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.
This study by TRAFFIC and WWF, with support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US NOAA Fisheries, finds that trade may be a threat to the conservation of the chambered nautilus. The report calls on source and destination countries to take actions to reform harvest and trade controls to prevent the overexploitation and illegal harvest and sale of nautilus.
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.
Brazil is home to the Amazon and other vital ecosystems that support diverse wildlife. This report provides guidance to agribusinesses, banks, policymakers, and other stakeholders that want to better understand Brazil’s new Forest Code so that they can promote, regulate, produce, consume, export, or import Brazilian agricultural products that comply with this law designed to protect its natural resources.
The year is 2020 and the world's food system is under increasing stress. Extreme weather and political conflict are undermining food production and creating shortages. Prices are skyrocketing. Social unrest is growing. Populations are at risk.
The January 2016 Asia High Mountains Project Newsletter with stories on the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) Program side event at the UNFCCC CoP21 Paris climate talks and other activities in AHM Project countries. (4 page Newsletter)
WWF’S Rapid Assessment of Circus-Arctic Ecosystem Resilience (RACER) presents a new tool for identifying and mapping places of conservation importance throughout the Arctic. This introductory handbook is intended as a general roadmap to the RACER method. It describes the approach and its use of the best available data to create maps of arctic key features as targets for future conservation efforts.
Monarch butterflies are highly sensitive to weather and climate, however, they also have a high capacity to adapt to longer term changes in climate. Explore this and other traits which make monarch butterflies vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.