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Promoting Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in Fisheries
by Sangeeta Mangubhai
There is growing interest in ensuring that the approaches we are using in fisheries and conservation incorporate gender equity and social inclusion to realize outcomes are fair, just and sustainable.
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In a Season of Wildfire, Three Strategies That Work
by Katie Jung
Climate change projections tell us that the extremes of wildfire season could soon become the rule, rather than the exception. In response, WCS's Climate Adaptation Fund is supporting organizations helping ecosystems adapt.
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An Opportunity for Bold Conservation Action in B.C.’s North
by John Weaver
Climate action is not just about driving electric cars and installing solar panels. We also need to take bold steps to protect the wild places — and wildlife — we love in the face of growing climate pressures.
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Failure Factors: Understanding When Things Don't Go As Planned
by David Wilkie, Kara Stevens, Richard Margoluis
Our goal is to encourage and value open discussion of things that did not work out as expected even within otherwise successful projects. We want to identify ways to learn faster and avoid the same pitfalls in the future.
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The Carbon Bomb
by Tom Evans, Sean Maxwell
At 2.5 billion acres, the world’s intact forests represent one the greatest treasures nature has given us. If we are to have any hope of stabilizing our ailing climate, action at every level is needed to keep that treasure safe from harm.
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Symbol of Pride
by Emma Stokes
The hope is that the Okapi Wildlife Reserve can one day serve as model for all of DRC’s protected areas—a place where wildlife flourishes and local people can live off their ancestral lands free from exploitation by outside interests.
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NM Helps Shape Bison Conservation
by Cristina Mormorunni, Joseph Talachy, Roger Fragua
The American Bison Society Conference brought together a diversity of bison experts: tribes, agencies, managers, conservationists, and others to share experiences and strategies to advance bison restoration from Canada to Mexico.
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For Wintering Bats: To Sleep or to Migrate?
by Emma Kunkel
In a new blog for Bat Week, WCS's Emma Kunkel observes that "working with bats in the winter allows us to ask fundamental questions about the evolution and trade-offs of migration and hibernation."
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How Coral Reefs Benefit from Healthy Watersheds
by Stacy Jupiter
As part of the Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) project, WCS and its partners are trying to identify how activities on the land may be impacting downstream coral reefs.
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High Tech and Elbow Grease – a Winning Combination for Wildlife
by Jacob Seguin
Since 2016, WCS Canada has been participating in a joint lake sturgeon research project with Moose Cree First Nation: tracking sturgeon health, habitat use, and behaviour in the Moose River basin.
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Intact Forests — Securing a Bounty the World Cannot Afford to Lose
by Tom Evans, Rod Taylor
"Forests and other nature-based activities have been called the ‘forgotten” climate solution," notes WCS's Tom Evans. "They attract less than 3% of international public climate finance despite offering over 30% of cost-effective mitigation achievable by 2030."
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Change Is on Our Doorstep
by Don Reid
In the Yukon, writes WCS Canada's Don Reid, we cannot ignore our responsibility as the fortunate inhabitants of a place supporting numerous species facing extinction risk elsewhere. This may be their last foothold on survival.
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Averting a Jaguar Poaching and Trafficking Crisis
by Adrian Reuter, John Polisar, Rob Wallace
This week’s illegal wildlife trade conference in Peru provides an opportunity for threat information on jaguars to be shared with governments in their natural range, as well as with potential transit and destination countries.
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Finally, Latin America Is Tackling Wildlife Trafficking
by Susan Lieberman
The conference in Lima could be a major step in motivating governments of Latin America to work together to ensure that their species will continue to thrive in the varied habitats of the region.
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Reasons for Conservation Optimism
by Hollie Booth
In early September, over 230 Conservation Optimists gathered at the University of Oxford in England. This was the second summit of its kind, aiming to promote positive stories, share lessons learned, and inspire change.
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Top 5 Priorities for Addressing Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America
by Adrian Reuter, Ana Lambert, Kurt Duchez, Yovana Murillo, Jeremy Radchowsky, Padu Franco
In Latin America, the most biologically diverse region in the world, wildlife trafficking not only threatens to drive hundreds of species to extinction. It could collapse entire ecosystems, imperil local livelihoods, and bring insecurity to rural communities.
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