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.
Companies are increasingly setting and pursing ‘water balance targets’ as part of their water stewardship strategies. This paper explores the history, challenges and opportunities of water balance targets, and how important it is for such goals to be grounded in the realities of each unique watershed.
With massive infrastructure plans threatening all tiger landscapes and risking recent gains in tiger conservation, Asian governments must adopt a sustainable approach to infrastructure planning and construction or drive tigers toward extinction, according to a new analysis by WWF.
Released at the halfway point of an ambitious global effort to double the number of wild tigers between 2010 and 2022, The Road Ahead: Protecting Tigers from Asia’s Infrastructure Development Boom highlights the unprecedented threat posed by a vast network of planned infrastructure across the continent.
The current elephant poaching crisis costs African countries around $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Comparing this lost revenue with the cost of halting declines in elephant populations due to poaching, the study determines that investment in elephant conservation is economically favorable across the majority of African elephants’ range.
The Living Planet Report, produced every two years by WWF, is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. By providing an overview of the state of the natural world, human impacts and potential solutions, it aims to support governments, communities, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions on using and protecting the planet’s resources.
Snow Leopard poaching and trafficking is revisited 13 years after TRAFFIC's 2003 report on this subject, Fading Footprints: The Killing and Trade of Snow Leopards. This report summarizes range-wide research on snow leopard crime covering the period from 2003-2016 and addresses major information gaps concerning the linkage between retaliatory killing for livestock depredation and the commercial trade in snow leopard parts. (55 page Technical Report)
An overview of WWF Asia High Mountains Project snow leopard research, community conservation, climate adaptation, and livelihood work at project sites in Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan. Also includes a brief overview of WWF support for the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program. (18 page Brochure)
A report on findings of the WWF Asia High Mountains Project-supported 2012-2014 snow leopard camera trap survey of Wangchuck Centennial National Park in Bhutan. This was the first systematic snow leopard survey in WCNP and provides the first estimates of snow leopard population size, density, and distribution in Bhutan’s largest protected area. (35 page Technical Report)
This rapid assessment by TRAFFIC of domestic ivory markets in the U.S. finds that state bans seem to be having an impact on reducing the open availability of elephant ivory in formerly significant urban markets.
Offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic is a disastrous idea. It would lead to the release of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere at a time when we should be cutting emissions. There’s also the near-certain risk of spills. This infographic lays out the detailed case for keeping the oil under the sea.
Climate change is already changing the Arctic, and current carbon reduction commitments will not be enough to stop this transformation cold. This executive summary of a July 2016 Columbia Climate Center workshop details why global leaders must focus on helping the region adapt and accelerate a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Climate change is already changing the Arctic, and current carbon reduction commitments will not be enough to stop this transformation cold. Instead, world leaders must focus on helping the region adapt and accelerate a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This paper summarizes the outcomes of this workshop and highlights how world leaders can move forward.
WWF has scored 137 companies on their use of certified sustainable palm oil, which is grown in ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, preserve forests and fresh water, and protect wildlife. See which brands are taking action and which are falling short.
The Plowprint Report, which includes both a general information and technical version, has been developed to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss, and to offer a consistent way for the conservation community to track year-to-year grassland conversion to cropland across the focal regions of the Mississippi River Basin and Great Plains. This is the first edition of the full technical report, which will be released on an annual basis.
The Plowprint Report, which includes both a general information and technical version, has been developed to broaden public awareness of grasslands loss, and to offer a consistent way for the conservation community to track year-to-year grassland conversion to cropland across the focal regions of the Mississippi River Basin and Great Plains. This is the first edition of the report, which will be released on an annual basis.
WWF and TRAFFIC believe that an ivory trade ban in China is feasible and could be effective in contributing to a reduction in current threats to African elephants. Such an ambitious and achievable act could garner positive exposure for China's responsible action on a critical wildlife conservation issue and become a positive influence on other countries' efforts to tackle the illicit ivory trade.
A new report from WWF highlights important signs that an unstoppable global energy transition is underway. The report notes that the recently agreed Paris Agreement on climate change draws a line in the sand for the transformation of the world’s energy system into a clean and sustainable form.