A TRAFFIC report has exposed a disturbing new shift in the illegal trade of African rhino horn. Highly adaptive, transnational criminal networks operating in Southern Africa have begun processing rhino horn locally to evade detection by enforcement agencies and supply ready-made products to seemingly insatiable consumers in China and Vietnam.
Following China’s announcement late last year of a domestic ivory trade ban by the end of 2017, TRAFFIC and WWF surveys have found that the number of ivory items offered for sale—in both legal and illegal ivory markets in China—has declined alongside falling ivory prices.
A new trade study led by TRAFFIC, with support from WWF and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has established a baseline for the status of the US elephant ivory market around the time that a series of changes to federal regulations were imposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction can cause many adverse environmental impacts. This guide outlines ways in which they can be avoided in Nepal, and good practices can be promoted, in order to reduce future disaster risk and ensure long-term livelihoods and well-being for local people.
The aim of this scorecard is to assess how the Belizean government is currently performing in protecting the reef and to provide some recommendations in the lead-up to the WHC in July 2017 and beyond. We will use this scorecard to track future policies and actions by the Belizean government.
A new study by World Wildlife Fund conducted in Vietnam and Thailand finds more intensive shrimp farming can yield better environmental and economic results. By producing more shrimp per hectare of land, farmers can increase production to meet growing demand for shrimp without increasing pressure on the region’s natural resources.
Water scarcity has created a context of human and societal need wherein water stress has undermined the vitality of rural livelihoods, driven broad migratory movements, become a weapon of war, contributed to the growth of insurgencies and terrorist networks and given rise to increased demand for U.S. development, humanitarian and military assistance.
This report presents climate risk information including observed climate and future projections of temperature, rainfall, sea level rise and various extreme events, and outlines how this information can be used in decision-making.
WWF and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. launched a partnership in 2016 to help ensure the health of our oceans. Marking the one-year anniversary of our five-year partnership, we have made much progress towards achieving our first set of 2020 goals.
This brief aims to help decision-makers across sectors in Myanmar incorporate climate change risks into planning and investment decisions by summarising key messages from a detailed technical analysis of climate change in Myanmar that is released alongside this report.
Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment Indicators, Chapter 6 “Land use related impacts on biodiversity.” L. Milà i Canals, A. Antón, C. Bauer, C. de Camillis, R. Freiermuth, T. Grant, Michelsen, M. Stevenson. United Nations Environment Program, 2016.
Giant pandas have a small population size, long generation time, low reproductive rate, and feed almost exclusively on bamboo, all of which make them less able to adapt to a changing climate. Explore these and other traits which make giant pandas vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.
Peru has a historic opportunity to secure the investments in protected areas that have been made by the government of Peru and donors over the past 20 years. The opportunity is an innovative public-private partnership—called National Parks: Peru’s Natural Legacy—that brings together government commitments, international cooperation and private donors to create a permanent source of funding to properly manage the protected areas.
The assessment presented in this report shows where and how Myanmar’s natural capital contributes to clean and reliable drinking water sources, reduced risks from floods inland and storms along the coasts, and to maintaining the functioning of reservoirs and dams by preventing erosion.
World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF) used data made available from Global Forest Watch and other sources to develop the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment, a tool to help companies, governments, and other end-users assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation.
With support from Global Forest Watch, World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF) developed the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment to explore potential applications of public data platforms to help companies, governments, and other end-users assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation. Download the PDF for more details on the JRA’s methodology.
World Wildlife Fund-US, with support from Global Forest Watch, developed the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment to explore potential applications of public data platforms (such as Global Forest Watch) that allow companies, governments, and other end-users to assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation.
A report form WWF Germany warns the world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050, particularly those in developing coastal countries.
In an effort to tackle the challenge of “desire reduction” of consumers, WWF commissioned a guide, Reducing Desire for Ivory: A Psychosocial Guide to Address Ivory Consumption that presents a new lens through which to view conservation campaigns and their audiences taking on complex dimensions (psychological, cultural, social, and emotional) of ivory consumption.