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Cacao from the Greater Madidi Landscape receives an international price.

Cacao from the Greater Madidi Landscape receives an international price.
(February 05, 2018) The Association of Ecological Producers of Native Cacao of the Leco Larecaja Indigenous People (CHOCOLECO) was awarded a prize for the high quality of cacao bean submitted to the prestigious 2017 edition of the International Cocoa Prize, organized by the Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) program, which took place at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris. Ximena Sandy led the WCS team that accompanied the entire production process under agroforestry systems and technological innovations along the productive ch...

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WCS is given recognition by Authorities of the Ancient Kallawaya Culture

WCS is given recognition by Authorities of the Ancient Kallawaya Culture
(December 19, 2017) During the first meeting of the Kallawaya traditional authorities, held on 16th November, the Charazani Municipal Government recognized the Wildlife Conservation Society for its support to families and their actions to maintain a balance with Mother Earth, within the framework of the project 'Strengthening Socio-Ecological Resilience against the Effects of Climate Change of the Charazani Life System'. Participants in this event included 32 traditional authorities, healers, members of the educat...

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WCS supports development of national curriculum for park guards

WCS supports development of national curriculum for park guards
(December 12, 2017) Between October 25th and 27th, 2017, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, a workshop was held to develop the Training Plan for park guards of the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP), within the framework agreement established in 2015 between the National Service of Protected Areas (SERNAP) and the Ministry of Education, with the support of the Italian Agency of Development Cooperation (AICS). Significant progress has been made in the certification of around 180 park rangers and in the design of a plan ...

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WCS scientific contributions in the I Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology

WCS scientific contributions in the I Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology
(December 04, 2017) Bolivia occupies the eleventh place in the world for freshwater fish species diversity (approximately 6% of the total registered so far). Studies on this group have gained real importance in the last decade due to their relevance for food security. The 1st Bolivian Congress of Ichthyology, held between October 26th and 28th, in Cochabamba city, brought together Bolivian ichthyologists to share information on the state of knowledge of fish, threatened species, invasive species presence, and fishi...

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Discovering freshwater stingrays in Bolivia

Discovering freshwater stingrays in Bolivia
(November 20, 2017) Freshwater stingrays are a fish family related to marine stingrays and sharks. The tectonic movements that led to the drift of the South American continent, at different times in its geological history, and the rise of the Andes, probably favored the penetration of some marine species, as is the case of the Potamotrygonidae family. The species of this family are widely distributed in the lowland rivers of the continent. The highest richness is found in the Amazon basin, with 22 out of 31 known s...

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