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

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IN TOLIMA, THE WATER OF THREE RIVERS IS MONITORED TO PRESERVE LIFE
(June 24, 2021)   -   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.

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

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THE PRESENCE IN COLOMBIA OF A STINGRAY ONLY REPORTED FOR CENTRAL AMERICA IS CONFIRMED
(June 24, 2021)   -   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.

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

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THE EXTRACTION OF ANIMALS FROM THEIR HABITATS. WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING IMPAIRS HEALTH OF ESSENTIAL ECOSYSTEMS
(June 24, 2021)   -   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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COLOMBIA WILL CONDUCT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE ANDEAN CONDOR

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COLOMBIA WILL CONDUCT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE ANDEAN CONDOR
(February 03, 2021) The objective is to identify the greatest possible number of specimens through observers distributed in different regions of the country and to calculate an approximate number of surviving individuals in the territory. This information will be crucial in the determination of conservation actions for this symbolic species in critical danger of extinction. The Andean condor is inherent to Colombia. It is not only a symbol on its national coat of arms; it is also imbedded in the culture of some of ...

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MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD’S FORESTS HAVE THEIR INTEGRITY AFFECTED

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MORE THAN HALF OF THE WORLD’S FORESTS HAVE THEIR INTEGRITY AFFECTED
(February 03, 2021) 60% of the planet’s forest coverage, survival of deforestation, has been impacted or transformed, highly or moderately, by man. The research led by WCS and recently published by Nature, appeals for a restraint of these modifications in the forest environment, if we want to prevent future pandemics or mitigate climate change. Talking of forests, often the concern is focused on the influence of deforestation on them. And it is quite frequently normal to measure what is destroyed, but almost...

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THIS IS HOW WE RESTORE A PÁRAMO

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THIS IS HOW WE RESTORE A PÁRAMO
(February 03, 2021) The Humboldt Institute, the Regional Environmental Authority of Risaralda (Carder), WCS and National Natural Parks of Colombia, with the support of the European Union, edited a document that embraces the main conclusions of a rehabilitation process of a section of Los Nevados National Park; it can now be replicated in any region of the country. Colombia has half of the existing páramos of the world that provide drinking water for 70 percent of its population. The country, with 36 pá...

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URRAS DOES NOT STOP REHABILITATING TRAFFICKED ANIMALS

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URRAS DOES NOT STOP REHABILITATING TRAFFICKED ANIMALS
(February 03, 2021) Primates, birds, reptiles and other individuals of wild and exotic fauna, victims of wildlife trafficking and other events such as accidents, rescues or migration, have one of their last opportunities of survival in the Unidad de Rescate y Rehabilitación de Animales Silvestres URRAS (Unit of Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals), in its headquarters of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia). More than 100 individuals arrive there each month, many with ...

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CANINE BINOMIALS, HEROES THAT CURB ILLEGAL TRAFFIC

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CANINE BINOMIALS, HEROES THAT CURB ILLEGAL TRAFFIC
(December 07, 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.

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“I DREAM OF A COUNTRY WHERE BIOECONOMY RULES”

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“I DREAM OF A COUNTRY WHERE BIOECONOMY RULES”
(December 07, 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.

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31 YEARS ROAMING EL COCUY

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31 YEARS ROAMING EL COCUY
(December 07, 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.

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WE ARE GOING TO COLOR MAMMALS!

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WE ARE GOING TO COLOR MAMMALS!
(December 07, 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.

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BOGOTA, A SPRINGBOARD FOR ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

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BOGOTA, A SPRINGBOARD FOR ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE
(October 27, 2020)   -   Although illegal wildlife trade in Colombia originates mostly in rural zones, large cities are not detached from this problem. Bogotá, for example, is a key location from where animals are shipped directly to foreign black markets or are traded for local destinations and uses. WCS´s Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Program stresses the importance of understanding the dynamics of illegal wildlife trade increasingly operated by organized crime.

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DAHL'S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE FINDS ALLIES IN CHIMICHAGUA

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DAHL'S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE FINDS ALLIES IN CHIMICHAGUA
(October 27, 2020)   -   Landowners in this town of Cesar are protecting the surroundings of the San Fernandera-Caracoli stream, one of the few places in the Atlantic Coast where the reptile still reproduces in a healthy fashion. With the support of WCS, they control livestock to prevent contamination, plant trees and avoid sand extraction and hunting. Dahl's toad-headed turtle, one of Colombia`s four endemic turtles, is in critical danger of extinction.

