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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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October 27, 2020

BOGOTA, A SPRINGBOARD FOR ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

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.

October 27, 2020

DAHL'S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE FINDS ALLIES IN CHIMICHAGUA

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.

October 27, 2020

ALLIANCE TO PRODUCE WITHOUT DEFORESTATION

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.

October 27, 2020

SELVA DE FLORENCIA RISES UP FOR ITS FROGS

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 cattle.

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Publications

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
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

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