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At COP28: Wildlife Conservation Society Applauds President Lula’s Proposal for a New Global Funding Mechanism As a Potential Turning Point for Tropical Forest Conservation
Dubai, Dec. 1, 2023 – High integrity tropical rainforests comprise 40 percent of the world’s remaining tropical forests and are the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. These are the least degraded tropical forests and harbor over half of known plant and animal species. They sustain the livelihoods of millions of Indigenous Peoples and other traditional communities. Tropical rainforests form a critical part of nature’s climate infrastructure, by storing and remov...
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Paris Agreement Forest Carbon Transactions Should Follow Tropical Forest Credit Integrity Guidance
Dubai, Dec. 1, 2023 – The following statement was issued by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Conservation International, the Environmental Defense Fund, Fauna & Flora, the National Wildlife Federation, Nature4Climate, the We Mean Business Coalition, and the Wildlife Conservation Society: In the context of increasing reports of forest carbon-related cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, we encourage Parties to apply the Tropical F...
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COP28 Must Be A Turning Point for Our Planet and All People
Dubai, Nov. 30, 2023 – The following statement was issued by Monica Medina, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society: “The world's most vulnerable people and nature’s most fragile places are disproportionately bearing the costs of the climate crisis, a crisis driven by the world's wealthiest and the fossil fuel industry. “COP28 will be judged on whether it leads to: decarbonizing our economies more rapidly and eliminating fossil fuel ...
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WCS Welcomes New Methodology As a Pathway to Scaling REDD+
NEW YORK, November 28, 2023 -- The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society: Second only to reducing fossil fuel consumption, protection of carbon stocks in natural forests and other ecosystems represents the most viable strategy available to mitigate climate change at scale. Protecting carbon-rich ecosystems also provides extensive benefits to biodiversity and the local communities reliant on forest resources. High-integrity climate finance projects remain an...
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New Agreement Provides Long-Term Annual Funding to Protect  Climate-Critical Madagascar Wilderness Area
New York, NY -- Madagascar’s Makira-Masoala wilderness will receive an annual $1 million grant through a new agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF), with support from Arcadia. The agreement provides annual funding of $1 million per year under LLF’s perpetual funding model, which will help preserve the integrity of Madagascar’s climate-critical eastern rainforests and support the area’s ecosystem services. ...
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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Officially Open for the 2023 Holiday Season

New York City’s family-favorite Holiday Lights tradition is officially underway at the Bronx Zoo.

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Papua New Guinea Triples Ocean Protection, Announcing Two New Marine Protected Areas

Papua New Guinea today announced more than 1.5 million hectares (more than 16,000 km2) of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Opening Night Media Event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

NYC’s family-favorite holiday tradition returns to the Bronx Zoo with many new illumated features.

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New York, Nov. 10, 2023 – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) climate specialists and policy experts will hold a virtual news briefing 10AM ET Friday, Nov. 17 on the issues that will be addressed at the United Nations global climate summit, COP28 UAE in Dubai. WCS runs the largest field-based conservation program in the world; protecting more than 50 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. What:  Virtual Pre-COP28 Press Briefing When:  10AM ET to 11AM ET...
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Bronx Zoo Debuts Rarely Seen Endangered Mangshan Pit Viper Hatchling In World of Reptiles Nursery
NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2023 -- Mangshan pit vipers (Protobothrops mangshanensis) are seldom encountered in the wild, but visitors to the Bronx Zoo now have an opportunity to observe a hatchling in the nursery at the World of Reptiles. Among the world’s rarest snake species, the venomous, vividly colored Mangshan pit viper was only discovered in 1990 and is believed to exist in the wild solely within a 115-square-mile (300-square-kilometer) area of densely forested mountains in southeast Chi...
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