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ALLIANCE TO PRODUCE WITHOUT DEFORESTATION

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ALLIANCE TO PRODUCE WITHOUT DEFORESTATION
(October 27, 2020)   -   Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is a global pact that seeks to involve companies and public-private sectors towards the elimination, in productive chains, of processes that generate deforestation. We talked with Javier Ortiz, TFA coordinator for Colombia, who informs that the country is already advancing with this purpose, through the consolidation of agreements within the palm oil, beef, dairy, cocoa and coffee sectors.

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SELVA DE FLORENCIA RISES UP FOR ITS FROGS

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SELVA DE FLORENCIA RISES UP FOR ITS FROGS
(October 27, 2020)   -   The National Natural Park Selva de Florencia, located in Caldas, is the national protected area with the highest number of threatened amphibians for its size in Colombia. Through the Strategy for the Conservation of Threatened Amphibians and to recover its populations, WCS Colombia, Corpocaldas (Regional Autonomous Corporation of Caldas) and National Natural Parks, teamed together with communities, launched a crusade to protect stream vegetation, plant native flora and control the advance of cat...

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THE MAIN REFUGE OF DUNN’S MUD TURTLE IS IN BAJO BAUD'

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THE MAIN REFUGE OF DUNN’S MUD TURTLE IS IN BAJO BAUD'
(September 14, 2020)   -   This is one of the four species of endemic turtles in Colombia and one of the least studied. This region of Chocó, where in 2017 the creation of a protected zone was made official, would guarantee the future of this reptile, also known as ‘cabeza de trozo’, and in vulnerable condition due precisely to its reduced distribution. WCS Colombia and Turtle Survival Alliance will soon initiate a research in this region, to monitor its populations.

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FISH IN THE MAGDALENA-CAUCA BASIN EMIT SOUNDS TO LET FEMALES KNOW THAT IT IS TIME FOR REPRODUCTION

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FISH IN THE MAGDALENA-CAUCA BASIN EMIT SOUNDS TO LET FEMALES KNOW THAT IT IS TIME FOR REPRODUCTION
(September 14, 2020)   -   Research in the Magdalena-Cauca basin proves that through unique calls, perceptible to the human ear, the Magdalena River prochilodus or bocachico and the moino fish (or comelón) let females know that they are ready to fertilize their ovules and ensure the birth of new fish.  The research, led through hydroacoustic systems by Silvia López Casas, PhD in biology, supports new arguments for the establishment of conservation measures for these species.

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ZOONOTIC DISEASES, ANOTHER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCE OF WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

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ZOONOTIC DISEASES, ANOTHER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCE OF WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING
(September 14, 2020)   -   Besides the impact on biodiversity, wildlife trafficking increases the risk of zoonotic diseases that can be fatal and reflect the bond imbalance between humans and animals. Rabies, Psittacosis, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Covid 19 are some of them. WCS Colombia is developing a program to mitigate illegal wildlife trade and, consequently, the surge of these infections which represent 75 percent of emerging diseases in humans.   

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‘I CONTINUE BELIEVING IN THE POWER OF SCIENCE AS A TRANSFORMING FORCE’

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‘I CONTINUE BELIEVING IN THE POWER OF SCIENCE AS A TRANSFORMING FORCE’
(September 14, 2020)   -   In September, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of its foundation. This organization is in charge of investigating our natural resources, to contribute with their conservation and sustainable use. We talked with its Director, Hernando García, on the challenges he faces in these times of enormous pressures on paramos, forests and other strategic ecosystems. A fourth part of a century seems like a long time, but it can also be only the beginning.

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IN EL TUPARRO NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, RESEARCHERS MONITOR THE POPULATION STATUS OF GAME ANIMALS FROM WHICH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES BENEFIT

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IN EL TUPARRO NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, RESEARCHERS MONITOR THE POPULATION STATUS OF GAME ANIMALS FROM WHICH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES BENEFIT
(August 13, 2020)   -   With the images gathered, researchers will make an analysis of the occupation of ungulates or hoofed mammals, as the tapir, to adapt environmental management measures in the protected area. The camera traps will give clues on the status of this type of fauna usually hunted, for food, by the ethnic groups that live in the protected area.

