Industrial Business

Commercial Logging in Cameroon Photo
WCS is working with industries to improve environmental management throughout logging concessions.
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Industries operate in many wild landscapes and seascapes. In some cases, their impacts cause direct degradation of wildlife habitat. In other cases, the effects of development are indirect, such as the building of roads into remote areas that inadvertently provide access to settlers and poachers. WCS is working with industries to improve environmental management throughout logging concessions, commercial fisheries, gas and oil fields, mining sites, and in other places where wildlife is at risk from natural resource exploitation. We work to ensure that industrial development plans take into account conservation goals and are not at odds with a local economies and values. WCS also assists in the development of standards and best practices that can help guide investment decisions, and works with governments to support regulatory efforts and develop monitoring protocols to ensure compliance with environmental standards.

WCS Projects

Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program

WCS and its partners in the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program explore and test modes of compensating the earth for pollution, habitat destruction, and other consequences of industrial growth and development.

Energy Development in the Albertine Rift

Uganda’s Albertine Rift is a wildlife haven and an important source of food and water to local people. It also harbors important hydrocarbon reserves, and is a target for the country’s growing energy industry. WCS works to ensure the industry operates sustainably, with regard for the vulnerability of the surrounding environment.

Gas Pipeline from Bolivia to Brazil

WCS and the Capitanía de Alto y Bajo Isoso, the indigenous organization representing the Guaraní people of Bolivia’s Chaco, have worked as partners for more than 15 years. The partnership has helped both institutions deal with challenges arising from the rapid expansion of Bolivia’s hydrocarbon industry into this fragile landscape.

Logging Concession in Congo

WCS works with the CIB logging company to reduce the pressures on gorillas, elephants, and other endangered wildlife in four timber concessions and to control the trade in bushmeat. This collaborative project is called PROGEPP: the Project for Ecosystem Management in the Nouabalé-Ndoki Periphery Area.

Oil and Gas Exploration in the Gulf of Guinea

As oil and gas companies expand their reach into the world’s oceans, probing the depths for untapped stores of energy, many marine creatures could be under threat. WCS’s Ocean Giants Program is working off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in west-central Africa to identify and mitigate the potential impacts of the industry’s activities to marine mammals and their habitats.

From the Newsroom

Support for People and Wildlife Merge in Ecuador’s Yasuní National ParkMarch 6, 2013

WCS works with Ecuadorian communities to promote financial and environmental sustainability in the country's Yasuní National Park. Writing for National Geographic NewsWatch, Galo Zapata, WCS's Ecology and Wildlife Management Coordinator for Ecuador, underscores the need for collaborative conservation as economic developments threaten previously untouched wild places.  

As Natural Gas Fields Grow, Pronghorn Habitat ShrinksMay 3, 2012

A five-year behavioral study shows that pronghorn in Wyoming are losing their wintering grounds to large-scale industrialization.

Andean Cats Stray from the AndesMarch 16, 2011

A WCS survey finds an endangered Andean cat population living lower than ever, down from the Andes Mountains and onto the Patagonian Steppe.

A Lot of Eggs in One Arctic BasketMarch 10, 2011

A four-year WCS study finds the Teshekpuk Lake region within the National Petroleum Reserve to hold the highest breeding bird density in Arctic Alaska—one solid reason for its permanent protection from energy development.

Striking Balance in the Arctic October 13, 2010

WCS asks the government to fully protect “Special Areas” in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve for caribou and migratory birds.


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