Happy Holidays from your partners at WWF!
As we wrap up 2022, I want to reflect on the conservation impact made during the year. The Year of the Tiger held tremendous significance, with the big cats’ numbers on the rise in some countries. Though, the Year of the Tiger also symbolizes resilience in the face of challenges, and from the 2022 Living Planet Report, we know we have a long way to go to combat climate change and biodiversity loss. Together with the corporate sector, we have the capabilities to help build a nature-positive society. And through your support this year, we’ve made unprecedented progress toward that goal.
WWF launched the Forest, Land, and Agriculture Guidance under the Science Based Targets initiative, providing the world’s first standard method for companies in the forest, land, and agriculture sectors to set science-based targets for land-based emissions and removals. We continued to focus on key areas across sectors, including climate, deforestation and conversion-free supply chains, food waste, sustainable seafood, and regenerative agriculture. Next year will bring a continuation of this work with the launch Science Based Targets for Water, where we can look forward to more holistic progress towards sustainable business practices.
We also made great strides in combatting plastic waste, building on a historic resolution passed at the UN Environmental Assembly to develop an international, legally binding agreement on plastic pollution. In response, over 80 organizations have joined the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty.
What’s more, despite the period of drought that has crippled parts of the Northern Great Plains (NGP) over the past two years, we made progress both on reseeding grassland and flower habitats and increasing support for ranchers and sustainable grazing practices. We expanded our work across key landscapes, including accelerating our efforts to protect, responsibly manage, and restore critical forest landscapes in Brazil, Peru, and Australia, reached new milestones with partners in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo region, and advanced nature-positive seascapes in Chile. We also encouraged consumers on energy-saving eco-habits, and helped more employees become sustainability champions at work and at home.
The progress we made together in 2022 is no small feat, and this is only a snapshot of those accomplishments. We thank you for your dedication and contribution.
We wish all our partners in conservation a wonderful holiday season. Looking forward to 2023, to a year of continued progress. Let’s keep this momentum going—for people, for nature, and for business.