The African Nature-Based Tourism Platform worked with partners to conduct surveys assessing the impact of COVID-19 on communities and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) within the nature-based tourism sector.
A color-changing lizard, a thick-thumbed bat, a venomous snake named after a Chinese mythological goddess, an orchid that looks like a Muppet, and a tree frog with skin that resembles thick moss are five of the 380 new species described by scientists in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia in 2021 and 2022, according to a new report releasing soon by WWF.
Zero Wild Meat was an innovative campaign launched by WWF between October and December 2022 that spotlighted two serious threats—risks to public health and risks to nature—in order to reduce the consumption of wild meat in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR.
A new briefing from WWF and TRAFFIC finds distressing evidence of documented snaring cases involving a minimum of 387 big cats (tigers, leopards, snow leopards, and Asiatic lions) across seven Asian countries between 2012-2021, with a majority of cases documented outside protected areas.
The Living with Tigers report is in many respects a direct response to a considerable conservation success story, which is that wild tiger populations are on the rise following a 2010 agreement by tiger range countries and their partners to double the global population of the species by 2022. This recovery has been highly uneven though, with South Asia accounting for the vast majority of this increase.
A "game-changing" ban on commercial processing and trade in elephant ivory was implemented by the State Council, China's Cabinet, on December 31, 2017. TRAFFIC and WWF commissioned GlobeScan before the ban became effective in 2017 to conduct the largest-ever ivory consumer research in China. This research has been conducted annually using the same methodology and surveying consumers in the same 15 cities. We believe this to be the most in-depth, longest-running research effort into consumer demand for ivory to date.
This report explains the complexity of human-wildlife conflict and its underlying drivers; illustrates the direct impacts of human-wildlife conflict at various levels; highlights the need for more attention to this subject; describes ways to address it by unlocking solutions and moving towards coexistence, and provides an outlook on the future of coexistence between people and wildlife.
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.
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.
WWF Mongolia, in partnership with the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), and numerous other partners helped to conduct Mongolia’s first ever large-scale snow leopard population and habitat assessment.
The global Living Planet Index continues to decline. It shows an average 68% decrease in population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish between 1970 and 2016. A 94% decline in the LPI for the tropical subregions of the Americas is the largest fall observed in any part of the world.
The threat of bycatch has yet to be eliminated, so these guidelines provide a practical tool to minimize its impacts by guiding fishers in the safe release of small cetaceans entangled in their gear, thus decreasing the risk of further injury or stress and increasing the chances of post-release survival.
The Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes is an updated and expanded tool to help law enforcement officers, forensic scientists, online technology company enforcement staff and wildlife trade management authorities distinguish between types of ivories and their substitutes. This Guide includes detailed procedures, visual aids, and instructions for recognizing ivory products, particularly those that have undergone heavy alterations such as carving and painting.
This report details the scale of the snaring crisis, and its impacts on people, nature, and wildlife, and lays out a set of recommendations, which if taken holistically, could help halt and reverse this crisis.
The single most obvious thread that runs through the survey completed by patrol rangers at nearly 500 sites in 28 countries is that rangers are facing excessive safety and health risks that could be significantly reduced with the appropriate interventions.
WWF has conducted the largest consumer survey about ivory trade in China—2,000 people in 15 cities—for three consecutive years with GlobeScan, providing the best available assessment measuring changes in attitudes, purchasing and ban awareness over time.
Poaching and the illegal trade of tiger parts are continuing to threaten wild tiger populations. TRAFFIC’s latest report on the illegal trade in tiger parts analyzes data over a 19 year period from 2000 to 2018, providing details and statistics on trends and the urgent threats facing wild tigers.
Japan is a country with one of the world’s largest ivory markets and flourishing domestic trade. Although Japan has taken some steps in amending its legal framework around the ivory trade, the domestic markets still remain open and are thus contributing to the illegal domestic ivory trade. This report analyzes best practices related to the commercial ivory trade in six international jurisdictions to ultimately provide a guide for how Japan can improve its legal and regulatory measures on this issue.
Turning the Tide highlights some of WWF’s important successes and lessons learned as we’ve worked to preserve these species over the last 50 years, as well as how we can apply these experiences going forward.
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand for natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.
This publication, assessing Asian and African ranger welfare perceptions, is the largest of its kind ever conducted with an aim to influence policy changes by providing a tool and evidence for use in lobbying government agencies. The report contains global data from 17 countries surveyed as well as regional data accompanied by quotes from rangers and personal stories.
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