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New Marine Protected Areas in Guatemala:  Government Pledges the Expansion and Declaration of Coastal-Marine Protected Areas at UN’s Ocean Conference (English and Spanish)

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala (MARN) and the Executive Secretary of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) have announced the expansion of new MPAs in Guatemala during the United Nation’s Ocean Conference (UNOC) event “Location, location, location: scaling-up the impact of 30x30”

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WCS Welcomes $1B Protecting Our Planet Challenge Commitment to Protect the World’s Oceans

“This remarkable commitment is a major step toward sustainably managed seas which is so critical to nature, people and climate.” Simon Cripps, Executive Director of the WCS Marine Program

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PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS COMMIT $1B USD TO HELP PROTECT 30 PERCENT OF THE OCEAN BY 2030

The Protecting Our Planet Challenge will invest at least $1 billion USD to support the creation, expansion and management of marine protected areas and Indigenous and locally governed marine and coastal areas by 2030.

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Herencia Colombia Will Help Ensure Protection of Colombia’s Natural and Cultural Heritage for Generations to Come

Colombia President Iván Duque signed today at the Casa de Nariño a $245 million USD agreement to help Colombia increase protection of its magnificent natural wealth and move closer to protecting 30 percent of the country’s land and sea by 2030.

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Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research published in the June 3, 2022 journal Science reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area – some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

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WCS Releases First-Known Drone Footage of Wild, Critically Endangered Orinoco Crocodile (English and Spanish)

Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia program has released the first-known drone footage of wild Orinoco crocodiles (Crocodylus intermedius) -- a Critically Endangered reptile found in northern areas of South America.

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Largest Known Population of Africa’s Rarest Falcon Discovered in Mozambique Protected Area

A team of conservationists have discovered what may be the world’s largest population of Africa’s rarest falcon living in Mozambique’s Niassa Special Reserve – a protected area not listed in the bird-of-prey’s range.

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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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The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today at the conclusion of three meetings convened under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD

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Rare Monkey Adapts to Fragmented Habitat by Dieting and Reducing Activity

A team of scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Oxford Brookes University found that a rare species of monkey in Bolivia has adapted to living in a fragmented forest by dieting and moving less during lean times.

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