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Summary of WCS Policy and Messaging on COVID-19

To prevent future major viral outbreaks such as the COVID-19 outbreak, impacting human health, well-being, economies, and security on a global scale, WCS recommends stopping all commercial2 trade in wildlife3 for human consumption (particularly of birds and mammals) and closing all such markets.

 

 

 

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June 24, 2021

MORE FAMILIES IN THE DAGUA MUNICIPALITY SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF THE ANDEAN BEAR

In San José del Salado and El Limonar, two localities of this municipality of the Department of Valle del Cauca, owners of farms joined the strategy that allocates areas within the properties for the consolidation of a biological corridor to maintain the biodiversity.

June 24, 2021

IN TOLIMA, THE WATER OF THREE RIVERS IS MONITORED TO PRESERVE LIFE

The project 'Rio Saldaña – Una cuenca de vida' monitors the quality of this vital resource in the Siquila, Amoyá y Cucuana Rivers, to identify the pressures affecting it, take corrective action to strengthen its care and teach communities to preserve it.

June 24, 2021

THE PRESENCE IN COLOMBIA OF A STINGRAY ONLY REPORTED FOR CENTRAL AMERICA IS CONFIRMED

This species (Styracura pacifica) had always been reported in Central America, but a study of the Fundación MarViva, Fundación Squalus and WCS shows that its distribution is wider because it includes the Colombian Pacific and possibly Ecuador.

June 24, 2021

THE EXTRACTION OF ANIMALS FROM THEIR HABITATS. WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING IMPAIRS HEALTH OF ESSENTIAL ECOSYSTEMS

Pest and disease control, seed dispersal, pollination and hundreds of food chains are some of the affected processes when native animals are extracted from their habitats to become pets or to be sold abroad.

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Publications

Author(s): Toro, Y. A., Valenzuela, L., Salcedo-Pato, M., Caro, L M.
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society, Colombia
Full Citation: Toro, Y. A., L. Valenzuela, M. Salcedo-Pato and L. M. Caro (2020). Restauración en páramos: Una experiencia en la Cordillera Central de Colombia. Cali, Colombia: Wildlife Conservation Society, Colombia, 1-99.
Author(s): Saavedra-Rodríguez, Carlos A.; Rojas-Díaz, Vladimir
Description/Abstract: The Calima River Basin is part of the Chocó Biogeográfico Ecoregion in the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Here, we compile a bat species checklist recorded for the Basin and describe the bat diversity patterns found in the mid-Calima Basin (the gradient from 300 – 1,400 m a.s.l.). The checklist comprises 55 bat species for the Basin. In the mid-Calima, 31 bat species occur (permanently or seasonally). Our results show complementary diversity patterns of bat assemblages living below and above 1,000 m. We also identified an overlap zone between 800 – 1,200 m a.s.l. where at least three pairs of sister species coexists. The sampled area is located where the Chocó and the Andes biogeographical regions are connected. The Calima River Basin has high bat richness, high variation in species composition along the elevational gradient, and harbours threatened and endemic species, highlighting its importance for conservation.
Journal/Source: Check List
Author(s): Mariana Sarmiento ; Lucas Buitrago ; Natalia Abello ; Antoine Escalas ; Alexis López ; William Cardona
Description/Abstract: Este documento incluye una propuesta de lineamientos ambientales, legales y financieros para implementar compensaciones ambientales en territorios de pueblos étnicos, además de los aprendizajes de su implementación en un consejo comunitario en el departamento del Chocó.
Publisher: WCS Colombia
Full Citation: Sarmiento M., Buitrago L., Abello N., Escalas A., López A., Cardona W. 2019. Lineamientos para compensaciones en terriorios étnicos
Author(s): Isaac Goldstein, Robert Márquez
Description/Abstract: Este manual es el resultado de la colaboración de Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) como parte de la Mesa Interinstitucional Nacional para el Manejo de Conflictos Oso Andino-Humanos, liderada por el Ministerio de Ambiente de Colombia. El documento recoge la experiencia del programa oso andino de WCS, así como los estudios y productos de otros programas de WCS en Latinoamérica, relacionados con el manejo de los conflictos entre los carnívoros y la gente.
Publisher: WCS Colombia
Full Citation: Manual para reconocimiento depredación oso_
Author(s): WCS Colombia
Description/Abstract: La herramienta de monitoreo busca estimar el balance ambiental para fortalecer la toma de decisiones relacionada con el manejo y el ordenamiento del territorio. El balance ambiental hace referencia a la relación entre los impactos positivos y negativos que generan las actividades humanas sobre la biodiversidad. Para ello, la herramienta de monitoreo se enfoca en tres objetos de conservación: bosques, especies de fauna y especies maderables.
Journal/Source: WCS Colombia
Publisher: WCS Colombia
Full Citation: Herramienta de monitoreo para la toma estructurada de decisiones

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