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Bird banding: a technique to understand the ecology of birds, identify their migratory routes and improve conservation strategies.

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Bird banding: a technique to understand the ecology of birds, identify their migratory routes and improve conservation strategies.
(February 16, 2024)   -   The “Joint NABC Bird Banding Certification and Bird Genoscape Project Workshop with an introduction to Motus” was held with the participation of more than 25 bird specialists from Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and the United States of America. Spanish, English and Creole were heard, but everyone comes together for a common cause: understanding the ecology of birds through their complete annual biological cycle and identifying migratory routes, in order to improve c...

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
(February 11, 2024)   -   On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we highlight the work of Anna, Francis, Sofía, and Yamira from the Mesoamerica and Caribbean program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Their sensitivity and passion exemplify a commitment to nature, communities, and wildlife. At WCS, we take pride in having a strong team of women in the field of science. Get to know them!

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Tribute to Archie “Chuck” Carr III

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Tribute to Archie “Chuck” Carr III
(February 05, 2024)   -   Chuck Carr, or “Don Chuck” as he was known throughout Mesoamerica, passed away January 21, 2024, and WCS lost one of the founding members of its conservation programs. He was such a special person who took his work seriously, and who dedicated his entire life to making this planet a better place for wildlife and humanity.

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Case studies: The 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica

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Case studies: The 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica
(December 28, 2023)   -   The 5 Great Forests of Mesoamerica serve as the world's green lungs, playing a critical role in carbon capture and climate stability. This initiative showcases that collaborative and sustainable investment can serve as catalysts for conserving natural resources and stimulating economic growth. These experiences and stakeholders provide us with valuable lessons, serving as role models in our pursuit of a sustainable and equitable future for our planet.

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Trained communities, protected forests. La Moskitia, the most endangered forest in the region.

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Trained communities, protected forests. La Moskitia, the most endangered forest in the region.
(December 27, 2023)   -   La Moskitia, also known as "The Central American Amazon," stands as the binational forest that has suffered the most substantial loss of forest cover in Mesoamerica. According to the “Human Footprint Analysis" conducted by WCS, La Moskitia has witnessed an alarming decrease of approximately 30% in forest cover over the past 15 years, primarily due to illegal land encroachment and extensive cattle ranching.

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The Diammayala Initiative: An alliance between territories and diverse cultures to defend water and forests

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The Diammayala Initiative: An alliance between territories and diverse cultures to defend water and forests
(December 26, 2023)   -   To the northeast of Panama City, there is a conservation community known as the Mamoni Valley Reserve, which spans 4,820 hectares and borders the Gunayala and Emberara Ẽjuä So Indigenous territories, as well as the protected areas of Narganá and the Chagres National Park.

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Conservation adapted to context: The case of La Amistad and its buffer zone

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Conservation adapted to context: The case of La Amistad and its buffer zone
(December 25, 2023)   -   “By our very nature, and especially among Indigenous Peoples, we have an inherent drive to protect Mother Earth.” Lourdes Frasser Rojas, a member of the Brunka community and the Ecocultural Association of Indigenous Art and Tourism So Cagrú de Boruca, shares this message from her workshop located in the province of Punta Arenas, which is considered part of the buffer zone of the La Amistad International Park.

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Cacao for the protection of territory and youth in Nicaragua

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Cacao for the protection of territory and youth in Nicaragua
(December 23, 2023)   -   "Our land is our heritage, and just as our ancestors have always preserved the land, we, the youth, must follow in their footsteps to ensure our future." This is the message shared by the young Alonso Joseph, the Secretary of the Regional Government of Indigenous Territories in Alto Wangky and Bocay, located in the Nicaraguan Moskitia.

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Leonardo DiCaprio highlights the Moskitia and the Selva Maya as forests of global importance.

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Leonardo DiCaprio highlights the Moskitia and the Selva Maya as forests of global importance.
(December 18, 2023)   -   Actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio shared a message on his social networks about the Moskitia and the Selva Maya.

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Honduras launches new initiative to rescue the Moskitia Forest at COP28

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Honduras launches new initiative to rescue the Moskitia Forest at COP28
(December 07, 2023)   -   The Honduran government has unveiled a transformative initiative this week at COP28 in Dubai to rescue and conserve the country’s largest forest, the Moskitia, which is one of Mesoamerica’s Five Great Forests and Central America’s second largest rainforest. The new initiative aims, in part, to put an end to deforestation and illegal cattle ranching in the Moskitia forest.

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