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 regular 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.
To help companies reduce their water risks and impacts on local watersheds, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund have launched the AgWater Challenge – an initiative that aims to highlight leadership, as well as new, improved commitments on water stewardship, specifically stronger, more transparent targets around agricultural supply chains. Leveraging World Food Day on October 16, 2016, the initiative will highlight actions taken by companies and will raise awareness of the important role the private sector can play in addressing food and water security.
This document presents a story of threat and opportunity for one of Africa's largest World Heritage sites. Based on historic trends of elephant poaching, by early 2022 we could see the last of Selous' elephants gunned down by heavily armed and well-trained criminal networks that have turned poaching into an industrial scale global threat to conservation.
This Ranger Perceptions: Africa survey is the second in the series of report that aim to shed light on wildlife ranger working conditions. The intent of this survey -- like the previous one on Asia's rangers and the upcoming one on rangers in Latin America -- is to provide a snapshot of rangers' personal views of their working conditions, and so gain a deeper insight into the factors that affect their motivation.
In 2005, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided the first global assessment of the world’s ecosystems and ecosystem services. It concluded that recent trends in ecosystem change threatened human well-being due to declining ecosystem services, a bleak prophecy which has galvanized conservation organizations, ecologists, and economists to work towards rigorous valuations of ecosystem services at a spatial scale and with a resolution that can inform public policy. This book provides an intensive and technical analysis of ecosystem services to date. A key idea which guides the science is that the modelling and valuation approaches being developed should use data which are readily available around the world. In addition, the book documents a toolbox of ecosystem service mapping, modelling, and valuation models that both The Nature Conservancy and the World Wide Fund for Nature are beginning to apply around the world as they transform conservation from a biodiversity-only to a people and ecosystem services agenda. The book addresses land, freshwater, and marine systems at a variety of spatial scales, and includes discussion of how to treat both climate change and cultural values when examining tradeoffs among ecosystem services.
WWF contributors include: Nasser Olwero, Robin Naidoo, Emily McKenzie, Eric Wikramanayake, and Taylor Ricketts
The majority of the timber from Peru is harvested illegally. The new National Pact for Legal Wood represents an unprecedented opportunity to address major challenges in the country’s forestry sector and to create the conditions needed to develop a domestic market for legal Peruvian wood.
WWF works with partners and local communities in Iowa’s Cedar River Valley to pilot and develop new scientific approaches to inform decisions for sourcing corn more sustainably. Learn how these tools will enable public and private supply chain actors to evaluate the potential range of environmental benefits and costs of achieving sustainability goals.
A new study by twelve international and Indonesian NGOs, including WWF, shows that in spite of its high-profile commitment to “zero deforestation”, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is building one of the world’s largest pulp mills in the Indonesian province of South Sumatra without a sustainable wood supply.
The palm oil industry has caused dramatic deforestation in Indonesia. This report, based on an Eyes on the Forest investigation, demonstrates how tainted crude palm oil entered the supply chains of several of the most well-known palm oil suppliers in the world, including subsidiaries of the Sinar Mas group and Wilmar that operate in Indonesia.
WWF and WRI have partnered to develop a roadmap for creating Sustainable Energy Access Forums (SEAFs) at the country level. The roadmap offers a multi-stakeholder approach to strengthening the enabling environment around (a) investments, (b) planning, and (c) policy and regulation of clean energy initiatives.
There are 229 natural and mixed World Heritage sites in 96 countries around the world. These places are often considered to be iconic symbols of conservation. This report shows, unfortunately, that nearly half of these sites face significant threats to their unique values, putting the livelihoods and well-being of people who depend on them at risk.
Little has been done to systematically study and report on ranger working conditions, nor better understand how rangers feel about their work—their concerns, challenges, rewards and motivations. We are therefore excited to be releasing the Ranger Perceptions: Asia survey, which will be the first in a series of reports that shed light on the lives of rangers.