Smart from the Start: Responsible Renewable Energy Development in the Southern San Joaquin Valley

The recommendations presented in the report are based on Defenders’ analysis of the opportunities and constraints for renewable energy development in the southern San Joaquin

NGO Legal Acquisition Finding Recommendations

A CITES shipment must be considered legal only when it is accompanied by a permit issued by the Management Authority of the exporting country, after making the Legal Acquisition Finding and receiving the Non-Detriment Finding from the Scientific Authority. This document provides guidance recommendations for CITES Authorities to issue an export, import or re-export CITES permit.

SSN Shark Newsletter - Spring 2018

Shark newsletter includes news from around the world on the status, international trade and new regulations for sharks and mantas.

In the Shadow of the Wall

From the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border passes through regions rich in biological diversity and communities engaged in conservation.

Conservation Hotspots at Risk on the Arizona Border

The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots, including two in Arizona, the Sonoran Desert and the Sky Islands. These are areas important to endangered and threatened species and other wildlife and in which the United States and Mexico have significant investments in conservation lands and collaborative projects.

Conservation Hotspots at Risk in the Texas Borderlands

The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots where the United States and Mexico have significant investments in conservation lands and collaborative projects to protect endangered and threatened species and other wildlife. Texas has two hotspots: the Big Bend area along the Rio Grande to the west and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast in the east.

Conservation Lands and Collaborations at Risk in the California Borderlands

The 2,000-mile u.s.-mexico border passes through several conservation hotspots, including the coastal area of southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico, known as the Californias. Seventy-two percent of the border here is already blocked by fencing. Adding even more would have devastating consequences for wildlife, people and binational conservation efforts and investments.

Buoying Washington State's Response to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

The Puget Sound is home to a diverse marine ecosystem and several endangered species, including southern resident orcas and their primary prey, chinook salmon. The sound is also home to an active boating community, which comes with an unfortunate downside: abandoned and derelict vessels. Owners who have either lost interest or can no longer afford to operate and maintain their vessels often leave them to sit and deteriorate. Over time, decay and storms set many abandoned vessels adrift. These derelict vessels wash ashore or sink and are a major source of pollution harmful to orcas, salmon and other marine wildlife.