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‘IT HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZED RESTORATION, LINKED WITH THE COMMUNITY, WHICH CAN BE REPLICATED IN OTHER COLOMBIAN PARAMOS’

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‘IT HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZED RESTORATION, LINKED WITH THE COMMUNITY, WHICH CAN BE REPLICATED IN OTHER COLOMBIAN PARAMOS’
(August 13, 2020)   -   Érika Nadachovsky, of the Regional Environmental Authority of Risaralda (Carder), talks of the recuperation of 258 hectares of paramo within Los Nevados National Natural Park, degraded by livestock farming, an initiative of the project ‘Proyecto Páramos Biodiversidad y Recursos Hídricos en los Andes del Norte’, financed by the European Union. Nine thousand native plants were planted, with the aim of restoring original paramo landscapes in part of the ecosystem.

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A RETURN TO THEIR HABITATS IS NOT ALWAYS AN OPTION FOR TRAFFICKED FAUNA

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A RETURN TO THEIR HABITATS IS NOT ALWAYS AN OPTION FOR TRAFFICKED FAUNA
(August 13, 2020)   -   The consequences of illegal traffic in animals extracted from forests or jungles in Colombia, are usually irreversible. Few can return to their habitats, because the physical abuse they receive inhibits their capacity to feed and fend for themselves and many lose their hunting instincts when they are domesticated. It is ironic, but the recovery of their freedom becomes a challenge that few can overcome. We learned about the attempts of the Reserve La Ñupana to rehabilitate species that ha...

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THE TURTLES OF THE WORLD ARE IN TROUBLE

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THE TURTLES OF THE WORLD ARE IN TROUBLE
(July 07, 2020)   -   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 WC...

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

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ONLY 15 PERCENT OF THE MOUNTAIN TAPIR’S HABITAT IN THE COUNTRY IS PROTECTED
(July 07, 2020)   -   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

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ABANDONMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS, ANOTHER THREAT FOR WILDLIFE

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ABANDONMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS, ANOTHER THREAT FOR WILDLIFE
(July 07, 2020)   -   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.

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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

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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
(July 07, 2020)   -   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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BIOLOGICAL CORRIDORS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SURVIVAL OF BEES

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BIOLOGICAL CORRIDORS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SURVIVAL OF BEES
(May 29, 2020)   -   A research led by Catalina Gutiérrez, Country Director of WCS Colombia, proved that biological corridors, generally designed and implemented for vertebrates, also contribute to the preservation of bees, especially those that require forests to survive. Corridors provide them with food and places to build their nests and help them connect between populations. The study was conducted in the Barbas-Bremen Soil Conservation District in Quindío, Colombia.

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TOLIMA LAND OWNERS LEAD A REVOLUTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WATER

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TOLIMA LAND OWNERS LEAD A REVOLUTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WATER
(May 29, 2020)   -   The communities that form part of the project ‘Río Saldaña, una cuenca de vida’, are determined to protect this vital resource with the implementation of responsible practices at their farms, such as basic sanitation, management of organic waste and ecological restoration, leading to sustainable agriculture and livestock farming.

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A HARLEQUIN FROG THAT REAPPEARED AFTER ALMOST TWO DECADES OF ABSENCE HAS ITS REFUGE IN CHOACHÍ

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A HARLEQUIN FROG THAT REAPPEARED AFTER ALMOST TWO DECADES OF ABSENCE HAS ITS REFUGE IN CHOACHÍ
(May 29, 2020)   -   In Choachí (Cundinamarca) Carlos Ríos, a man of peasant origin, dedicated his farm to the conservation of Atelopus lozanoi, an endemic harlequin frog that disappeared at the beginning of the century and was rediscovered in 2016. WCS joins Parques Nacionales de Colombia to support this conservation effort with monitoring, environmental education and productive projects.  

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A GROUP OF SPECIALISTS IS UPDATING THE RED LIST OF COLOMBIAN PLANTS

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A GROUP OF SPECIALISTS IS UPDATING THE RED LIST OF COLOMBIAN PLANTS
(May 29, 2020)   -   The Colombian Plant Specialist Group, led by Cristina López, biologist of Universidad de Antioquia, is working on the most updated Red List of Colombian Plants, with the purpose of implementing conservation plans. The project is endorsed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute.

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THE REDISCOVERY OF A HARLEQUIN FROG BELIEVED EXTINCT

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THE REDISCOVERY OF A HARLEQUIN FROG BELIEVED EXTINCT
(April 29, 2020)   -   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

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

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RESEARCHERS INSTALL ACOUSTIC TRANSMITTERS IN SOUTH AMERICAN RIVER TURTLES TO MONITOR THEIR MOVEMENTS IN THE META RIVER
(April 29, 2020)   -   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.

