Today, we use the natural resources of 1.5 planets, depleting ecological goods and services faster than nature can replenish them. This is having a huge impact on nature and people, and threatening our very future. Better production will be vital if 9 billion people are to share this planet and its resources, equitably and sustainably, in the coming decades.
WWF seeks to transform markets towards greater sustainability through partnerships with leading food and agriculture organizations and companies. By establishing ways to produce commodities at affordable costs with measurably reduced environmental impacts, and by creating significant demand for such products, entire commodity markets can improve their environmental outcomes on a large scale.
This factsheet provides an overview of the Wildlife Crime Technology Project, which focuses on research, development and implementation of a suite of technologies to detect and deter poaching. This work was made possible through a Global Impact Award from Google in 2012.
The future of the world’s forests depends greatly on the actions of US companies. They have tremendous purchasing power to support responsible forestry and trade globally, as well as to eliminate the market for unsustainable and illegal wood. Read this publication to learn more about how WWF and US companies are collaborating to save the world’s forests.
WWF investigated the trade flow of illegal and legal crab harvested from Russian waters throughout the North Pacific to better understand the likelihood of US importation of illegally harvested Russian crab, as well as conservation concerns associated with overharvest of crab from Russian waters.
Snow leopards might be resilient to many of the direct impacts of climate change, but face increasing pressure as humans and livestock shift their activities to higher elevations. Explore this and other traits which make snow leopards vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.
Mountain gorillas live in a very restricted geographic range, and face pressure from surrounding human settlements who themselves are increasingly impacted by climate change. Explore this and other traits which make mountain gorillas vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.
African elephants need up to 300 liters of water a day, just for drinking. Changing rainfall patterns in Africa and increased water scarcity pose a serious threat. Explore this and other traits which make African elephants vulnerable to climate change, as well as recommended climate-adaptive management strategies.
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what this means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN). In this year’s annual report, we invite you to look back on the program’s outstanding accomplishments and to remember Russ Train, a conservation champion whose vision continues to inspire us all. EFN supported more than 150 individuals and organizations this year – an investment in capacity building that has helped improve conservation outcomes in more than 60 countries around the world. The release of the annual report is not only a great time to look back at successes throughout the past year, but also an opportunity to look ahead at the great work to come. Thanks to an extremely generous donation, EFN launched a new faculty fellowship program to improve graduate-level education in Africa, Asia and Latin America. EFN also plans to award more than 200 grants and fellowships in the coming year and maximize our impact in places such as Myanmar and Mozambique.
The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program is the largest tropical forest conservation program in history: 128 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon have been protected through the program. An innovative financing approach has been used to ensure the land is permanently protected. Read more about this approach, called Project Finance for Permanence.
Despite all efforts made to date, the most recent acoustic data show the vaquita population to be declining at 18.5% per year. The best estimate of current abundance is 97 vaquitas of which fewer than 25 are likely to be reproductively mature females.
Monthly monitoring of Bangkok’s domestic ivory market by TRAFFIC reveals a near trebling of the number of ivory items for sale in the past 18 months and a steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand's capital city.
An extraordinary 367 new species were discovered in the Greater Mekong in 2012 and 2013. Among the species newly described by scientists are 290 plants, 24 fish, 21 amphibians, 28 reptiles, 1 bird and 3 mammals.
These discoveries, painstakingly identified and recorded by the world’s scientists and compiled here by WWF-Greater Mekong, demonstrate that the region is the frontline for scientific exploration.