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Wildlife Conservation Society

Bronx, New York
www.wcs.org

Wildlife Conservation Society was awarded $38,075,000 between 1988 and 2019, including 95 grants in International Peace & Security and Conservation & Sustainable Development.

$650,000

2019 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild places. WCS's Global Marine Program works to safeguard eleven globally significant seascapes containing the world's most threatened marine biodiversity. This award renews support to WCS to monitor the effectiveness of community-led conservation interventions in four priority geographies for WCS and MacArthur, including Indonesia, Melanesia, Western Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean. Under the first phase of this work, WCS collaborated with grantees and international experts to develop a global monitoring framework of ecological, fisheries, and socio-economic indicators, and completed baseline assessments in Indonesia, Melanesia, and the Western Indian Ocean. In the second phase of work, WCS worked with Cuban partners to complete baseline assessments, and carried out a triennial social and ecological monitoring program. This award supports a third and final phase of this work to conduct another cycle of social and ecological monitoring in each geography, assess the effectiveness of supported interventions (such as spatial and temporal fishing closures, and expanded access to sustainable fishing gear) and establish a platform of open-source tools and resources to ensure the long-term utility and sustainability of the framework.

$350,000

2019 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild places. The WCS Marine Program works in Cuba with fisher communities, and government and non-governmental partners to strengthen fisheries management nationally and within designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This project aims to improve marine conservation and resource management in a network of Cuban MPAs and neighboring fishing grounds, to preserve the ecological integrity of reefs, sea grass, and mangroves while maintaining provision of ecosystem services to surrounding communities and beyond. The project builds on recent work to develop and pilot a Cuba-tailored social-ecological monitoring tool, 'CubaMon', the first ever used in Cuba to monitor the impact of conservation management interventions in coastal systems and incorporate fishers' perceptions into the management of Marine Protected Areas. WCS is partnering with the Cuban non-governmental organization, Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez to design and implement an awareness campaign at the local and national levels about the negative impacts of overfishing on reefs and the implications, challenges, and opportunities associated with Cuba's recently enacted national fisheries law.

$750,000

2018 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation NGO committed to protecting the world's wildlife and wild places. WCS has worked in Madagascar since 1993 to protect the country's last biodiversity strongholds, linking biodiversity protection with community-based management of forest, coastal, and marine resources through innovative approaches that are grounded in science. WCS has extensive experience partnering with local communities to manage small-scale fisheries and strengthen governance of marine resources. This award supports marine resource management in the three largest marine protected areas on the western coast of Madagascar: Ankarea and Ankivonjy in the northwest and Soariake in the southwest. The project aims to reinforce measures to improve marine resource management, build capacity of local stakeholders, and ensure economic benefits for local communities by developing sustainable financial mechanisms that support long-term management needs. In addition, this award supports an existing partnership with Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines and international experts to run an annual Master's-level training for 10 students per year focused on ecological monitoring of critical marine habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grass.

$550,000

2017 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The WCS Indonesia program implements fisheries management in partnership with governments and communities, to improve the effectiveness of marine protected areas and locally managed marine areas, and protects ecologically important species. In all of their work WCS emphasizes improving the scientific basis for decision-making and evaluating impact. This support allows WCS to build upon its successful program of work on community-led fisheries management and marine protected area management in West Nusa Tenggara, and expand it to the North Sulawesi Sea.

$900,000

2017 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild places. The WCS Fiji Program works with a range of partners to enable Fijian communities to better manage their natural resources. The program places particular emphasis on improving coastal management in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, an ecologically connected, highly biodiverse region. This award supports the WCS Fiji program to secure key enabling conditions for long-term local management of coastal resources, including conducting targeted applied science to support local, provincial, and national-level decision-making, supporting the implementation of recently codified provincial-level coastal management and resilience plans, and advancing sustainable finance schemes for fisheries and protected habitat.

$3,000,000

2016 • 4 years, 6 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. WCS is working in partnership with several organizations to implement the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative's (GSRI). The intended outcomes of the award are 1) effective coordination of the partnership and 2) support for policies and effective conservation management in key regions.

$650,000

2016 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation organization that works to save wildlife and wild places. WCS's Global Marine Program works to safeguard eleven globally significant seascapes containing the world's most threatened marine biodiversity. This award supports applied research on the sustainable use of coral reef fisheries. The work builds on previous social and ecological research that has led to several critical findings: 1) fisheries production is influenced by good management more so than by climate disturbances, 2) unsustainable fishing is associated with changes in fish and reef communities that influence reef health and resilience, and 3) the identification of three climate refugia areas in the Western Indian Ocean: the Kenya-Tanzania border, the Tanzania-Mozambique border, and Northwest Madagascar. Building on these findings, WCS is undertaking a three-year course of work, targeting the three climate refugia areas, to assess the social and ecological processes that affect the sustainable use of reef fisheries. Research findings will be integrated into the conservation and management programs of WCS and its research partners. This research directly benefits WCS's site-based fisheries management projects by providing the data and analyses required to conduct science-based decision-making, as well as WCS's regional monitoring efforts.

$350,000

2016 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation organization that works to save wildlife and wild places. WCS's marine program is working with fisher communities, and government and non-governmental partners to strengthen fisheries management within two protected coastal areas in Cuba – Delta del Cauto Wildlife Refuge and Alejandro Humboldt National Park. These areas host important marine biodiversity, mangrove and seagrass habitats, and have received little management assistance to date. At both sites WCS employs a participatory approach to assess the ecological and social systems connecting the protected areas and fishing grounds and to identify mechanisms to improve management. This project further demonstrates the potential for community-based fisheries management approaches to support the national effort to incorporate cooperatives within Cuba's state-controlled fishing sector.

$324,000

2016 • 1 year • Conservation & Sustainable Development

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild places. The WCS Fiji Program works with a range of partners to enable Fijian communities to better manage their natural resources. The program places particular emphasis on improving coastal management in the ecologically connected, highly biodiverse Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. This award supports the WCS-Fiji program to disseminate the results of key studies on the effectiveness of conservation interventions, implement coastal and ecosystem-based management plans in three provinces, and improve enabling conditions for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management.

$50,000

2016 • 3 months

Wildlife Conservation Society hosted a meeting that convened 20 key experts on intact forests with a wide range of views, expertise, and institutional positions. The meeting participants created a document that included: a suggested vision and mission for the initiative, a strategic roadmap of priorities for two major programs of work, and governance structure options.

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