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Tacana land management is key to curb deforestation

Tacana land management is key to curb deforestation
(January 07, 2014) Deforestation has dramatically reduced the extent of tropical forests in Bolivia and in the world. Destruction of tropical forests accounts for 20% of all carbon emissions produced by human activity in addition to the loss of biodiversity, impacts on water supplies and health and reduced opportunities for socio-economic and cultural development.  A recent publication conducted by the Tacana Indigenous People's Council (CIPTA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): "Deforestation scen...

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WCS’s studies bears and other wildlife in the Greater Madidi Tambopata Landscape – one of the world’s most wildlife-rich regions

WCS’s studies bears and other wildlife in the Greater Madidi Tambopata Landscape – one of the world’s most wildlife-rich regions
(November 05, 2013) A series of camera-trap images released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today shows rare Andean bears acting like angry Hollywood celebrities – at least when it comes to having their picture taken.  The stop-action images reveals adult bears and cubs repeatedly surrounding and attempting to dismantle the Reconyx camera traps secured to trees. One series of images shows a particularly determined bear attacking a camera and leaving it torn open and dangling. Another series shows a...

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Celebrating the Native Cacao Festival

Celebrating the Native Cacao Festival
(October 30, 2013) On Sunday October 20, Guanay welcomed over a hundred guests at the "Native Cacao Festival, Guanay 2013", with the message that their use contributes to value and conserve this legendary plant of the American rainforest and the forests where it grows.  Its organizers, the Municipal Government of Guanay, the Leco Larecaja native cacao producers (CHOCOLECOS), from Mapiri Municipality (APCAO-Mapiri) and from the Tacana Indigenous People's Council (Carmen del Emero and APAET of Tumupasa), turne...

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24 indigenous Tacana girls write a book about Yara the tapir’s amazing nose

24 indigenous Tacana girls write a book about Yara the tapir’s amazing nose
(October 23, 2013) On the 20th September WCS and the Tumupasa School presented the Spanish version of “Yara’s Amazing Nose”. 17 out of the 24 girls who participated in a creative writing workshop three years ago were present.  The creative experience was centered upon the kaleidoscopic universe created by the Tacana girls and allows the reader to come closer to the world of the tapir and its amazing nose. The illustrations were done by a Cambodian illustrator, Rouen Sokhom, and result in ...

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Committed to nature and culture

Committed to nature and culture
(October 23, 2013) The visit to Bolivia of Cristian Samper, President and CEO of WCS, Julie Kunen, Executive Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and some members of the Administrative Council of the institution, held between 12 and 22 August, reflects the importance of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape as a privileged conservation site because of its exceptional biodiversity. The visit was able to strengthen working relationships with local partners of the program, through meetings with protected ar...

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