has been a leader in bird conservation for more than 100 years. Today, dedicated professionals in our zoos, aquarium, and nearly 60 countries around the world are committed to ensuring that legacy continues long into...
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News Update: Court Sides with Bronx Zoo in Elephant Case
Albany, NY - June 14, 2022 – The New York Court of Appeals has ruled in WCS’s favor and dismissed the Nonhuman Rights Project’s petition to grant a writ of habeas corpus to Happy, an Asian elephant at the Bronx Zoo, who has been the subject of this lawsuit since 2018. This marks the fourth court to rule against NRP in this case. In a 17-page majority decision released today, the Court of Appeals—the state’s highest court—agreed with WCS’s legal argume...
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Statement on the Credibility of HFLD Credits in Global Carbon Markets

A new crediting approach for High Forest, Low Deforestation (HFLD) jurisdictions is a credible way of incentivizing the avoidance of deforestation in areas anchored by the large areas of intact forest, argue members of the Forests for Life Partnership in response to concerns raised about whether such units are appropriate for use in the CORSIA aviation offsetting mechanism.

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WCS/New York Aquarium Fighting to Designate Hudson Canyon A National Marine Sanctuary
PRESS PHOTOS/VIDEO: Credit: ©WCS or ©NOAA as labeled HUDSON CANYON VIDEO: Credit: ©WCS NEW YORK – June 8, 2022 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) commends the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for starting the designation process of Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary. As the largest submarine canyon by far along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Hudson Canyon is a fragile, comple...
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WCS Annual Gala Celebrates Conservation for a Sustainable Future

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted its annual gala tonight, honoring Jeff Bezos, founder of the Bezos Earth Fund, for his commitment to conserving nature and fighting climate change.

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