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Press Release - NGO’s and government representatives invited to training on Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation

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(March 18, 2024) Design effective nature-based solutions for adaptation informed by climate risk assessment. Identify effective nature-based solutions and how they support adaptation to climate change. Monitor and evaluate the benefits of nature-based solutions for adaptation. Belize City (March 12, 2024)    Several representatives from government and non-government organizations will participate in a training titled ‘Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Adaptation: Working with Natu...

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PRESS RELEASE - Over 50 Experts Convene in Belize for Global Shark Conservation Meeting

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PRESS RELEASE - Over 50 Experts Convene in Belize for Global Shark Conservation Meeting
(February 26, 2024) Review of new tools and initiatives to effectively improve shark conservation. Develop linked programs of marine conservation work and learn how to better integrate them with WCS’s conservation priorities to advance shark conservation. See and learn from the work to conserve the reefs and sharks at Glover’s Reef Research Station The need to act fast- with sharks now one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet Placencia Village, Stann Creek District (February...

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
(February 11, 2024) On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we highlight the work of Anna, Francis, Sofía, and Yamira from the Mesoamerica and Caribbean program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Their sensitivity and passion exemplify a commitment to nature, communities, and wildlife. At WCS, we take pride in having a strong team of women in the field of science. Get to know them! Yamira Fuentes / WCS Belize “I am a Natural Resources Manager and researcher, I am cur...

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Mahogany Heights Village Council and WCS Belize Sign Community Conservation Agreement

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Mahogany Heights Village Council and WCS Belize Sign Community Conservation Agreement
(January 19, 2024) January 4, 2024    WCS Belize and Mahogany Heights Village Council officially joined forces by signing a community conservation agreement, which marks a significant step towards community development and the preservation of Belize's natural resources.     The agreement signals our support for sustainable initiatives that will see educational enhancement with installation of ceiling fans in the primary school and nutrition improvement through building of a new vege...

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Preparing for the imminent El Niño

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Preparing for the imminent El Niño
(January 09, 2024)   -   Due to an unprecedented El Niño event combined with the impacts of climate change, the planet is experiencing never before seen climate anomalies, with global air and sea surface temperatures pushing far higher than ever recorded. This global phenomenon is impacting some areas more severely than others, and Mesoamerica’s forests, wildlife and people are likely to be  hit especially hard during the next 6-12 months.

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The Jaguar in the biological corridor of the Forests of Mesoamerica. International Jaguar Day

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The Jaguar in the biological corridor of the Forests of Mesoamerica. International Jaguar Day
(November 29, 2023)   -   Jaguar populations in Mesoamerica face critical threats. The destruction of their natural habitat, driven by illegal ranching and the trafficking of jaguar parts, endangers the survival of these majestic felines.

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Wildland fire management enhances wildlife connectivity

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Wildland fire management enhances wildlife connectivity
(October 30, 2023)   -   The Maya Forest Corridor (MFC) in Belize faces a significant threat: wildfires. These fires, often triggered by human activities, can have devastating consequences for communities and biodiversity. During the 2023 fire season, which ran from February to June, a high level of fire activity was observed throughout the MFC. Our team diligently monitored this situation and identified a total of 29 individual fires that created four significant wildfire hotspots. 

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Population Growth of the ‘Hicatee’ Turtle at Cox Lagoon in the Maya Forest Corridor

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Population Growth of the ‘Hicatee’ Turtle at Cox Lagoon in the Maya Forest Corridor
(October 27, 2023)   -   The Hicatee population Cox Lagoon in the Maya Forest Corridor in Belize continues to exist! This, even though unsustainable hunting and habitat loss have resulted in the elimination of hicatees in majority of its range, which include certain Atlantic drainages of Guatemala, southern Mexico and throughout Belize..

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Major Conservation Alliance Launches "More Trees, Fewer Cows" Initiative to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of Mesoamerica

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Major Conservation Alliance Launches "More Trees, Fewer Cows" Initiative to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of Mesoamerica
(September 20, 2023)   -   In a joint effort to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican region, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild, and the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) announced the "More Trees, Fewer Cows" initiative during Climate Week New York. This unprecedented alliance aims to raise awareness and take strong action against illegal cattle ranching activities in Indigenous territories and protected areas.

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Agricultural burns, wildfires, and air quality in Mesoamerica. International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

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Agricultural burns, wildfires, and air quality in Mesoamerica. International Day of Clean Air for blue skies
(September 07, 2023)   -   In the context of the International Clean Air Day for blue skies, whose theme this year is "Together for Clean Air," it is crucial to recognize how climatological phenomena like El Niño can exacerbate the issue of forest fires in Mesoamerica and their effects on the 5 Great Forests.

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