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In Ituri Province in DRC, a Sustainable Cocoa Coalition is Shaping up to Protect Okapi Wildlife Reserve (English and French)

An expanded group of signatories, including key local cocoa exporters, on 2 November joined an innovative landscape-focused collaboration to stimulate the local economy by supporting the production of sustainable cocoa around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR), in Ituri Province.

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WCS Helps Congo Key in on Critical Wild Areas for Conservation (English and French)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is building on its long-standing collaboration with the Republic of the Congo's government to work together to identify key biodiversity areas (KBAs) in a country incredibly rich in biodiversity.

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The Republic of the Congo Announces the Creation of the Country's First Marine Protected Areas

The Congo Government, with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, officially announces the creation of the country’s first three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), protecting marine resources and coastal habitats across more than 4,000 square kilometers (1,544 square miles) and representing 12.01 percent of Congo’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

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WCS Announces Appointment of Dr. Emma Stokes as Vice President of Field Conservation

Dr. Emma Stokes has been appointed Vice President of Field Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society, overseeing the organization’s conservation portfolio in nearly 60 countries and across the world’s oceans.

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On World Chocolate Day, a New Partnership Protects Biodiversity and Supports Cocoa Farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English and French)

Today a consortium of farmers, conservation organizations, companies, government bodies, and universities and research institutes announced an innovative landscape-focused collaboration to secure the future of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to stimulate the local economy by supporting the production of sustainable cocoa.

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New Management Agreement Signed for Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC
The following is a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society: “Allegations of atrocities and human rights violations committed against the Batwa Indigenous peoples in and around Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) have deeply troubled and concerned us. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has called for and fully supports ongoing independent and credible investigations into these allegations, which we consider as an utmost priority to uphold accountability for the sake of t...
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Special Issue of African Journal of Ecology Dedicated to Wild Meat Trade That is Rapidly Emptying Africa’s Forests of Wildlife

A special issue of the African Journal of Ecology is dedicated to the wild meat trade that is rapidly emptying Africa’s forests of its wildlife.

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Gabon Provides Blueprint for Protecting Oceans, Protecting 26 Percent of its EEZ in a Network of 20 Marine Protected Areas

Gabon's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) provides a blueprint that could be used in many other countries, experts say.

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New Survey Confirms that Gabon is the Largest Stronghold for Critically Endangered African Forest Elephants

The most comprehensive survey conducted of elephant numbers in the Central African nation of Gabon since the late 1980s has found elephants occurring in higher numbers than previously thought.

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Study Documents Nigeria’s Staggering Role in Trafficking of Pangolins

A new study in the journal Biological Conservation has documented Nigeria’s staggering role in trafficking of wild pangolins, the anteater-like mammal whose scales are used in traditional Chinese medicines; all international commercial trade in pangolins and their parts is illegal.

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