• in Mongolia

    Nomadic Nature Trunks are an important tool for supporting community-based conservation and building lasting conservation constituencies among Mongolia's dispersed herder communities.
  • In Kenyan Coast

    Communities along Kenya's coast are actively managing a system of fisheries closures, called tengefu, to build sustainable management systems for their fisheries.
  • in India

    Voluntary resettlement offers an additional option for addressing the lose-lose scenarios faced by people and wildlife in and around nature reserves characterized by small areas and high human populations
  • When WCS helped 10 communities establish a network of marine protected areas, both reefs and families thrived
  • A 10-year participatory process provides a starting point for effective natural resource governance and improved human wellbeing.
  • By implementing their land management plan, the Tacana people have dramatically reduced deforestation within their territory.
  • The Tacana Indigenous People's Council established Matusha Aid'a to manage and benefit from the sustainable harvest and sale of caiman
  • Cultivating shade-grown cacao is an economic and environmental win-win
  • WCS helped communities successfully re-route a superhighway

    WCS helped communities successfully re-route a superhighway

    In Nigeria

    By moving a road, at no additional cost, communities protected traditional lands, and conserved endangered gorilla habitat.
  • Communities adopt conservation practices when learning from each other

    Communities adopt conservation practices when learning from each other

    WCS’ Community Exchange Days encourage local adoption of practices to address the challenges of living in large protected areas
  • Nine traditional communities have decided to protect their forests

    Nine traditional communities have decided to protect their forests

    In Papua New Guinea

    On Manus Island 67 clans worked with WCS to halt deforestation on their lands
  • Recognizing Community Rights Supports Wellbeing and Conservation

    Recognizing Community Rights Supports Wellbeing and Conservation

    In Cambodia

  • Locally Managed Marine Areas Protect Increased Fish Biomass and Secure Livelihoods

    Locally Managed Marine Areas Protect Increased Fish Biomass and Secure Livelihoods

    In Madagascar

    Creation and community management of 26 Locally Managed Marine Protected Areas, in Madagascar’s Antongil Bay, have empowered local communities to manage fisheries resources.
  • Helping farmers raise yields and incomes, adapt to climate change while saving forests

    Helping farmers raise yields and incomes, adapt to climate change while saving forests

    In Uganda

    Community savings groups are self-financing climate-smart agriculture, increasing crop production, and reducing forest clearing.
  • WildSeve reduces the cost of living with wildlife for over 6000 families

    WildSeve reduces the cost of living with wildlife for over 6000 families

    In India

    The WCS WildSeve program fosters tolerance of wild animals in India by helping families secure the wildlife conflict compensation payments they are owed by the government
  • WCS helped communities successfully re-route a superhighway
  • Communities adopt conservation practices when learning from each other
  • Nine traditional communities have decided to protect their forests
  • Recognizing Community Rights Supports Wellbeing and Conservation
  • Locally Managed Marine Areas Protect Increased Fish Biomass and Secure Livelihoods
  • Helping farmers raise yields and incomes, adapt to climate change while saving forests
  • WildSeve reduces the cost of living with wildlife for over 6000 families

Improving Governance


WCS works with local communities to ensure they have the authority, power, and capacity to govern their lands and waters to conserve wildlife and secure community livelihoods, wellbeing and cultural Identity.

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