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Wildlife Lives When Locals Are Paid

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An ecotourism strategy based on “direct payments,” to local people for the amount of wildlife seen by tourists, has resulted in a reduction in illegal hunting and an increase in wildlife sightings in a national protected area in Laos…

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Where Tourists Step Lightly, Biodiversity Flourishes

Where Tourists Step Lightly Biodiversity Flourishes

“We share our planet with millions of species of wild animals and plants. They keep us alive through making fresh air, clean water and healthy soils; they are used every day to make medicine, food and furniture and they support cultural, recreational and tourism…”

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Undercover Detectives Battle Eco-Crime

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Despite its impressive name, the Environmental Investigation Agency is not a government agency but a small nonprofit that has become one of the world’s most effective conservation groups. Based in London, EIA operatives go undercover to catch environmental criminals (Eco-Crime) and bring them to justice.

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CITES CoP17: Elephants Win, Lions Lose

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World governments have adopted landmark decisions on shutting down illegal trade while regulating legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wild animals and plants. The decisions affect a large number of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, as well as an entire genus of trees.

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IUCN Conservation Congress: Planet at the Crossroads

IUCN Conservation Congress- Planet at the Crossroads

“The IUCN Congress will set the course for using nature-based solutions to help move millions out of poverty, creating a more sustainable economy and restoring a healthier relationship with our planet,” said World Bank Group president Jim Kim, as the conference opened in Honolulu September 1.

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World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

The environmental concerns of the 1970s – industrial pollution of air and water, oil spills, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness and biodiversity – inspired people to set aside two distinct days each year for activities aimed at saving the planet. World Environment Day 2016

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Extinction Stalks Meat-Eating Carnivores

Extinction Stalks Meat-Eating Carnivores

The African lion faces extinction by the year 2050, wildlife experts project, at risk due to indiscriminate killing in defence of human life and livestock, habitat loss, and prey base depletion from poaching and illicit trade.

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Wildlife Pays the Price for Ecotourist Fun

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Drawn to the beauty of natural landscapes and the exotic animals that live there, ecotourists leave money behind when they go home, but they may also leave the wild animals they have enjoyed viewing more vulnerable because of their presence.

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