Analysis by WWF experts found that two of the world’s largest palm oil companies—Asian Agri and Wilmar—purchased palm oil fruit that was illegally grown within the boundaries of the Tesso Nilo Forest Complex, an area that includes Tesso Nilo National Park and surrounding forest concessions where it is illegal to plant palm oil.
Synthesizing over 10 years of on-the-ground field observations into an eye-opening report, WWF's Illegal Logging in the Russian Far East: Global Demand and Taiga Destruction highlights a sobering reality: Russia’s forest sector has become deeply criminalized, with poor law enforcement, allowing illegal loggers to plunder valuable timber stocks of oak, ash, elm, and linden with impunity.
An updated analysis of tiger seizures from 12 tiger range countries (2000-2012)
In 2010, TRAFFIC produced Reduced to Skin and Bones: An Analysis of Tiger Seizures from 11 Tiger Range Countries (2000-2010) (Verheij, 2010). The purpose of the present report is to provide an updated situational analysis of the current illegal Tiger Pantherea tigris trade picture and to gain an improved understanding of one of the greatest threats to the Tiger's survival. This report also aims ot illustrate the need, use, practicability and direction that can be gained from the central collation and analysis of seizure data. Its conclusions outline the need for Tiger range and consumer countries to agree on and adhere to a standardized format for sharing and reporting data on poaching and illegal trade.
WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and business about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century.
Chapter Four of WWF's Living Planet Report explores how we can meet future demand for wood products within the finite resources of one planet.
Through two dozen interviews with Fortune and Global 100 executives and analysis of public disclosures, the report finds that clean energy practices are becoming standard procedure for some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.
Extra Terrestrial spotlights 10 species newly identified by science, among the 82 plants, 13 fish, 21 reptiles, 5 amphibians and 5 mammals all discovered in 2011 within the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia that spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan. Since 1997, an incredible 1,710 new species were newly described by science in the Greater Mekong.
This report summarizes the views of a number of governments and international organizations on illicit wildlife trafficking. These views were collected through a series of structured interviews, and this report is the first to provide a snapshot of current governmental and intergovernmental opinions on this topic.
Following the 2012 Fuller Symposium, a full-day Wildlife Crime Experts Workshop was held at WWF US Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This Workshop focused on Rethinking Conventional Responses: Integrated Approaches in the Fight against Wildlife Crime.
Healthy and plentiful fisheries are not only good for marine ecosystems, but they are critical to the health, employment and prosperity of over a billion people around the world that rely on fisheries for food and jobs. Yet, half the globe’s fisheries have been pushed to their limits and another third have been pushed beyond their limits. The percentage of these “overfished” species has nearly quadrupled since the 1970s. A rights-based management program is one tool to address this issue. They convey and manage exclusive entitlements that allow a person, company, fishing vessel, community or village to fish in a particular place at a particular time.
What does responsible investment look like in the 21st century? This edition is dedicated to helping provide investors with tools and resources for identifying responsible companies and projects in agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities, with a specific focus on a sector of mounting interest to many investors: aquaculture.
A set of guidelines for individual Buddhist practitioners produced by WWF and His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The guidelines, which have been adopted by Buddhist centers worldwide, relate to protecting forests and wildlife; conserving rivers, lakes and wetlands; conserving water in a monastery; adopting green design; saving energy; adapting to climate change; and managing waste.
A book of environmental guidelines for Buddhist monasteries, centers and communities produced by WWF and His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The guidelines address issues related to the protection of forests, water and wildlife, as well as waste management and climate change.
A rapidly growing global population, accelerating consumption, dietary shifts, climate change and other factors are driving unprecedented price volatility, resource shortages, and other risks in soft commodity supply chains. These challenges pose material, reputational, and systemic risk to investors.WWF seeks to untangle this complexity. Providing distilled guidance based on leading industry practice, The 2050 Criteria is designed to serve as a field guide for investors to access mainstream agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities in a responsible manner.
An update of a previous report, commissioned by WWF and developed by Accenture Development Partnerships in 2009, that evaluates four wild-capture seafood sustainability certification programs (the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute, the Friend of the Sea, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) according to WWF’s criteria. Of the four, MSC still remains the best certification program for maintaining healthy fish stocks and reducing ecosystem impacts of fisheries.
Since our founding in 1961, protecting rare and endangered species has been a core focus of WWF’s mission to save a living planet. Our success has helped bring many species back from the brink of extinction, while preserving rich and varied ecosystems that sustain local people and countless plants and animals. But the global extinction crisis is escalating: habitat destruction, poaching, wildlife trafficking, climate change and other destructive human activities have led to an extinction rate that is 100 to 1,000 times higher than the expected natural rate.