WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper's discusses the importance of well-managed protected areas for species and human survival.
WCS focuses on saving the Best of the Wild - parks at the core of the world’s last intact landscapes and seascapes.
At the World Parks Congress 2014, WCS seeks to reignite the world’s commitment to parks. We will share our depth of knowledge and experience in sustainable approaches to conservation, while building partnerships for our common vision of healthy parks, people and the planet.
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Mission: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
Goal: The conservation of more than 50 percent of the world’s biological diversity while ensuring a positive impact on millions of people globally.
Ten years have passed since the last International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) global conference on protected areas, the sixth such congress to take place since 1962. During this period, nations have established of tens of thousands of new protected areas on land and in the sea. Unfortunately, at the same time, so many of those areas (an estimated 80 percent) have been poorly managed that progress has now backtracked, a situation discussed in the recent Nature paper "The performance and potential of protected areas." That trend must not continue.
Ten years after Goldman Sachs and the Wildlife Conservation Society announced one of the largest gifts of private lands ever given for conservation, Chile’s Karukinka Natural Park is celebrating a decade of accomplishments, from top-notch conservation science, to wildlife and habitat protection, to public education and engagement. This celebration is taking place as conservationists gather for the 2014 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia – a once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas.
If you are what you eat, then just as true, you are what you buy.
Scientists from the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), NASA, and other organizations have partnered to focus global attention on the contribution of satellites to biodiversity conservation in a recently released study entitled “Ten Ways Remote Sensing Can Contribute to Conservation,” featured in the latest edition of the scientific journal Conservation Biology.
The following statement was released by Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President, International Policy at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress.
Parks come in all shapes and sizes, from the neighborhood pocket park with just a swing set and jungle gym to New York’s iconic Central Park to the spacious and picturesque Adirondack Park. The city of Portland, OR, claims to have the world’s smallest park, which is no larger than 2 square feet. At the other end of the spectrum, there is a National Park in Greenland that is nearly 1 million square miles as well as marine protected areas that occupy hundreds of thousands of miles of open ocean. At the root of all of these parks, big and small, is the desire to conserve a bit of nature for the long-term.
For millennia, tropical civilizations cultivated their crops through a practice known as slash-and-burn agriculture. In this practice, vegetation is cut down and burned to clear land and improve the soil with the resulting organic matter and nutrients. Fire also kills or drives away pests and encourages the regeneration of grasses in natural pastures.
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has identified a small set of five measures that reflect both desired conservation outcomes and core conservation strategies. These measures use industry standard best practices and can be monitored in an affordable but credible manner at a practical scale and with the frequency necessary to influence conservation actions.
For the first time, scientists working in the waters of Patagonia are using satellite tags to remotely track southern right whales from their breeding/calving grounds in the sheltered bays of Península Valdés, Argentina, to unknown feeding grounds somewhere in the western South Atlantic. This could eventually provide clues to the cause of one of the largest great whale die-offs ever recorded.
Conservationists gathered at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress to think big and act fast in the effort to maintain and expand protected areas that safeguard wildlife, ecosystems, and the services they provide to animals and people alike, according to Dr. James Watson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.