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Mesoamerica


Connecting the Spots: First Comprehensive Review of National Jaguar Protection Laws (English, Spanish, and Portuguese)

Conservationists have conducted the first comprehensive review of national laws across the range of the jaguar (Panthera onca) to show opportunities for strengthening legal protections of the largest cat species found in the Americas.

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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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Progress and achievements of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade (English and Spanish)

Colombia was the host country of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on April 5 and 6 in Cartagena de Indias.

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Cuba Names East Los Colorados Archipelago a New Protected Area (English and Spanish)

Cuba has just declared Este del Archipiélago de Los Colorados (“East of Los Colorados Archipelago”), a new marine protected area. This new MPA covers about half of one of the four major archipelagos surrounding the country, and hosts exceptional marine life including Antillean manatees, American crocodiles, and critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.

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“Talkative” Jaguar Lounges in Front of Hidden Camera (English and Spanish News Releases)

Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Guatemala Program released video footage of a wild jaguar (Panthera onca) who clearly has a gift for the gab.

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A Mural in a Guatemala Village Raises Awareness about Global Shorebird Migrations

In an amalgamation of art, conservation, and science, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners from a small community on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast recently unveiled an innovative tool to raise awareness about migratory shorebirds: a 90-foot-long, nine-foot-tall mural.

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New Marine Protected Area in Nicaragua:  Corn Island Archipelago Declared “Protected Marine Landscape” (English and Spanish)

The National Assembly of Nicaragua has recently passed legislation declaring Corn Islands a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the category “Seascape and Landscape Protected Area.”

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Responsibly Managed Forest Concessions Can Protect Jaguars and Other Mammals (English and Spanish)

WCS Guatemala, in partnership with Wildlife Messengers, produced a video on a study showing how reduced-impact logging, which includes minimizing roads, avoiding sensitive areas and strictly regulating hunting, can have minimal impact on jaguars and other wildlife.

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European Union, WCS and CCAD to Support Conserving the Five Great Forests of Mesoamerica (English and Spanish)

The European Union will support WCS’s Five Great Forests initiative, a successful collaboration to protect Mesoamerica’s five largest forests—the last remaining intact forests from Mexico to Colombia critical to the region’s people, culture, biodiversity, economic health, and resilience to climate change.

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CLIMATE CONFLICT: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.
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