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NEWS FROM CoP26: Protecting Our Planet Challenge's Commitment to Support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to Secure a Sustainable Future for Nature, Climate, and People

The following statement was released by the nine founding partners of the Protecting Our Planet Challenge:

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Community-Run African Reserve that Stores Almost a Billion Tons of Carbon Quietly Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

As the world’s climate leaders gather in Glasgow for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP26), a little-known Community Reserve in the Republic of Congo – that helps store some 30 billion tons of carbon – quietly celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

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First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance

The first-ever Africa-wide assessment of great apes – gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees – finds that human factors, including roads, population density and GDP, determine abundance more than ecological factors such as forest cover.

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Gorilla Coffee Alliance to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Gorilla Coffee Alliance was launched today by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Nespresso; Olam Food Ingredients (OFI); international nonprofits, TechnoServe and the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Congolese social enterprise, Asili.

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The 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (ukcop 26) is taking place in Glasgow from Oct. 31st through November 12, 2021.

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Statement on the Role of High Forest Low Deforestation (HFLD) Credits in the LEAF Coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance)

A statement by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN).

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WCS Statement on China’s New White Paper: “Biodiversity Conservation in China”

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes China’s white paper, Biodiversity Conservation in China and the increasing commitment of China to biodiversity conservation, both at home in China and across the globe.

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WCS and FFI Launch Local Conservation Funds to Build Resilience of Partners Worldwide

In recognition of the vital role of local organizations in assuring long-term conservation, WCS and FFI are announcing new commitments to help local partners build critical capacities to adapt to new realities.

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WCS Welcomes the Launch of the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’

The following statement was released today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper upon the announcement of the new groundbreaking “Protecting Our Planet Challenge” and its $5 billion commitment toward protecting and conserving 30 percent of the planet by 2030

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Private Funders of the New ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’ Announce $5 Billion Commitment to Protect and Conserve 30% of Planet by 2030

Nine organizations have joined together to pledge $5 billion over the next 10 years to support the creation, expansion, management and monitoring of protected and conserved areas of land, inland water and sea, working with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, civil society and governments. This marks the largest private funding commitment ever to biodiversity conservation.

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