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Worth the Wait
by Nicole Auil Gomez, Janet Gibson
Belize recently enacted the Fisheries Resources Act. This bipartisan, forward-looking fisheries bill protects both marine species and livelihoods. The WCS Belize Program is excited to support what will be a huge undertaking to realize its full implementation.
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Hasty development of Ontario’s Ring of Fire could have devastating impacts
by Justina Ray, Cheryl Chetkiewicz
Roads and the access they create can dramatically reshape an entire region. Understanding these consequences is vital if we want to sustain nature’s services and the Indigenous communities that depend on them..
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Wildlife Trade Regulations Provide a Success Story for Manta Rays
by Hollie Booth
The Government of Indonesia, with support from WCS and the Shark Conservation Fund, is developing a range of management measures for CITES-listed sharks and rays, including catch limits for silky sharks and mako sharks.
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A Critical Treaty for Migratory Birds Must Find Its Way Forward
by Alfred DeGemmis, Jon Slaght, Martin Robards
Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species are reviewing implementation of initiatives and plans for individual flyways, studies on the illegal killing and trade in migratory bird species, and efforts around power lines, light pollution, and more.
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Protecting Jaguars without Borders
by Maria del Carmen Fleytas
Jaguars cross borders with frequency and regularity," notes WCS's Maria del Carmen Fleytas. "We have a unique opportunity to increase the large scale, transboundary conservation collaborations that the species needs to persist."
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What Is the Convention On Migratory Species and Why Is It Important?
by Susan Lieberman
We live in a rapidly changing world where wildlife species threatened by a myriad of cumulative threats. Those threats particularly imperil migratory animals. The Convention on Migratory Species is the only international agreement devoted exclusively to them.
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In Borneo, Building a Nest Box — and a Future for Conservation
by Christina Imrich
For 35 years, the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) has offered seed funding, training, and networking support to hundreds of teams of conservationists all over the world. WCS's Christina Imrich discusses hornbill conservation work nurtured by the program.
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Sharks — Migrating into Troubled Waters
by Luke Warwick
Through bodies such as CMS and via shark conservation projects around the world," writes WCS's Luke Warwick, "we must partner with Governments to reduce shark mortality to sustainable levels as rapidly as we can."
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A New National Park Emerges in Afghanistan
by Mohammad Ibrahim Abrar
In Afghanistan’s Bamyan Plateau, efforts to conserve key wildlife species with local communities have resulted in a growing awareness of the importance of wildlife, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources.
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What You Need to Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus
by Christian Walzer
A Q&A with Dr. Christian Walzer, WCS Chief Global Veterinarian
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Abolish Asia’s ‘Wet Markets,’ Where Pandemics Breed
by Christian Walzer, Aili Kang
Chinese scientists have identified a “wet market”—where live and dead animals, including many wildlife species, are sold for consumption—as the chief suspect for the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus.
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All the World’s a Camera Trap
by Tim O'Brien
"We hope to provide a space for thousands, perhaps millions, of people to learn about and participate in science projects on biodiversity across the globe and in our own backyards," writes WCS's Tim O'Brien in a new commentary for The Revelator.
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Rising to the Twin Challenges of Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss
by Justina Ray
"In Ontario, we are working hard to quantify both the conservation potential of one of the world’s greatest intact areas and the importance of northern peatlands as a carbon storehouse," writes WCS Canada's Justina Ray.
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How Trash Can Change Hibernation
by Kris Inman
"Keep your property, bears and yourself safe by breaking the cycle of rewarding bears with trash," advises WCS's Kris Inman. "Ask L&L Site Services or Republic Services for a bear-resistant trash can."
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Sulawesi’s Mysterious Apex Predator
by Iwan Hunowu, Alfons Patandung
New findings suggest that the Sulawesi civet occupies a wider variety of habitat types than previously thought. In addition to primary forests, researchers obtained records of this species in areas closer to humans and outside protected areas.
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Papua New Guinea Forest Nursery Program Supports Livelihoods and Wildlife
by Thomas Mutton
WCS is working with communities to develop participatory land use plans that ban the planting of non-native trees in intact forest areas and put community-designed limits on unsustainable hunting and deforestation practices.
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