Since CoP16, international momentum has been building against wildlife crime, with a raft of global declarations and commitments to tackle poaching and wildlife trafficking. CoP17 represents an opportunity to put these commitments into action through strong measures on wildlife crime, corruption, demand reduction and compliance.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) led a mutli-stakeholder process to develop the first internationally recognized frameworkd for implementing comprehensive water stewardship: the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard.
With our partners at University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, WWF is producing, packaging, and sharing a process that can mainstream report card development in basins around the world. By developing report cards in a variety of basins, we can move closer to our goal of securing fresh water for people and nature.
Societies have gone to extraordinary efforts to harness the power of rivers. The world is now poised to double the global hydropower capacity by 2040, along with continued expansion of associated infrastructure rivers. Governments, communities, companies, and conservation organizations are seeking ways to ensure that this development can meet needs for energy and water while maintaining healthy rivers.
A science-based, globally agreed-upon methodology for monitoring and protecting free-flowing rivers could produce the tools, guidance, and information needed to make more sustainable decisions about infrastructure that impacts freshwater ecosystems.
Extreme weather events are adding a new, ominous threat to the monarch butterflies’ key wintering habitat in Mexico, according to a report by the WWF-Telmex-Telcel Alliance, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, and the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
The International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) has developed a Progress Report on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) “market-based measure” that evaluates the environmental benefits included in the most recent publicly available draft.
The International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) works to reduce pollution from air travel. ICSA encourage encourages the aviation industry and the United Nations body in charge of international aviation policy— the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)— to use this checklist when developing an effective plan to cut aviation global warming pollution.
WWF commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to evaluate the supply and sustainability of carbon credits and alternative fuels for international aviation. This WWF summary of SEI’s findings shows there are plenty of good carbon credits and alternative fuels available to achieve, and exceed, ICAO’s 2020 target, and no need at all to use poor quality credits or fuels.
A new WWF report explains the business and economic case for sourcing timber that is from responsibly managed forests. The report explains how committing to 100 percent responsibly managed timber would help the global economy, as well as the economy of the United Kingdom more specifically.
To combat the trade in illegal wildlife products through web-based platforms, e-commerce and social media companies have teamed up to adopt a standardized wildlife policy framework for online trade. This policy simplifies shopping guidelines for consumers, helps educate users about product legality, eliminates the loopholes that make it easy for criminals to traffic wildlife online and presents a unified, global front to stop wildlife crime.
Millions of people depend on water that springs from the high-mountain headwaters of Central Asia. Its towering peaks are home to the endangered snow leopard, ancient cultures, and landscapes that are being too quickly transformed by climate change. Glaciers are melting, snow cover and permafrost are disappearing, and water availability is changing—putting local and downstream communities and ecosystems at risk.
In October 2012, WWF began to address this through the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia's High Mountain Landscapes and Communities Project. The five-year effort promotes a transboundary approach to climate-smart management of high mountain landscapes and enhanced water security throughout the snow leopard range.
On April 5, 2014, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the World Wildlife Fund co-organized the workshop ‘Environmental and Social Risk Management of Chinese transnational corporations’ to foster discussions around the challenges and opportunities for Chinese TNCs and how they can enhance their environmental and social performances overseas. This synthesis report is organized around the three main themes highlighted throughout the workshop.
In April 2016, the Government of Nepal and the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) secretariat hosted two consecutive workshops in Kathmandu, Nepal, aimed at building momentum towards developing climate-smart management plans for snow leopard landscapes identified under the GSLEP to be ‘secured by 2020’. This report summarizes the proceedings of the workshop.
The Paris Agreement, signed by nations around the world in December 2015, is a comprehensive approach to combat climate change. The agreement includes a framework—known as REDD+--for reducing deforestation and forest degradation and increasing carbon storage in forests. In this publication, learn about REDD+ so you can take action to implement and support REDD+ initiatives.
The second edition of a quarterly monthly newsletter summarizing Asia High Mountains (AHM) activities across snow leopard range, as well as a regular column by our partners at the Snow Leopard Trust. Key features include a GSLEP workshop on climate-smart landscape management for nine snow leopard range countries, the first female snow leopard collaring in Nepal and updates on climate, water and livelihood activities across snow leopard range.
The Colombian Orinoco River Basin Report Card—the first of its kind in South America—came out in July 2016. Through a seriew of workshops held across the region, approximately 150 stakeholders came together to pinpoint the most important values and threats to their basin, known as indicators. What we learn about the health of each one of these indicators helps determine the overall health of the river basin. The Colombian Orinoco River Basin received a B-, meaning it's in moderately good health, but some action is needed now.
As Chinese companies become increasingly active in international investment, managing environmental and social risks associated with these investments has become a challenge for these companies and host countries. This report focuses on how such environmental and social risks can be better managed through a collection of papers and discussions from a joint workshop between Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and WWF.
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.