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.
This report from WWF, funded by USAID, outlines how communities and ecosystems in Asia’s high mountains are vulnerable to climate change, from increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather to shifts in rainfall seasonality and increasing rates of glacial melt. Based on the latest science, the report summarizes existing adaptation efforts and provides recommendations for the future.
The study, the first of its kind, conducted by CIFOR and jointly funded by WWF and CIFOR, utilizes a robust methodology to compare nine FSC certified and nine noncertified forest management units across Gabon, Cameroon and Republic of Congo, to assess whether certification yields social benefits above and beyond noncertified FMUs. Overall, the study firmly and consistently confirms that FSC certification has indeed yielded additional social benefit in the Congo Basin.
Indonesia is one of the major exporters of timber products in the world. It is also one of the key countries with serious illegal logging and deforestation issues. Indonesia developed a timber legality certification system to address this problem. This 2014 report includes an assessment of that system and all of the certificates that had been issued under it at the time of the study.
A series of maps and analysis from WWF, funded by USAID, explores the links between climate change, snow leopard habitat, and water provision across the 12 snow leopard range countries in Asia. The map book provides new insight into how the snow leopard range, which forms the headwaters of 20 major river basins, benefits downstream settlements, and how water provision is threatened by climate change.
The China’s Future Generation report shows how by embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80% renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal.
A summary of the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned from investment in the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), part of a broader USAID-funded effort to support the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security. Notable progress was made toward increasing stewardship of biodiversity and improving food security in the Coral Triangle.
Among Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, renewable resources and wildlife are highly traded. Where resources are poorly managed, demand in TPP markets drives depletion and illegal activities. In these cases, the economic benefits of trade are loast and cheaper products undermine profits and threaten jobs in countries where resources are legitimately harvested and well-managed.
Conservation provisions are needed in the TPP to protect the world's natural resources, including the seafood and wood products needed for global businesses and consumers for generations to come.
The monarch butterfly population in Mexico was the lowest ever since 1993 (the year scientists started to monitor monarch butterfly colonies), according to research just released by the WWF-Telcel Alliance and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Office of the Mexican government.