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Support for Rangers Is Critical to Meet Tiger Recovery Goals and Biodiversity
by Dale Miquelle, Mark Booton and Sugoto Roy
This week marks the inaugural Asian Ranger Forum in Guwahati, India, with the theme “Asia’s Biodiversity Guardians for 30X30.” For the first time, rangers across Asia have gathered to share their knowledge, successes and challenges. WCS's Dale Miquelle and colleagues argue in a new essay for PBS Nature that professional workforce is essential to secure landscapes where tigers can thrive.
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How the Global Push for Protected Areas Can Benefit the Oceans’ Most Endangered Species
by Jonathan Booth, Luke Warwick
Two new MPAs in Papua New Guinea have developed the country’s first-ever rules protecting sawfish and their relatives, the Critically Endangered rhino rays, making them also the first MPAs in the world with specific measures designed to protect the most threatened group of sharks and rays. Learn more from this commentary by WCS's Jonathan Booth and Luke Warwick.
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A New Approach to Preserving Ocean Biodiversity
by Monica Medina
The global community has set a goal of preserving thirty percent of our oceans by 2030. How will we reach that goal? And what’s at stake for ocean biodiversity if that target is missed? WCS president and CEO Monica Medina shares her thoughts with Foreign Policy's "Global Reboot" podcast.
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Indigenous Land Rights Are Key to Conservation in Cambodia
by Emiel de Lange, Sushil Raj, Yun Mane
Indigenous peoples are effective custodians of biodiversity, lands, and seas, while sustaining distinct cultural, social and economic values of their communities," argue WCS's Suhil Raj and Emiel de Lange with their colleague Yun Mane in a new commentary for Mongabay. "Upholding the legal land rights of these communities," they say, "is therefore increasingly at the center of international climate and biodiversity commitments and agreements."
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Turning Point or Tipping Point? The Future of the Amazon Hangs in the Balance
by Dan Zarin, Carlos Rittl
"Brazil and the rest of the world need President Lula’s administration to double down on their current efforts in the Amazon, protect the most vulnerable communities from extreme weather events, and increase their resilience, while also providing the global leadership on the climate agenda that the world has been lacking," say WCS's Dan Zarin and Carlos Rittl in a new op-ed at PBS Nature. But for Brazil to succeed, they say, "it needs the rest of the world. The climate crisis is global. An accelerated shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy must happen now. Subsidizing climate polluters in energy and agribusiness must end now. Brazil can’t do it alone."
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Assessing the Stakes of the UN Climate Conference
by Monica Medina
This month representatives from across the globe are gathering in Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties, or COP, of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Several WCS representatives are attending. They’re focused on issues essential to addressing the climate crisis that range from preserving ecological integrity to the empowerment of Indigenous peoples. WCS President and CEO Monica Medina leads the delegation and spoke with Wild Audio for this report.
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A Conversation about Shark Conservation
by Dana Tricarico
WCS's Dana Tricarico joins Sean Sullivan on The Missing Stone podcast to discuss her work with the WCS Sharks and Rays Program, the process of building new scientific relationships globally, and the difficulties of working to protect a group of species that are considered controversial.
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Forest Elephants Are the ‘Glue’ Holding Congo Rainforests Together, Experts Say
by Fiona Maisels
On this episode of the Mongabay Explores Podcast, WCS's Fiona “Boo” Maisels and Andrew Davies, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University, detail the ecological benefits of this charismatic species, why they are so crucial for forest health, and what could happen if we lose them.
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Emily Darling and Coral Reef Conservation
by Emily Darling
WCS’s Emily Darling, oversees strategy, partnerships, and impact for WCS's global coral reef portfolio across 16 countries. She co-founded MERMAID (Marine Ecological Research Management AID; datamermaid.org). as a way for citizen scientists to collect local coral visuals, which are then sent to the cloud for processing into a Postgres DB utilizing AI tools. This process, previously costing hundreds of millions and taking months, can now be completed within hours. The effort represents an example of how technology such as affordable underwater cameras, easy data sharing, and AI applications can contribute to the planet's sustainability.
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Making America Climate Resilient
by Liz Tully
The WCS Climate Adaptation Fund has funded U.S. non-profits to catalyze innovative, science-driven projects responding to the impacts of climate change on wildlife and people. In this essay, CAF Director Liz Tully discusses the first-ever White House Summit on Building Resilient Communities, at which a new National Framework for Climate Resilience was recently launched.
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After Burn: The New Face of Fire Puts Wildlife on the Hot Seat
by Hilary Cooke, Justina Ray
In a new essay for Canadian Geographic, WCS Canada's Hilary Cooke and Justina Ray discuss wow Canada’s wildlife is struggling to cope with the human-induced forcings of climate change
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Confronting the Illegal Trade of Mexican Spider Monkeys into the United States
by Keith Lovett
For too many species, the rise of social media has created a growing market for the illegal smuggling and possession of wildlife. In the case of the Mexican spider monkey, whose status is Endangered on the Red List of threatened species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the growth of the illegal pet trade into the United States has reached a crisis point. Wild Audio talked to WCS's Keith Lovett to find out what’s driving this trade and how conservationists are responding.
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For Sharks, Fishing Can Be a Friend of Conservation
by Juan Martín Cuevas
For the Tiburones podcast, WCS's Juan Martín Cuevas described how fishermen can be allies in shark conservation and shared abundant information about these incredible creatures.
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A Bold Bipartisan Initiative to Leverage Public-Private Finance for Conservation
by John Calvelli, US Sen. Chris Coons, US Sen. Lindsey Graham
Protected and conserved areas across the globe safeguard critical biodiversity, contribute to local economies, and support U.S. development and foreign policy objectives. But too often they are underfunded. Making its way through the congress now is a bill that would leverage U.S. funding with philanthropic contributions to provide sustainable financing for protected areas. In this episode we hear from WCS’s John Calvelli and two Senate allies to learn more.
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Using Education to Promote Diversity in Conservation
by Edna Roquez, Shannen Rivadeneira
In a new blog for Hispanic Heritage Month at PBS Nature, WCS's Edna Roquez and Shannen Rivadeneira, co-leads for the WILD (Welcoming and Inspiring Latin Diversity) employee resource group (ERG) , describe what drove them to the conservation field, how their Hispanic cultural background has shaped their experience, and how the field of conservation is opening up to new voices and perspectives.
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Finding Winged Travelers and Ourselves in Troubled Waters
by Sarah Olson
World Migratory Bird Day, writes WCS's Sarah Olson, is a reminder that we need both international collaboration and action as we work to increase surveillance of avian influenza virus in animals and track the continuing evolution and impacts of this deadly pathogen.
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