The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what this means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN). In this year’s annual report, we invite you to look back on the program’s outstanding accomplishments and to remember Russ Train, a conservation champion whose vision continues to inspire us all. EFN supported more than 150 individuals and organizations this year – an investment in capacity building that has helped improve conservation outcomes in more than 60 countries around the world. The release of the annual report is not only a great time to look back at successes throughout the past year, but also an opportunity to look ahead at the great work to come. Thanks to an extremely generous donation, EFN launched a new faculty fellowship program to improve graduate-level education in Africa, Asia and Latin America. EFN also plans to award more than 200 grants and fellowships in the coming year and maximize our impact in places such as Myanmar and Mozambique.
The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program is the largest tropical forest conservation program in history: 128 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon have been protected through the program. An innovative financing approach has been used to ensure the land is permanently protected. Read more about this approach, called Project Finance for Permanence.
Despite all efforts made to date, the most recent acoustic data show the vaquita population to be declining at 18.5% per year. The best estimate of current abundance is 97 vaquitas of which fewer than 25 are likely to be reproductively mature females.
Monthly monitoring of Bangkok’s domestic ivory market by TRAFFIC reveals a near trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in the past 18 months and a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand's capital city.
An extraordinary 367 new species were discovered in the Greater Mekong in 2012 and 2013. Among the species newly described by scientists are 290 plants, 24 fish, 21 amphibians, 28 reptiles, 1 bird and 3 mammals.
These discoveries, painstakingly identified and recorded by the world’s scientists and compiled here by WWF-Greater Mekong, demonstrate that the region is the frontline for scientific exploration.
The study, the first of its kind, conducted by CIFOR and jointly funded by WWF and CIFOR, utilizes a robust methodology to compare nine FSC certified and nine noncertified forest management units across Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, to assess whether certification yields social benefits above and beyond noncertified FMUs. Overall, the study firmly and consistently confirms that FSC certification has indeed yielded additional social benefit in the Congo Basin.
Indonesia is one of the major exporters of timber products in the world. It is also one of the key countries with serious illegal logging and deforestation issues. Indonesia developed a timber legality certification system to address this problem. This 2014 report includes an assessment of that system and all of the certificates that had been issued under it at the time of the study.
The China’s Future Generation report shows how by embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80% renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal.