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Jul 26, 2020 3 tweets 3 min read
For #WorldMangroveDay, let's recognize importance of these ecologically rich & culturally important ecosystems. Like this one in El Encanto de los Manglares del Bajo Baudo, a protected marine area in Chocó in Colombia, which provides vital resources for coastal communities. ImageImage
Mangroves also provide coastal protection.

On the Tigak Islands in Papua New Guinea, there is a real threat to people's homes from the rising sea due to #ClimateChange.

Here mangroves have been planted to provide a potential barrier. #WorldMangrovesDay Image
In Choco, Colombia, the piangüa (ark clam) is gathered from mangroves. It's an important marine resource that coastal communities rely on. As mollusk numbers have declined, communities & organizations like WCS have teamed to manage extraction & allow recovery. #WorldMangroveDay Image

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Sep 29, 2020
COMMENTARY: If we are to minimize species loss and collapse in ecosystem function, we must do all we can to support Indigenous Peoples’ rights & their efforts to protect their lands & waters, write WCS’s David Wilkie, @sslieberman, & @cyclonewatson. 1/10

Why? Decisions Indigenous Peoples have made over generations have done more to protect species and ecological systems than all the protected areas established and managed by individual countries combined. bit.ly/2SbAIAq Image
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Even 135 yrs after Louis Pasteur successfully vaccinated against rabies, this preventable but deadly viral disease remains one of most neglected in developing world.
Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities and especially on children in Africa & Asia. #WorldRabiesDay
Since rabid domestic dogs are the cause of 99% of global deaths from rabies in humans, dog vaccination, coupled with education and control of feral dog populations, is the key to fighting this devastating disease. 2/
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Majority of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic—they jump from wildlife to people. Key to addressing this: our interactions, exploitation, and destruction of nature.

NOW: Christian Walzer of @WcsHealth will be speaking at #NatureForLife Hub. Watch live on our Facebook. Image
At WCS, our policy recommends stopping all commercial trade in wildlife for human consumption (particularly of birds and mammals) and closing all such markets.

Read more: bit.ly/32YGaNm #NatureForLife Image
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Sep 24, 2020
Intact forests are one of the most powerful and cost-effective solutions we have to combat #ClimateChange.

At 9 am ET, join us live to kick off #NatureForLife Hub as experts talk #NatureForClimate. bit.ly/33V9V0H
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A #Turtle with a Permanent Smile was Brought Back from #Extinction | by @RachelNuwer & @nytimes

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By the mid-20th century, threats like overfishing and overharvesting of eggs had driven the species to the brink. Image
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👉Monitoring nesting sites
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A lot going on this #WorldElephantDay2020.

With Bauchi state govt, @WCS_Nigeria marks 0 elephants poached in Yankari Game Reserve since 2015. Image
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