This newsletter captures the outputs of the first workshop for developing a basin report card for the Meta River, a crucial tributary to the Orinoco. Held in Puerto Lopez, the workshop gathering input from diverse stakeholders and began to reveal how people and nature value the Meta’s freshwater ecosystems.
A new WWF commissioned analysis shows there is a strong economic case for protecting ocean assets through expanding Marine Protected Areas globally. The report finds that increased protection of critical habitats could result in net benefits of between US $490 billion and US $920 billion accruing over the period 2015-2050.
A soul-sucking ‘dementor’ wasp, a bat with long fangs, a stealthy wolf snake, a color-changing thorny frog, and the world’s second longest insect are among the 139 new species discovered by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2014, according to a new report released by WWF.
A publication by Conservation International and WWF US designed to help consumer goods and retail companies transition to sustainable palm oil. The Guide provides information and guidance on developing and implementing sustainable sourcing programs.
This report identifies 11 regions that will account for more than 80 percent of projected deforestation between 2010 and 2030. If nothing is done, we could lost up to 656,000 square miles of forests (an area more than twice the size of Texas). The report brings together the latest data and expert opinion to identify the regions and the likely causes of deforestation in each place.
Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 brings into focus the economic value our oceans represent for this planet, as the future of humanity depends on their healthy living conditions. While figures in the report are a vast underestimation, the economic assets at risk accurately portray the losses we will incur should we continue on the current destructive trajectory.
BCG Economic Valuation: Methodology and Resources outlines the analysis, assumptions, and data sources that informed Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 and its conclusions regarding the ocean’s annual contribution and asset valuation. This reports triangulates and refines existing primary research with new scientific evidence, generated by the Boston Consulting Group, in order to determine the first economic assessment of this kind.
Implementing robust traceability systems in supply chains makes it possible to obtain reliable, relevant information about many of the fundamental characteristics and qualities of seafood products. WWF's traceability principles are intended as goal statements and can be used as a benchmark that is applicable to a variety of existing or upcoming traceability systems.
Pulp is the base for a lot of products we use every day, such as napkins and paper. Pulp typically comes from natural fibers that are in trees. But purpose-grown and agricultural residue feedstocks – such as bamboo, kenaf and wheat straw—are being explored as alternatives to such fibers.
This assessment of Asian elephants is one in a series resulting from a WWF study that assesses the vulnerability of numerous species to the effects of climate change. These trait based assessments assess climate vulnerability based on the sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and exposure of the species, as well as other threats that the species faces. For each species, we also recommend climate-adaptive management strategies.
The Lacey Act is the primary US policy instrument to prevent the trade of illegal wood and paper products in the US market, helping to alleviate the negative impacts and level the playing field for responsible businesses.
This study by TRAFFIC and WWF finds that while there is no evidence that international trade is currently a threat to the conservation of narwhals, improved monitoring of trade levels is increasingly important as climate change is likely to have a significant impact on narwhal populations.
A new survey of migratory monarchs at their wintering habitat shows a 69% increase in the area they occupied this winter in relation to last year’s winter. Yet this is still the second smallest area occupied by these butterflies in Mexican sanctuaries since 1993.