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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.

















In the news

December 7, 2020


The work of Police patrolmen and their dogs, known as canine binomials, is decisive to curb the illegal commerce of species. One of them, for instance, found 3200 turtles that were about to be trafficked from the Leticia airport (Amazon). However, the country has very few of these detection teams, while the crime is progressively more sophisticated.

December 7, 2020


Silvia Restrepo, Vice President for Research and Creation at Universidad de los Andes, talks about the conclusions of the document related with environment and biotechnology that she coordinated.and that formed part of the final text that the International Mission of Wise Men submitted to the Government. It is a roadmap that draws a picture of a Colombian territory that exploits its biological resources adequately.

December 7, 2020


Raúl Buitrago has worked for three decades at El Cocuy National Park, one of the most attractive reserve areas in Colombia. The expeditions throughout this reserve zone fill the stories of this man, who represents the dozens of park rangers who monitor the 59 national protected areas, administrated by National Natural Parks, entity that completes this month 60 years of existence.

December 7, 2020


Two biologists from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, designed and edited the booklet Mamíferos de Bogotá (Mammals of Bogotá) that describes 20 species of vertebrates living in the city. They seek to call attention to the importance of these animals. Among the species presented are the Andean bear, the tiger cat, the paramo tapir, the puma, the white-tailed deer and other smaller ones such as the red-tailed squirrel and the hoary bat. It is a coloring booklet.

What is SMART?

The tool, developed by a consortium in whic WCS participated, has allowed the identification of pressures in national protected areas, enabling effective handling and conservation measures.


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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): Cita: Toro, Y. A., Valenzuela, L., Salcedo-Pato, M., Caro, L M. 2020. Restauración en páramos: una experiencia en la Cordillera Central de Colombia. ISBN: 978-958-5461-72-7
Description/Abstract: Restauración en páramos: una experiencia en la Cordillera Central de Colombia
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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