A New Strategy for Conservation

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By Cristián Samper

At the Wildlife Conservation Society today we unveiled our WCS: 2020 strategy and, along with it, a new WCS.org website and brand identity. This announcement advances our 120-year mission to save wildlife and wild places.

As the world rapidly changes, our approach to conservation must adapt and evolve. Our WCS: 2020 strategy represents our response to that change and a way to scale up our impact. Our choices today can give us a fighting chance to preserve the intricate balance of species and ecosystems that all lives depend upon.

With this strategy, we will stay focused on our mission to save wildlife and wild places, while emphasizing that our work cannot be implemented in a vacuum and without a large community of partners.

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are an action plan ‘for people, planet and prosperity.’ With our 2020 strategy, we commit to supporting this world agenda and we recognize that the health and welfare of people and communities across the globe are inextricably connected to our mission of protecting wildlife and wild places.

Our WCS: 2020 Goal

To conserve the world’s largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity.

To achieve this goal, we will partner with people, organizations, and governments to support their work and leverage our resources. Collaboration is vital to tackling today’s challenges.

WCS’s six priority species groups include: tortoises & freshwater turtles, whales & dolphins, elephants, apes, big cats, and sharks & rays. Photos by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.

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