The Forest First approach. On 26th February 2021, and following a webinar organised in December 2020, WCS published a report titled 'The Forest First approach: A new framing that addresses supply chain risk and reduces deforestation at the forest and farm frontier', which provides a comprehensive overview of WCS’s Forest First Approach. WCS also developed a brochure alongside the report which presents some case studies from WCS’s work in the field. More information on the WCS Forest First approach is available here.
EU ivory trade. On 25th February 2021, WCS EU submitted a response to the public consultation on ‘Wildlife trade – alignment of EU rules with recent decisions taken under the CITES convention and changes to EU ivory trade rules’. WCS EU and other NGOs also developed a joint statement and sent a joint letter to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans calling for the closure of the EU ivory market.
One Health and Biodiversity. On 14th January 2021, the EU Parliament's ENVI Committee organised a public hearing on “Facing the sixth mass extinction and increasing risk of pandemics: what role for the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030”, which included an intervention by Dr. Chris Walzer, Executive Director, WCS Health Program (see the full programme here and the video recording here). In the context of this event, WCS EU developed a document with several recommendations on how the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 can help reduce the risk of pandemics of zoonotic origin. To access the document please click here.
One Planet Summit. On 11th January 2021, a One Planet Summit on Biodiversity was held in Paris, under the leadership of President Macron, gathering political leaders and CEOs, pledging to reverse the destruction of nature (see the video recording here). This high-level event included an intervention by Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO. To access the full statement please click here.