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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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From Sochi to London, Let’s Win the Gold for Wildlife
by Susan Lieberman
The Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London is an opportunity to reinforce the message that we must disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks driving the insidious illegal trade in wildlife.
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Can Milton Friedman Help Save Wildlife?
by David Wilkie, Ray Victurine, Todd Stevens
A conservation trust fund that offers income share agreements would provide critical loans to start-up companies without saddling the borrower with a massive debt service burden just when they are getting started.
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Senegal and Sri Lanka Stand Up for Overlooked Sharks
by Luke Warwick
The Governments of Senegal and Sri Lanka have announced they will sponsor proposals to protect 16 threatened species of giant guitarfish and wedgefish at next year’s CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP).
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Ensuring a Blue Future for Myanmar’s Coastal Communities
by By Kyaw Thinn Latt
Fisheries co-management has the potential to help thousands of fishers and local people along Myanmar’s 2,800-kilometer coastline thrive, thus ensuring a blue future for Myanmar’s coastal communities.
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The Places in Between
by Martin Robards, Roan McNab
WCS's Martin Robards and Roan McNab explore efforts being undertaken to protect a multitude of bird species facing widespread threats in coastal areas where they stop to recharge during their seasonal migrations.
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Indigenous Peoples Are Vital to Curtailing the Climate Crisis
by Cristián Samper
As we look to reverse the quickening pace of climate change, our ability to keep the global temperatures within safe limits is directly related to the degree we work to empower indigenous peoples.
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Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Climate Change in Canada’s Boreal Forest
by Cheryl Chetkiewicz
At 5.6 million square kilometres, Canada’s boreal region is one of the largest forests in the world and one of the Earth’s most important forest carbon storehouses, making it critical to the effort to address climate change.
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Protect Indigenous Rights and Culture to Confront the Climate Crisis
by Lilian Painter
New momentum is needed to help Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon maintain rights to their territorial areas and their culture as we confront the urgent global climate crisis.
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Securing Intact Forests and Indigenous Livelihoods in DR Congo
by Deo Kujirakwinja, Michael Painter
Indigenous People's active stewardship of the forest has been an important factor in maintaining the integrity of the Kabobo massif and its natural ecosystems. Their way of life depends heavily on the use of natural resources.
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Taking It Slow Can Help Reduce Impacts of Arctic Shipping on Whales
by Matt Pine
Increased Arctic ship traffic could have serious implications for marine mammals and fish that rely on sound for group cohesion, socializing, finding mates, navigating, and detecting threats.
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East of Siberia: Goral on the Cliffs
by Jonathan Slaght
Goral are considered Endangered in Russia, but given their furtive nature it’s hard to say for sure how many there are. Estimates range from 600-1,000 individuals, with most distributed along the coast of Primorye.
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Motacú, a Keystone Palm in the Bolivian Amazon With Culinary Potential
by Julie Kunen, Rob Wallace
In column for New Worlder magazine, Julie Kunen and Dr. Rob Wallace travel through Bolivia on Expedición Sabores Silvestres – exploring indigenous gastronomy and its links to environmental conservation.
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Conservationists Can Work with Interior Sec. Zinke to Protect Wildlife Corridors
by Joel Berger, Jon Beckmann, Julie Kunen
In a commentary for the Salt Lake Tribune, WCS's Joel Berger, Jon Beckmann, and Julie Kunen note that Wyoming's Path of the Pronghorn can serve as a road map to achieve more big game protected corridors.
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Is the EU Doing Enough to Address Wildlife Crime?
by Janice Weatherley-Singh
As two major international conferences approach, writes WCS's Janice Weatherley-Singh, the EU has a window of opportunity to take further action to address wildlife crime within its own borders.
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Smart Technology: Withstanding the Test of Time
by Deseree Arzu
In Belize, the SMART reporting tool helps in collecting Protected Areas enforcement and monitoring data that can steer management and legislative decisions for conservation and environmental sustainability.
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It's Global Tiger Day—How Is the Effort to Save Them Going?
by Ullas Karanth
Writes WCS senior conservationist Ullas Karanth, "Our vision on Global Tiger Day should be of a living planet with 25,000-50,000 wild tigers, not the miserable 5000 that we are urged to “celebrate” with annoying frequency."
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Shark Conservation Success Stories from South East Asia
by Hollie Booth
At the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress, WCS and the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation convened a symposium to showcase nuanced, practical, and ethical interventions to save sharks.
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The Dwindling Sharks and Rays of the Western Indian Ocean
by Rhett Bennett
Notes WCS's Rhett Bennett, "Shark Week reminds us that it is time to improve our knowledge of sharks and rays, and support initiatives to protect these prehistoric species and their habitats, rather than persecute them."
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Saving Whale Sharks and Other Ocean Giants in Bangladesh
by G. M. Masum Billah
This Shark Week, WCS Bangladesh's G.M. Masum Billah reminds us that ocean giants—including dolphins, whales, sharks, rays and marine turtles—are critical for maintaining a healthy balance in our ocean.
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The Last of the Ocean Wilderness
by Kendall Jones, James Watson
WCS's James Watson and colleague Kendall Jones cite data on 19 human stressors—including commercial shipping, sediment runoff, and several types of fishing—to show that Earth’s “marine wilderness” is dwindling.
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Reducing Manta Ray Mortality in the World’s Largest Targeted Manta Fishery
by Hollie Booth
This Shark Week, take a moment to consider the manta ray. This much-loved gentle giant of the shark and ray family is a large, slow-growing and long-lived species, which makes it particularly vulnerable to overfishing.
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