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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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Author(s): Marquez, R.; Goldstein, I.
Description/Abstract: Carnivore-human conflict has been identified as a key factor for the conservation of carnivore populations. The Andean bear-human conflict is not an exception, with and increment in the awareness and effort to manage the conflict in many countries. In 2009, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Ministry of the Environment and the Colombia Park System organized a national workshop “Principles of Andean Bear Humans Conflict Resolution”. A framework for the resolution of conflicts was developed based on the document “Principles of Conflict Resolution between Humans and Bears” developed by the Conflict Expert Team of the Bear Specialist Group. As a result of the workshop, The National Institutional Round Table for the Management of Conflicts was summoned headed by the Ministry of the Environment, with the goal of developing the tools and legal norms to manage the conflict in Colombia. WCS as member of the roundtable took the task to develop several of the tools required to manage the conflict. WCS developed the “Manual for the Identification of Predation of Domestic Animals by Carnivores”, and the “Guide for the Diagnostic of the Conflict Landscape." The manual focus on the identification of the cause of death and the identification of the predator species. The guide focus on the characterization of the conflict landscape in relation to the risk of conflict of the human activities of the site. Both the manual and the guide were tested by local environmental authorities at 2 different localities with Andean bear- human conflicts reports. The tools and the results of the pilot studies will be presented.
Publisher: ARCTUROS, Civil Society for the Protection and Management of Wildlife and Natural Environment
Full Citation: Marquez, R. and I. Goldstein (2014). Conceptual framework and tools for the management of Andean bear-human conflicts. 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management. Karamanlidis, A. A. [ed.], 5-11 October, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Author(s): Julián Avila, Lucas Buitrago
Description/Abstract: Esta publicación explora los efectos de la implementación de diferentes prácticas agropecuarias convencionales ​y sostenibles en la biodiversidad y servicios ecosistémicos. Para lograrlo, recopila la información de publicaciones científicas y estudios con evidencias robustas, relevantes como referentes para Colombia y sus ecosistemas. Estos resultados comparan la situación de algunos componentes de la biodiversidad y servicios ecosistémicos en sistema agropecuario sostenible, en uno convencional y en un área natural de referencia. ISBN: 978-958-5461-94-9
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society
Full Citation: Ávila y Buitrago (2020) Sistemas agropecuarios sostenibles, biodiversidad y servicios ecosistémicos: Referentes para Colombia. Wildlife Conservation Society. Bogotá.
Author(s): Lucas Buitrago, Diana Ardila, Julián Avila
Description/Abstract: ISBN: 978-958-5461-91-8 Una de las condiciones fundamentales para la implementación de una buena compensación ambiental, es que las acciones desarrolladas generen resultados adicionales; esto, es que no habrían ocurrido si la compensación no se implementa. Esta investigación busca ilustrar casos concretos de análisis de adicionalidad en áreas protegidas públicas.
Publisher: Wildlife Conservation Society
Full Citation: Buitrago, Ardila y Ávila (2020) Adicionalidad de compensaciones bióticas en áreas protegidas públicas. Wildlife Conservation Society. Bogotá.
Author(s): Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible
Author(s): Catalina Gutiérrez-Chacón, Carlos Valderrama-A, Alexandra-Maria Klein
Full Citation: Catalina Gutiérrez-Chacón, Carlos Valderrama A, Alendrandra-Maria Klein

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