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.
Since CoP16, international momentum has been building against wildlife crime, with a raft of global declarations and commitments to tackle poaching and wildlife trafficking. This report outlines WWF's stance on African elephant issues at CoP17.
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.