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DEFORESTATION INCREASED IN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREAS DURING THE POST-CONFLICT

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DEFORESTATION INCREASED IN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREAS DURING THE POST-CONFLICT
(April 29, 2020)   -   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. 

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WEB SITE GUIDES INTERNAUTS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS

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WEB SITE GUIDES INTERNAUTS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS
(April 29, 2020)   -   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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WETLANDS ARE CORROBORATED AS KEY ECOSYSTEMS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE JAGUAR

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WETLANDS ARE CORROBORATED AS KEY ECOSYSTEMS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE JAGUAR
(January 24, 2020)   -   An investigation in which WCS Colombia participated highlights wetlands as important ecosystems for the subsistence of the felid, whose populations are greatly affected because deforestation and the expansion of agriculture and stockbreeding have deteriorated its habitat.

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THIS IS THE WORK TO BE DONE TO PREVENT THE EXTINCTION OF SOME FROG SPECIES

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THIS IS THE WORK TO BE DONE TO PREVENT THE EXTINCTION OF SOME FROG SPECIES
(January 24, 2020)   -   A team researches one of them, called Oophaga lehmanni, to reproduce it in captivity and reintroduce it to its habitat. Physically attractive due to its vivid colors, it is one of the most trafficked species.

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CREATION OF RESERVE FOR DAHL´S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE WILL ALSO INCLUDE RESTORATION OF DRY FORESTS AND EXPANSION OF WETLANDS IN SUCRE.

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CREATION OF RESERVE FOR DAHL´S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE WILL ALSO INCLUDE RESTORATION OF DRY FORESTS AND EXPANSION OF WETLANDS IN SUCRE.
(January 24, 2020)   -   In a 120 hectare terrain, WCS Colombia, in cooperation with Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) y Rainforest Trust, will stimulate the healthy conservation and reproduction of the reptile, whose wild populations are isolated due to the deterioration of the dry forest, its main habitat.  The species Mesoclemmys dahli, as it is scientifically known, only lives in the Colombian Caribbean (endemic)

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EL GIGANTE (THE GIANT) IS A NEW PROTECTED AREA AND THE CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE ITS CONSERVATION WILL ALSO BE GIGANTIC

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EL GIGANTE (THE GIANT) IS A NEW PROTECTED AREA AND THE CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE ITS CONSERVATION WILL ALSO BE GIGANTIC
(January 20, 2020)   -   This site, home to forests, birds, amphibians and mammals and source of water for several aqueducts in Salamina (Caldas), faces deforestation and agricultural pressure. WCS Colombia included it as a priority area during the identification of the Main Ecological Structure of the Northern Subregion of this department and as part of a contract with the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Caldas (Corpocaldas).

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Newsletter WCS Colombia - July

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Newsletter WCS Colombia - July
(August 23, 2017)   -   WCS Colombia shares a new edition of the newsletter "En Terreno".It includes news on reforestation activities carried out in Vichada within the scope of the Wildlife Project, and information on the "Training Center" available at the website of  emerging environmental markets in Colombia.

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THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY SEEKS TO EMPLOY A REGIONAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR

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THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY SEEKS TO EMPLOY A REGIONAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR
(November 17, 2015)   -   The Wildlife Conservation Society seeks to employ a regional wildlife trafficking coordinator to manage a growing portfolio of projects in the region that address this challenge and to provide expertise to country programs in the areas of law enforcement and the dismantling of trafficking networks.  The objective of this position is to support the long-term conservation of wildlife species through strengthening our response in Latin America to the illegal trade in - and demand for - wi...

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A TOUR OF SHARING EXPERIENCES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF BOLIVAR (VAUCA VALLEY)

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A TOUR OF SHARING EXPERIENCES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF BOLIVAR (VAUCA VALLEY)
(September 17, 2015)   -   This was a series of visits where the exchange of knowledge and experiences by owners of different properties, led to the sharing of various experiences regarding the implementation and management of the privately owned reserves. The reason hereof is that the education and training of so-called "local actors" is critical to the success of any project. All of this took place in line with the 073 agreement from 2014 signed between WCS and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Valle del Cauca (CVC...

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Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) Launches New Program in Colombia in Partnership with WCS to Target Endangered Chelonians

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(August 29, 2012)   -   Recognizing the key role ofColombia for the conservation of South American freshwater turtles andtortoises, and the imminent threat that many of these species face, the TSAlaunched a new Colombian program in July 2012.  This program is possible due to a collaborativeagreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the TSA, and willexpand a model partnership that has already proved effective in Myanmar andChina.

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