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2008 WOLA Report Shows Anti-Drug Fumigation in Colombia Failing

Intensive aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia has backfired badly, contributing to the spread of coca cultivation and cocaine production to new areas of the country and threatening human health and the environment, according ...

Encyclopedia of Life Unveils First 30,000 Pages

The first 30,000 pages of an online Encyclopedia of Life were unveiled today for public “alpha” testing and feedback.

Agreement Protects Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

Fundacion Maquipucuna, a MacArthur grantee that works to secure sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in northwest Ecuador, recently reached an agreement that will help it protect the 500,000-acre Cotocachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Maquipucuna acquired the title ...

11 New Species Found in Vietnam

Eleven new plant and animal species were discovered by scientists of the World Wildlife Fund, a MacArthur grantee, in a remote area of central Vietnam. The new discoveries include a snake, five orchids and two butteries ...

New Area Added to Colombia’s National Parks System

In August, Churumbelos Auka Wasi was added to Colombia’s premier national parks system thanks to the technical assistance of two MacArthur grantees, World Wildlife Fund and the Amazon Conservation Team.

New Species Discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

An expedition by MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered forests containing six new animal species: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs.

Applying Science to Dam Construction in Brazil

Research on the ecology of migratory fish species in Peru's Madre de Dios River, stemming from a 2005 MacArthur grant to the University of Florida, caused Brazillian government to temporarily halt dam construction.

New Commission to Pave Course for Tomorrow's International Development Policy Leaders

In an effort to bolster the leadership and training of international development professionals, a new MacArthur-supported commission will examine how the next generation of leaders can be better prepared to tackle complex challenges.

A Leap for All Life: World's Leading Scientists Announce Creation of "Encyclopedia of Life"

Leading scientific institutions announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on earth.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Encyclopedia of Life Launch Event, National Press Club, Washington, DC, May 9, 2007

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announced a $20 million grant to create the Encyclopedia of Life, which aims to catalogue every living species of animal.
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