CONSERVATION NEWS

News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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3 ways Indigenous knowledge protects nature

By Mary Kate McCoy

August 9, 2023
On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Conservation News is highlighting three stories about Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of protecting the nature they rely on.
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Countries agreed to protect 30% of the planet. Now what?

By Vanessa Bauza

July 26, 2023
More than six months ago, nearly every country signed on to the most ambitious plan ever to protect nature — a sweeping framework that aims to conserve 30 percent of the planet's land and waters by 2030. It’s an unprecedented agreement. So, what’s next?
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When COVID halted wildlife tourism in Kenya, one area weathered the storm

By Will McCarry

July 6, 2023
Every year, Kenya’s Maasai Mara region attracts droves of tourists, eager for a glimpse of one of the largest movement of animals on Earth. Until 2020, when everything changed. Yet, what began as a crisis presented new opportunities.
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News spotlight: How Indigenous communities brought a sacred caiman back from the brink

By Mary Kate McCoy

May 26, 2023
For years, two communities in southeast Colombia have worked to protect the black caiman — the largest predator in the Amazon River basin, which was hunted to near extinction in the area for its highly-prized skin.
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When protecting nature helps build peace

By Vanessa Bauza

May 25, 2023
As climate change accelerates, there's a growing sense of urgency to address how changes to our ecosystems can lead to conflict. For years, Conservation International has worked to bring environmental peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity to its work.
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