South & Central America & The Caribbean

World Oceans Day – Focus on the Galapagos

With today being World Oceans Day, CMS is looking at Ecuador, which in March this year designated 40,000 square kilometres of the waters around the Galapagos Islands as conservation areas.

07 June 2016

Dams threaten future of Amazonian biodiversity major new study warns

River dolphins, giant otters, turtles, fish, birds and monkeys are all at risk if 246 Amazon dams go forward — mostly in the Tapajós basin and Andes headwaters

06 June 2016

Conservationists debate how to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise

Report recommends breeding the endangered species – which is the world’s smallest porpoise – in captivity, but some experts disagree

06 June 2016

El cetáceo más pequeño del mundo, al borde de la desaparición

La población de vaquita marina que habita en el Golfo de California ha disminuido un 40% en el último año. Quedan 60 ejemplares de la especie

17 May 2016

Ausrottung: Es leben nur noch 60 Kalifornische Schweinswale

Sie verenden im Fischernetzen - trotz längst angekündigter Schutzmaßnahmen: Die kleinste Walart der Welt, der Kalifornische Schweinswal, ist akut vom Aussterben bedroht.

14 May 2016

World's smallest porpoise 'at the edge of extinction' as illegal gillnets take toll

Now only 60 of Mexico’s vaquita marina left despite the navy enforcing a ban on the fishing net, latest study shows

14 May 2016

Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation

Unless a system-wide approach to conservation is applied to Amazon basin lakes, floodplains and rivers, we could soon see a collapse of the region’s fish populations.

13 May 2016

The social implications of vicuña trafficking

Benito A. González, Chairperson of the IUCN SSC South American Camelid Specialist Group discusses cultural and criminal aspects of vicuña poaching in Latin America

12 May 2016

The Galapagos’ fight against alien invaders

The introduction of alien species is a major problem for the Galapagos Islands, to which the British naturalist Charles Darwin brought immortal fame with his book on evolution, On the origin of

11 May 2016