Op-Eds and Blogs

Celebrating the Enactment of a New Fisheries Bill in Belize
by Deseree Arzu
The conservation community in Belize recently celebrated ratification of the Fisheries Resources Act. The new legislation incorporates mechanisms to counter overfishing via inclusive management by all stakeholders established through an Advisory Body
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The Tiger's Comeback
by Luke Hunter
The tigers in Thailand's Huai Kha Khaeng reserve show us what the species is capable of when we take the pressure off. If we can continue to do that, in as many tiger source sites as possible, we will save Asia’s great cat.
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In Africa, wildlife raises the risk of deadly diseases. It doesn't have to.
by Robert Mwinyihali, Jean Paul Kibambe, Richard Malonga, and Gaspard Abitsi
Ebola and Covid-19 have taught us that we cannot continue with "business as usual." We must change our eating habits and scale down the trade in bushmeat as much as we can. To do that, we need support from the global community.
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From Animals to Humans
by Christian Walzer, Joe Walston
A greater understanding of the zoonotic-disease risk from wildlife is critical to mitigating future risks of a global disease outbreak. The most cost-effective action governments can take is to ban the commercial trade of wild birds and mammals for consumption.
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Elephants, Ivory and COVID-19
by Tim Davenport
To a list that includes trade enforcement, habitat loss, hunting, and conflict with humans must now be added global pandemic among the conservation challenges to the protection of elephants and other species in Africa.
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Colombian Nature: Inspiring Action During Coronavirus Times
by Catalina Gutiérrez
Writing from Colombia during the COVID crisis, WCS's Catalina Gutiérrez notes that "while there remains a general feeling of uncertainty, our commitment towards nature conservation and its sustainable use in Colombia continues to be strong."
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COVID-19: A Catastrophe or Opportunity for Pangolin Conservation?
by Charles Emogor
Whether or not scientists identify the origin of COVID-19, we can build on the abundance of available evidence showing that wildlife markets continue to pose danger to human health and wellbeing.
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Wildlife Conservation Society’s stance on meat clarified
by Susan Lieberman
Zoonotic spillover is much more likely to occur in urban markets that sell live or fresh wildlife sourced hundreds or thousands of miles away from where indigenous peoples and local communities need to feed their families.
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The Buffalo Way: A Path to American Unity, Resilience, and Health
by Cristina Mormorunni
In a new commentary for Medium, WCS's Cristina Mormorunni argues that our commitment to the ecological and cultural restoration of bison embodies a new and much needed conservation model.
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Effective conservation can help stop the next public health crisis
by Aili Kang
In a new op-ed for Devex, WCS’s Aili Kang argues that while a vaccine might help prevent a further #COVID19 outbreak, only effective conservation can prevent the next unknown zoonotic epidemic.
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Build Trust First, Take Action Later
by Morgane Cournarie
In a new blog, WCS Madagascar's Morgane Cournarie says it's clearer than ever that effective conservation needs a multi-sectoral approach that respects people’s rights and livelihoods, and seeks common solutions to shared problems.
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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest
by Hilary Cooke, Diana Stralberg, Fiona Schmiegelow
A major research project from the University of Alberta co-authored by WCS Canada's Hilary Cooke outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate.
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New EU Biodiversity Strategy Can Reduce Risk of Future Pandemics
by Arnaud Goessens
In a new op-ed for The Revelator, WCS EU's Arnaud Goessens notes that while the new EU biodiversity strategy represents hope for people and wildlife, and can be a model for governments, it still lacks critical funding to carry out its goals.
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The perfect firestorm: COVID-19 in Mesoamerica’s indigenous territories
by Jeremy Radachowsky
In a new commentary for Mongabay, WCS's Jeremy Radachowsky argues that Honduras's Bakinasta territory, already under severe threat due to invasions by land grabbers, is being devastated economically by COVID-19.
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Record Hauls of Illegal Shark Fins — But Can They Help Save Species on the Brink?
by Luke Warwick
Though fully one quarter of the shark fin trade is now regulated under the world’s premier wildlife conservation convention, the importance of maintaining enforcement pressure remains high.
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Coral Reef Wilderness, Not Just a Luxury
by Tim McClanahan
Local nearshore closures are a key part of actions needed for fisheries sustainability and must be integrated into the most heavily fished seascapes to deliver the food security critical to the poorest nations, argues WCS's Tim McClanahan in a commentary for World Oceans Day.
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