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  1. I've just finished reading an article about worldwide conservation. it's a very long piece, but I persevered and ploughing through helped me link all the otherwise befuddling arguments provided about conservation. It is an objective look at how two approaches to conservation have helped, or not helped, wildlife and nature conservation. here's the link: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/big-conservation-gone-astray/?n3wsletter extracting a quote from the article: By Mongabay reporter Jeremy Hance "Borneo, one of the most biodiverse landscapes on the planet, is in ecological crisis. The Bornean rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni) — a subspecies of the Sumatran — is on the knife’s edge of extinction; less than 2,000 Bornean pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) survive; and the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), distinct from the great ape in Sumatra, is being killed by people at a rate as high 4,000 a year. For the possibly hundreds of thousands of other species living on the island much less is known, but their homes — their forests — are falling at one of the highest rates in the world."
  2. Here are the last quarterly reports of WCS Nigeria. WCS Took over management of Yankari. Reports available from Okwangwo section of Cross River National Park, Yankari, and Mbe. http://www.wcsnigeria.org
  3. http://wcsindia.org/home/2016/04/16/statement-concern-tiger-biologists/ Senior Panthera and WCS scientists are strongly questioning recent reports on tiger population recovery issued by WWF and tiger range countries. This inter-NGOs criticism was already seen in the past but I detect here at least two new elements compared to the past: 1) The statement (and others like this one) was published on the official internet sites and Facebook pages of both the NGOs and are supposed to be backed by their respective organizations - so they are not exactly wild claims by "lone-wolf" scientists, to which we were already used to. 2) They are questioning not just the census, but the aim of the entire project (the doubling of the global tiger population in about 10 years) labelling it and its implementation as "scientifically flawed". It is a very strong stance against WWF and a certain way of doing nature conservation. I think that usually conservation NGOs are unlikely to criticize each other because the public opinion seems perceive them as branches of the same tree and thus this criticism can detrimental for them all. The fact they decided to take a stance clearly indicate how far their positions are and I think that this could be a great occasion for the conservation movement to grow up and evolve. "On Sunday, April 10th, WWF and GTF, ssued a report stating that the world’s wild tiger population was on the rise, and on track for a doubling in a decade. We do not find this report and its implications scientifically convincing." "Using flawed survey methodologies can lead to incorrect conclusions, an illusion of success, and slackening of conservation efforts, when in reality grave concern is called for." "Glossing over serious methodological flaws, or weak and incomplete data to generate feel-good ‘news’ is a disservice to conservation" "tiger recovery rates are slow and not likely to attain levels necessary for the doubling of wild tiger numbers within a decade" "Estimates of tiger numbers for large landscapes and countries currently in vogue in the global media for a number of countries are largely derived from weak methodologies"
  4. This is the 2015 Mbeli Baï Study annual report: http://media.wix.com/ugd/f7203c_4a9e4f1113c446658774fef929161018.pdf WCS is leading a long term study on gorillas and other wildlife (elephants, buffaloes, sitatungas) in the Noudale Ndoki National Park, Congo. http://www.mbelibaistudy.org
  5. I let you one article focusing on the conservation efforts to protect the habitat of the pileated gibbon in the Northern Plains of Cambodia. WCS is working in the area for a decade but new threats arose few years ago with development of industrial agriculture in this corner of Cambodia. Logging or sugar Concesions have even been granted within legally recognized protected areas. I see little hope in this article, apart from the designation of a newly protected area formerly logged. Cambodia suffers from the empty forest syndrome, intact forests are still present but wildlife is almost absent, a shame compared to the past as wildlife densities were really high about 50 years ago. http://news.mongabay.com/2016/02/communities-and-cutting-edge-tech-keep-cambodias-gibbons-singing/
  6. Another announcements are coming on this second and last day of the 2015 Our Ocean Conference. Chile announced the WCS and Waitt foundations will support the Chilean government in the planification and creation of a 100.000 km2 protected areas network in Southern Patagonia. http://newsroom.wcs.org/NewsReleases/tabid/13614/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/8262/Chile-to-Create-Patagonia-Marine-Protected-Area-Network.aspx http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/wcs-ctc100615.php Obama announced that the USA will protect the tidal waters of the Maryland state and the sweet waters of Lake Michigan. http://www.nuestrooceano2015.gob.cl/2015/10/05/president-obama-to-the-2015-our-ocean-conference/ http://www.mpatlas.org
  7. I was sure I had posted something about it but I was wrong... The WCS is currently leading an expedition inside the Madidi National Park, covering ecosystems from the cold altiplano and paramos habitats at 5000 meters high, to the amazonian forests. Here is the website of the expedition, which posts daily pictures of the new findings... There are a lot of new findings, really impressive! http://identidadmadidi.org/en-us/home.aspx Madidi is facing huge threats nowadays which I will quote from http://expedition-madidi.org/about-madidi/ Here is another article http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/author/sfairchild/
  8. This video is, in my view, absolutely a must watch. Work done by the @@Colleen Begg and the team at Niassa Lion Project is so amazing and inspiring. Incidentally, Dr. Begg's thoughts about the value of protecting wilderness, and the equal dignity of different species mirrors my own, totally uneducated, convictions.
  9. 96 elephants are killed everyday across Africa, join the herd and support WCS’s campaign to protect elephants. 96 Elephants

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