Extra Terrestrial spotlights 10 species newly identified by science, among the 82 plants, 13 fish, 21 reptiles, 5 amphibians and 5 mammals all discovered in 2011 within the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia that spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan. Since 1997, an incredible 1,710 new species were newly described by science in the Greater Mekong.
This report summarizes the views of a number of governments and international organizations on illicit wildlife trafficking. These views were collected through a series of structured interviews, and this report is the first to provide a snapshot of current governmental and intergovernmental opinions on this topic.
Following the 2012 Fuller Symposium, a full-day Wildlife Crime Experts Workshop was held at WWF US Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This Workshop focused on Rethinking Conventional Responses: Integrated Approaches in the Fight against Wildlife Crime.
Healthy and plentiful fisheries are not only good for marine ecosystems, but they are critical to the health, employment and prosperity of over a billion people around the world that rely on fisheries for food and jobs. Yet, half the globe’s fisheries have been pushed to their limits and another third have been pushed beyond their limits. The percentage of these “overfished” species has nearly quadrupled since the 1970s. A rights-based management program is one tool to address this issue. They convey and manage exclusive entitlements that allow a person, company, fishing vessel, community or village to fish in a particular place at a particular time.
What does responsible investment look like in the 21st century? This edition is dedicated to helping provide investors with tools and resources for identifying responsible companies and projects in agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities, with a specific focus on a sector of mounting interest to many investors: aquaculture.
A set of guidelines for individual Buddhist practitioners produced by WWF and His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The guidelines, which have been adopted by Buddhist centers worldwide, relate to protecting forests and wildlife; conserving rivers, lakes and wetlands; conserving water in a monastery; adopting green design; saving energy; adapting to climate change; and managing waste.
A book of environmental guidelines for Buddhist monasteries, centers and communities produced by WWF and His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The guidelines address issues related to the protection of forests, water and wildlife, as well as waste management and climate change.
A rapidly growing global population, accelerating consumption, dietary shifts, climate change and other factors are driving unprecedented price volatility, resource shortages, and other risks in soft commodity supply chains. These challenges pose material, reputational, and systemic risk to investors.WWF seeks to untangle this complexity. Providing distilled guidance based on leading industry practice, The 2050 Criteria is designed to serve as a field guide for investors to access mainstream agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities in a responsible manner.
An update of a previous report, commissioned by WWF and developed by Accenture Development Partnerships in 2009, that evaluates four wild-capture seafood sustainability certification programs (the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute, the Friend of the Sea, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) according to WWF’s criteria. Of the four, MSC still remains the best certification program for maintaining healthy fish stocks and reducing ecosystem impacts of fisheries.
Since our founding in 1961, protecting rare and endangered species has been a core focus of WWF’s mission to save a living planet. Our success has helped bring many species back from the brink of extinction, while preserving rich and varied ecosystems that sustain local people and countless plants and animals. But the global extinction crisis is escalating: habitat destruction, poaching, wildlife trafficking, climate change and other destructive human activities have led to an extinction rate that is 100 to 1,000 times higher than the expected natural rate.
This factsheet details basic facts about polar bears, the key threats to their existence, and WWF’s solutions and actions for protecting polar bears’ Arctic habitat from climate change, industrial threats and other harmful human activities.
This fact sheet explains the current statistics and facts about polar bears and their habitat, asserting that, based on conservative estimates on sea ice shrinkage rates, two-thirds of the polar bear population would become extinct by 2050.
This fact sheet details the largest issues facing the Arctic as a result of climate change, including the melting of permafrost and the subsequent release of methane and CO2, and provides an overview of how they negatively impact Arctic vegetation and the ability for Arctic species to survive.
Climate change adds new threats to fish species over and above those posed by pollution, overexploitation and other factors. The largest threats are rising water temperatures that reduce the growth rates and survival, ocean acidification killing coral reefs, sea changes caused by thawing ice and ocean current disturbances.
This brochure explains how oil and gas drilling is expected to bring in approximately $7.7 billion over the 25-40 years experts believe it will take to extract these finite resources from Bristol Bay and the North Aleutian Basin.
This fact sheet demonstrates the need for international guidelines for protecting marine environments in light of increasing offshore development and its potentially adverse effects on the Arctic marine environment.