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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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April 29, 2020

THE REDISCOVERY OF A HARLEQUIN FROG BELIEVED EXTINCT

Biologists of Universidad del Tolima found a population of the harlequin frog Atelopus subornatus, that had not been seen in 24 years. The discovery is crucial, because the country has lost stable populations of at least 38 species of this genus. As part of its Strategy for the Conservation of Threatened Amphibians, WCS Colombia is supporting investigations to obtain population data and implement actions for its conservation

April 29, 2020

RESEARCHERS INSTALL ACOUSTIC TRANSMITTERS IN SOUTH AMERICAN RIVER TURTLES TO MONITOR THEIR MOVEMENTS IN THE META RIVER

Between Vichada and Arauca, one of the most important regions in the country for the reproduction of this species, WCS Colombia installed transmitters to a group of turtles to investigate their behavior and their movements along the Meta River.  Depending on the results, the application of more precise conservation strategies to help restrain the extinction of the reptile will be possible.

April 29, 2020

DEFORESTATION INCREASED IN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREAS DURING THE POST-CONFLICT

A study published in the Scientific Reports magazine that analyzed the condition of 39 national protected areas, reveals that, in 31 of them, deforestation has grown 177 percent after the peace agreement was signed. The investigation was led by Nicola Clerici, professor at the Universidad del Rosario; Germán Forero, Science Director at WCS Colombia, participated. 

April 29, 2020

WEB SITE GUIDES INTERNAUTS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS

A renewed and updated digital space informs on the scenarios where conflicts between development and conservation of natural resources can be settled, explains how to give an adequate use to biodiversity goods and advises on alternatives to obtain off-sets. It was developed by WCS Colombia with the support of the Santo Domingo Foundation.

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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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Publications

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
Author(s): Robert Márquez, Isaac Goldstein
Description/Abstract: Esta guía 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: Guía para el diagnóstico del paisaje de conflicto oso-gente
Author(s): Lucas Buitrago, Alexis López, Mariana Sarmiento
Description/Abstract: A partir del acercamiento conceptual a los mercados ambientales, se desarrolla un diagnóstico de los mercados de agua y biodiversidad en Colombia, tanto obligatorios como voluntarios. Se propone una discusión sobre los retos para consolidar dichos mercados.
Journal/Source: WCS Colombia
Publisher: WCS Colombia, Fundepúblico, Fondo Acción
Full Citation: Mercados Ambientales Emergentes en Colombia

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