Biodiversity

Closing Elephant-Sized Loopholes in the Illegal Wildlife Trade: CITES CoP17 and the Path Forward

The illegal wildlife trade has seen a dramatic and lucrative resurgence in the past few years. Some of the world’s most iconic species—elephants, rhinos and tigers—are being poached to the brink of extinction to feed the international market.

Understanding Migratory Birds to Advance Competitiveness in the North American Region

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Canada Institute —through the Program for North American Competitiveness— along with the North American Conservation Initiative (NABCI) and The Nature Conservancy, hosted an event to celebrate the Centennial of the first 

Sharon Guynup on Wildlife Trafficking

Sharon Guynup has traveled the globe to photograph and report on many of the world’s most endangered species. She joins us to discuss the dark world of wildlife trafficking and international efforts to stop the practice before it’s too late for a wide range of animals on several continents. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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Gene Editing: A Next Generation Tool for Invasive Species Management?

Biotechnology is a transformative technology, giving rise to a range of new products and applications, including for invasive species management. New developments in gene editing, such as CRISPR-Cas, allow us to easily rewrite sections of an organism’s DNA in a way that promotes the spread of maladaptive traits through a population. These “gene drives” hold promise as a method for controlling or even eradicating major invasive species, such as herbicide-resistant weeds, disease-vectoring mosquitoes, rats on islands, and Asian carps.

Transcending Boundaries: Peace Parks and Wild Women

Speakers:

Sara Canals, Documentary Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

Elizabeth Carrera, Peace & Conflict Impact Assessment Fellow, International Peace Park Expeditions

The Pioneers of Amazon Research: A Conversation with Dr. John Hemming

The Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center is pleased to invite you to a conversation with renowned British explorer, author, and entrepreneur Dr. John Hemming on “Naturalists in Paradise: Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon”, his latest book on the great pioneers of Amazon research. The volume details the harrowing journeys in the wilderness of South America’s rain forest of nineteenth century British explorers Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates and Richard Spruce.

“Broken Landscape” Wins Environmental Reporting Award From Society of Environmental Journalists

 WASHINGTON – Broken Landscape has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the category of Outstanding Feature Story by the Society of Environmental Journalists' Awards for Reporting on the Environment.

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