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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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In the news

July 7, 2020

THE TURTLES OF THE WORLD ARE IN TROUBLE

The scientific magazine Current Biology recently published that more than half of the planet’s 360 species of continental turtles and tortoises are in danger of extinction. After 400 thousand years of sharing space with mankind, they live their worst crisis due to illegal traffic that transforms them into pets, the use of their parts for the production of supposedly miracle drugs and the destruction of their habitats, among other threats. Germán Forero-Medina, Science Director of WCS Colombia, is coauthor of this global report and explains that in Latin America it is still possible to rescue them and prevent their disappearance.

July 7, 2020

ONLY 15 PERCENT OF THE MOUNTAIN TAPIR’S HABITAT IN THE COUNTRY IS PROTECTED

Diego Lizcano, one of the Colombians that knows more about tapirs and especially Tapirus pinchaque, talks of the importance of this species that silently regenerates the vegetation of paramos and Andean forests of the country, amid deforestation processes that have it trapped and endangered

July 7, 2020

ABANDONMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS, ANOTHER THREAT FOR WILDLIFE

In Caldas, 16 foxes of the Cerdocyon thous species perished, when they contracted Canine Distemper, an infectious and contagious disease very common among canines, which was transmitted by domestic dogs that had been abandoned by their owners.

July 7, 2020

FOR THE FUTURE OF SHARKS AND RAYS, MEASURES TO AVOID ILLEGAL FISHING IN THE ARCHIPELAGO OF SAN ANDRÉS, PROVIDENCIA AND SANTA CATALINA SHOULD BE MAINTAINED

A study published in the Regional Studies in Marine Science journal indicates that the future of elasmobranchs in this region of the country depends largely on the fact that the authorities continue preventing the capture of these cartilaginous fish, as is done today. Giving a minimum opportunity to the extraction of these important marine animals, could put their sustainability at risk.

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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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