Deforestation is a major threat both to ecosystems and local economies. The Greater Mekong was the world's most densely forested area in the 1970s, but has now lost a third of its tree cover. It is on course to lose another third between 2010 and 2030 if trends continue.
A soul-sucking ‘dementor’ wasp, a bat with long fangs, a stealthy wolf snake, a color-changing thorny frog, and the world’s second longest insect are among the 139 new species discovered by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2014, according to a new report released by WWF.
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.
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.
Often called the Asian unicorn, little is known about the enigmatic saola in the two decades since its discovery. This report highlights the challenges the species faces and what is being done to save this elusive animal.
This report gives an overview of the dramatic changes taking place in the Greater Mekong. While some have been positive like economic growth and political stability, unsustainable development is threatening critical natural resources, particularly native forests, the Mekong River and its tributaries and many wild plant and animal species. Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong provides key recommendations for how natural resource management can be made more sustainable.
This report examines the world’s most extraordinary ungulate (or “hoofed”) species which can be found in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia. More unique ungulate species inhabit this unique part of the world than anywhere else on Earth.
The worlds biggest freshwater fish and 4 out of the top ten giant freshwater fish species can be found in the Mekong River. The single most important threat is the hydropower dams in the lower Mekong and large tributaries.
A new monkey, a self-cloning skink, five carnivorous plants, and a unique leaf warbler are among the 208 species newly described by science in the Greater Mekong region during 2010. The region is an integral part of one of the top five most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Spanning five of the world’s 13 tiger range states, the Greater Mekong region possesses the largest combined area of tiger habitat in the world today. Estimates vary significantly but it is thought there could be as few as 350 Indochinese tigers remaining in this region, down from roughly 1,200 in 1998.
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