WCS began working in Afghanistan in 2004 and opened a full country program in 2006. With a staff of over 50 full-time national and international experts, we have helped to draft many of Afghanistan’s environmental legislation; trained thousands of Afghan community members, rangers, and government staff in natural resource management; built new community governance institutions; performed ground-breaking studies on a suite of wildlife including snow leopards and Marco Polo sheep; implemented cutting-edge disease, rangeland management, and conflict mitigation projects; and helped design and support Afghanistan’s first and second official protected areas, Band-e-Amir National Park (2009) and Wakhan National Park (2014). WCS is committed long-term to helping the people of Afghanistan build their capacity to protect their unique wildlife and wild landscapes.

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February 11, 2014

WCS Snow Leopard Project

The snow leopards were trapped using special foot-snares that have been modified to decrease the possibility of injury to the animal. They were then anesthetized before being handled and fitted with a special collar that will track their movements via satellite over the next 13 months, by which then the collars will automatically drop off. Based on clinical examinations, the snow leopards were deemed healthy. 

March 7, 2011

Predator-Proof Corrals in Wakhan

Every month, WCS receives numerous letters from the local communities along the Wakhan Corridor, asking WCS for their help following incidents of predation. In remote, subsistence communities such as those in Wakhan, a family’s whole economic security is centered around their livestock which are used for cropping, transportation, trade and for their meat and skins. However, when predators such as wolves and snow leopards lose significant parts of their habitat and prey, they are left with little choice but to predate on a village’s domestic stock, and this can devastate the income of whole families and the larger community.

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Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus and the Wildlife-Livestock Interface

Author(s): Amanda E. Fine, Mathieu Pruvot, Camilla T. O. Benfield, Alexandre Caron, Giovanni Cattoli, Philippe Chardonnet, Maurizio Dioli, Thomas Dulu, Martin Gilbert, Richard Kock, Juan Lubroth, Jeffrey C. Mariner, Stephane Ostrowski, Satya Parida, Sasan Fereidouni, Enkhtuvshin Shiilegdamba, Jonathan M. Sleeman, Claudia Schulz, Jean-Jacques Soula, Yves Van der Stede, Berhe G. Tekola, Chris Walzer, Steffen Zuther, Felix Njeumi and Meeting Participants
Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Year: 2020

World Environment Day on the Roof of the World

Author(s): Wildlife Conservation Society

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Author(s): Global Tiger Initiative,World Bank

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