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A Boost for Marine Conservation in Melanesia
by Stacy Jupiter
A new partnership between WCS and the Blue Action Fund will help integrate local cultural considerations into marine conservation programs to ensure a more sustainable future.
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Record Breaking Global Support for Shark and Ray Protections
by Luke Warwick
61 countries have added their name as ‘co-sponsors’ to one or more of the listing proposals. This represents the highest level of co-sponsorship for any proposal in the more than 40-year history of the CITES Convention.
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Molecular Tech Helps Fight Wildlife Crime
by Adeline Seah, Stefan Prost
Portable technologies, including miniature sequencing and DNA detection tools, have been developed that could help WCS assist the government of Indonesia in the fight against wildlife crime.
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Forests Are 30% of the Climate Solution
by Cristián Samper
WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper shares his thoughts on intact forests—and their relationship to climate change and indigenous peoples—in a video commentary for Seeker.
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In Search of the Cat of the Mountains
by María Elena Carbajal
WCS Peru's María Elena Carbajal on how the Cuyocuyo district's spectacular natural and cultural values provide the ideal conditions for the conservation of species like the Andean cat.
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Nature Is My Religion
by David Wilkie
David Wilkie's long Sunday walks in Scotland with his family as a young boy taught him to value nature simply for its remarkable beauty, its complexity, and the interdependence of its pieces.
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The Nature of Conservation Evidence: Imperfect, But Good Enough
by David Wilkie, Michael Painter
While formal evidence-gathering is important to making good conservation decisions, such decisions must also informed by conservationists' expert knowledge, organized by theory and experience.
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The Warming May Be Global, but Adaptation Will Need to Be Local
by Lauren Oakes
There is a strong correlation between knowledge about climate change and the motivation and ability to adapt. Those most connected to nature and knowledgeable about the effects of warming are the most prepared.
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Conservation News to Be Thankful For
by Wildlife Conservation Society
There was a lot to be thankful for this past year, including new protected areas on land and at sea, new wildlife-friendly laws on the books, and new opportunities to spread the importance of conservation.
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Jaguar Conservation on the Continental Scale
by John Polisar
Jaguar range countries have united across Latin America to execute a 2030 Jaguar Conservation Roadmap that will ensure the viability of core population strongholds and corridors between them.
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Saving Wilderness Areas Before It’s Too Late
by Cristián Samper
In a New York Times letter to the editor, WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper applauds Hansjörg Wyss for his $1 billion commitment to preserving the Earth’s remaining wild places.
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We're Facing a World Without Elephants:
by James A. Baker III
Former US Sec. of State James A. Baker III argues, "If we are to protect the world’s remaining elephants, we must support the countries where they live, whose communities are threatened by criminal trafficking networks."
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In Sharm el Sheikh, a Time for Action on Biodiversity
by Susan Lieberman
At the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Egypt, WCS's Sue Lieberman asks: "Will we be able to look back on this meeting as a moment when the governments of the world committed to real conservation action?"
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Saving Sharks Through Science-Based Fisheries Management
by Hollie Booth, Irfan Yulianto
New data from one of Indonesia’s most well-known shark fisheries is helping to identify management measures that are reducing the catch of threatened and internationally regulated species.
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Honduras Leads Central American Response to Climate Change
by Jeremy Radachowsky
During the past 15 years, 25 percent of the Maya Forest and 30 percent of the Moskitia Forest have been deforested. An incredible 90 percent of this deforestation is due to an unusual culprit – the cow.
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At Risk of Extinction
by Justina Ray
In a new op-ed, WCS's Justina Ray observes, "The question facing caribou and the North is 'are we willing to change our approaches and adopt new paradigms or will we just continue with the destructive status quo?'"
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Indonesia Sets Example for Global Shark Conservation
by Noviar Andayani, Hollie Booth
As the global Our Ocean Conference opens in Bali, Indonesia, WCS's Noviar Andayani and Hollie Booth discuss the critical importance of shark and ray conservation in an op-ed for the Jakarta Post.
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Want to Be a Bat Hero This Halloween? Don't Visit the Batcave
by Catherine Haase
It may sound like a thrilling adventure to visit caves full of hibernating bats, but venturing inside of bats' dark homes is actually incredibly dangerous to the bats — especially those suffering from white-nose syndrome.
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In Bali and Beyond: An Urgent Focus on Coral Conservation
by Cristián Samper
Despite, the current coral bleaching crisis, some coral reefs around the world are stronger, more flexible, and more resilient than others to changes and threats in their environment. These reefs need to be protected.
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Bat Week: The Super Powers of Bats
by Sarah Olson, Julie Larsen Maher
Sure, you may know that bats echolocate to control insect populations, but bats have other offbeat super powers. When bats inevitably come up in conversation this Halloween, you can help spread the word.
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Power to the Indigenous Peoples!
by David Wilkie, Michael Painter
At WCS, we have learned through our work on the ground that there are a myriad of ways to help Indigenous Peoples accrue the power necessary to govern their lands and waters.
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Wildlife Trafficking’s New Front: Latin America
by Elizabeth Bennett
As governments, conservationists, and businesses gather in London for the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, we have an opportunity to head off a new wildlife trafficking crisis emerging in Latin America.
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Wildlife Trafficking Takes Center Stage in London
by John Calvelli
WCS's John Calvelli writes that he hopes the EU government will take note of the work being done at the London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, as well as the strong ivory ban going into place in the UK.
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At Home and in London, Nigeria Tackles the Illegal Wildlife Trade
by Andrew Dunn
As the London International Wildlife Trade conference begins, WCS Nigeria Country Director Andrew Dunn anticipates with excitement the possible creation of a Nigeria-Cameroon transboundary corridor.
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