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Securing the Third Pole: Science, Conservation, and Community Resilience in Asia’s High Mountains

“Change is everywhere where snow leopards live,” said World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vice President Kate Newman at a recent Wilson Center event. “The life of the snow leopard is intimately intertwined with the lives of the people in these high mountains,” she said. If you care about water security and climate resilience in Asia, you should also care about the integrity of the snow leopard’s habitat, added Koustubh Sharma of the Snow Leopard Trust.

Measuring What Matters

The wellbeing and happiness of people and the animals they live and work with are deeply intertwined. In their new report, Measuring What Matters: True Wellbeing for Animals and People, researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigate the ways people are impacted by lives of the animals around them.

Illegal Wildlife Trade

The dark and deadly business of profiting from endangered species is an unfortunate growth industry. We spoke to one of the world’s leading experts on illegal wildlife trade, Susan Lieberman (Wildlife Conservation Society), to assess the scope of the problem and to learn about what’s being done to stop it. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW


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.


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.