10 Rivers at Risk highlights threats posed by hydropower to free-flowing rivers & the diverse benefits they provide to people and nature. The report includes case studies of the 10 priority rivers that are threatened around the world: Asia—Mekong, Irrawaddy and Sepik; Europe—Vjosa, Vistula, and Isel; Africa—Mara and Kavango; and Latin America and the Caribbean—Tapajos and Upper Paraguay. To save these rivers, governments, developers, and investors can act to reassess renewable energy portfolios that focus on low cost, low carbon, and low conflict energy options to benefit the rivers and surrounding communities.
Wildlife dispersal from one forested area to another is crucial for gene flow and maintaining genetic diversity. Unfortunately, growing urbanization and development across landscapes has led to the fragmentation of forested wildlife habitats and, today, these patches of forests are primarily contained within protected areas. Corridors, which include defined forested areas intermixed with grasslands and wetlands, provide connectivity between protected areas and are integral for easy dispersal of wildlife populations in conservation landscapes. With wildlife populations declining globally, it is imperative to prioritize or scale up restoration efforts in corridors, particularly in large natural areas and interconnected forests.
This publication addresses the many interventions, achievements, challenges, and setbacks faced while restoring the critical corridors of the Terai Arc Landscape, highlighting its relationship with the Government of Nepal, local communities, and conservation partners.
In order to achieve No Plastic in Nature by 2030, a combination of various coordinated strategies must be pursued. Strategies driven by the private sector must include reducing single use plastic, shifting to sustainable inputs for necessary plastic, improving end-of-life management, designing longer-living products, and extended producer responsibility. These approaches must be paired with government and consumer action including international policy, improvements to waste management, and increased public awareness.
WWF is cautious in regard to plastic crediting because there are not yet clear standards/processes associated with this concept and, depending on how they are developed, crediting mechanisms may enable companies to claim they are taking action without making substantial changes to their business. Business as usual will not solve the global plastic pollution crisis. WWF acknowledges that, if developed appropriately, plastic crediting has the potential to drive investment towards circular systems.
WWF believes only credible plastic crediting systems that contribute to transformational change should be pursued. Plastic crediting activities may serve as an ADDITIONAL approach to robust plastic waste reduction strategies if a strong and credible standard for crediting exists and is adhered to, prerequisites are defined and met, and strong social and environmental safeguards are upheld. Any claims based on credits must be supported by transparent reporting of the company’s plastic footprint (see Transparent 2020 for an example of comprehensive plastic reporting). WWF does not support the use of the terms “plastic neutral” or “plastic neutrality” as they do not clearly convey true environmental impact.
In the summer of 2019, WWF launched an emergency fund in response to the fires raging in the Amazon. In the summer of 2019, WWF launched an emergency fund in response to the fires raging in the Amazon. At their peak in August, there were 30,901 fire outbreaks recorded – three times that of August 2018.
This first-ever systematic review of snow leopard research conducted to date highlights some glaring gaps in our knowledge of this elusive and threatened big cat and reveals that lack of basic data could be hampering their conservation.
ArcNet is a network of priority areas for marine conservation that spans the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Conserving these ecosystems strengthens the resilience of Arctic biodiversity in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Learn what role we all can play in protecting the arctic in this brochure.
WWF has developed ArcNet—a network of priority areas for marine conservation—across the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. The network is based on comprehensive, rigorous scientific analysis and best-available data. ArcNet reflects the web of marine life and ecological functions across a connected ocean that underpins the diverse values of people in the region and beyond.
In late 2020, WWF commissioned GlobeScan to conduct research to build upon previous consumer analysis to generate up-to-date insights about ivory consumption and consumer perceptions toward the ivory ban after its implementation (Dec. 31, 2017). This study follows previous research conducted by GlobeScan in 2017, 2018, and 2019 on both the pre-and post-domestic ivory ban in Mainland China.
Undervalued and overlooked, the world's freshwater fish are critical for the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people—and the health of rivers, lakes, and wetlands—but 1/3rd of them are already threatened with extinction. Promoting thriving populations of freshwater fishes and the ecosystems within which they thrive is a priority for WWF and the 15 organizations and alliances that produced this report.
WWF has made it a priority to combat plastic waste. To inform this work, WWF retained Corona Insights in 2020 to develop and implement research to understand the public’s awareness of the issue, current behaviors around usage and recycling, and attitudes toward plastics in the United States.
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