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Changing Fishing Practices in Mauritius: A Success Story

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Small island developing states around the world are the first to suffer the consequences of climate change, rapid population growth and unsustainable economic pressures. These problems can negatively affect…

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- Apr 17, 2017
Florida's Manatee - No Longer an Endangered Species

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just reclassified one of Florida’s most iconic endangered wildlife species to “threatened” status. This controversial decision was made despite the fact that…

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- Apr 11, 2017
Connecting with Biodiversity Using Macro Photography

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In a  2013 article published by American Entomologist, a trio of authors contemplated the importance of macro photography in documenting biodiversity. In their abstract, they summarize: "Digital macrophotography…

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- Apr 10, 2017
Too Rare to Wear: Stopping Illegal Trade of Hawksbill Turtle Products

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The Too Rare to Wear campaign brings tourist and conservation groups together to end the trade of illegal tortoiseshell products. Also called turtleshell, this material comes from hawksbill sea turtles,…

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- Apr 04, 2017
The CITES Meeting: A Closer Look

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My amazing trip all began when the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced a global search for 34 international conservationists aged 18 to 25 to attend the first-ever Youth Forum for People…

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- Mar 06, 2017
Biodiversity on Organic Farms in Telangana, India

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Most commercial agriculture around the world comes in the form of monocultures, where whole fields are devoted to a single plant. Monocultures are stark landscapes, built around the logic of factories…

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- Feb 14, 2017
Anthro versus Ecocentric Conservation Perspectives: An Academic Comparison

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Conservation is most often discussed from two main ethical standpoints: the preservation of natural resources for human use (an anthropocentric position that supports biodiversity protection for the well-being…

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- Feb 09, 2017
Letter from the President

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It has been almost eight years since the conservation-media magazine Voices for Biodiversity was born. The changes that have occurred over these years, both for the world and for Voices for Biodiversity,…

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- Jan 26, 2017
The Last Unicorn: William deBuy's Search for the Elusive Saola

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The Last Unicorn taps into a primal human instinct — the search for pure and innocent beauty. This quest has captured our attention for hundreds of years, and is perhaps the reason unicorns are ubiquitous…

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- Nov 29, 2016
Bird Conservation in Colombia’s Andean Forests

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I wake up at 4:30 a.m. in my tent and go out to admire the dark, cloud-covered forest. I meet with my team of locals to warm up and discuss our plan of action. Over a nice cup of Colombian coffee, we sit…

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- May 08, 2016
Loktak Lake: The World’s Only Floating Lake

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Picture a lake where massive landmasses covered in shaggy green vegetation naturally generate over its surface. They have no base, yet still become so dense that they can bear not only the load of occupants,…

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- Jan 27, 2016
The Economic Value of Nature

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In recent years there has been an effort to determine the economic value of nature by national governments and international committees. Although this utilitarian view applied to the complexity of nature…

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- Feb 01, 2015