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A road ripped apart by a flooding river.

Preparing communities for the rising risk of flooding in the face of climate change

Flooding is currently the most common natural disaster worldwide, and rising global temperatures will only make it more frequent and severe. WWF has developed an integrated framework for managing floods, giving managers more flexible and effective solutions to prevent or respond to such natural disasters. 

  • Broom grass transforms lives and hillsides in Nepal

    May 12, 2017

    In Nepal, broom grass is transforming steep, degraded slopes above the Trishuli and Seti rivers in the Aamdanda village. 

    Juni Maya Bhujel making brooms at her house.
  • Helping people and wildlife thrive together

    May 12, 2017

    Human-wildlife conflict is a major issue for many poor people who live near forests in rural areas of Nepal. That’s one of the reasons why WWF and other partners in conservation launched the Hariyo Ban (Green Forest) program to find lasting solutions that protect people’s lives, livestock and crops and prevent the retaliatory killing of wildlife. 

    Newly installed fence in the Karnali corridor
  • In Nepal, cook stoves improve lives and help the environment

    May 12, 2017

    WWF and partners have launched a program to reduce pressure on forests and improve the lives of women and marginalized people through projects such as providing improved cook stoves that burn firewood more efficiently.

    A woman cooking with a metallic improved cook stove.
  • Adapting to Climate Change In Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    In one of the most climate-vulnerable countries on Earth, an unprecedented development project is building a model for adapting to climate change on a massive scale—working one village at a time.
    Harveting crops
  • Snow leopard range countries gear up for climate-smart conservation

    February 03, 2017

    Delegates from the 12 snow leopard range countries met in Kathmandu to strengthen their commitment to snow leopard conservation and chart a way forward to secure a future for this elusive and endangered cat.

    snow leopard
  • Helping a community in Nepal rebuild post-earthquake

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    In Simjung, a village of 900 houses, only a few remained standing after the earthquake. Today, however, the community is the picture of healthy recovery.
    Water from a tap in Nepal
  • Modeling Resilience

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    More than 4 million people call Nepal’s Gandaki River Basin home.
    Gandaki River Basin, Nepal
  • Snow leopard research provides new challenges to an old hand

    October 20, 2016

    In the 19 years Tenzin has been working in conservation, Wangchuck Centennial National Park's first ever population survey of snow leopards has been the most challenging project, but also the most satisfying. 

    Ranger Tenzin
  • A young generation in India takes stewardship of their environment

    September 29, 2016

    Do banning bottled water, taking camera-trap photos of snow leopards, and establishing homestays have anything in common? In the mountains of North Sikkim in India, they do. All these activities are part of a successful ecotourism drive led by young people from the small village of Lachen that has already become an inspiration for similar work elsewhere in the country.

    a truck in Lachen
  • Children help secure a future for snow leopards in Mongolia

    August 11, 2016

    Three years ago, researchers from WWF-Mongolia set up camera traps to photograph snow leopards in and around Khovd Aimag’s Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain, located in western Mongolia’s Altai Mountains, to determine the elusive cat’s population size and distribution.

    Student leaders pose in front of sculpture
  • Snow leopard research breathes new life into community conservation in Nepal

    July 05, 2016

    Just beyond the remote mountain village of Yangma in the high Himalayas of eastern Nepal, Nepali conservationists fitted a female snow leopard with a GPS collar. The collar will allow scientists to track this snow leopard’s movements daily for the next year, which will help us learn more about these mysterious and endangered cats. This female becomes the third snow leopard collared near Yangma since 2013, the first two having both been males.

    setting up gear to collar a snow leopard
  • Nine snow leopard range countries equipped with tools for climate smart landscape management planning

    June 15, 2016

    Over 40 representatives from nine of 12 snow leopard range countries gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2016 for a workshop on climate smart conservation planning at the landscape level to protect the iconic snow leopard and its habitat.

    altai natural park
  • New hope for Africa's largest forest park

    May 30, 2016

    As the second largest tropical forest park in the world, Salonga is a global treasure. It is home for bonobos and one of the last remaining habitats for the forest elephant. Now, a newly signed agreement brings together the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) and WWF to co-manage the protected area.

    ranger in Salonga National Park
  • After devastating earthquake, Nepal aims to reduce the risk of disaster through green rebuilding

    April 25, 2016

    Last April, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake, resulting in a tragic loss of life and damage. But the people of this small and beautiful country are pushing forward with remarkable resilience. They’ve also taken care to consider the environment during the rebuilding period.

    landslide in Nepal
  • Rhino translocation off to a positive start in Nepal’s Terai

    March 02, 2016

    A Greater one-horned rhino found a new home today in Nepal’s Bardia National Park through a successful translocation program. The move is part of a greater effort to create a second, viable population of Nepal’s rhinos to help restore the species to historic numbers.

    rhino in nepal
  • The Earth Has a Third Pole—And Millions of People Use Its Water

    June 04, 2015

    Overlapping heavily with snow leopard habitat, the Third Pole encompasses the snow-covered mountains surrounding the Tibetan Plateau. The Pole’s thousands of glaciers and regular snow melt form the headwaters for 10 of Asia’s biggest rivers, which bring drinking water, power and irrigation directly to 210 million people, while these river basins indirectly support more than 1.3 billion people.

    lake and mountains in asia
  • Life in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    How a tiny, mountainous country became one of the world's biggest conservation successes for wildlife—and for rural communities with pressing health needs.
    Hero Nepal Winter2014
  • Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

    July 15, 2014

    WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

    camera trap set up
  • Discovering Lake Niassa

    June 09, 2014

    A WWF team, in collaboration with scientists from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, is using underwater cameras as part of a pilot study to establish a baseline of the fish diversity of the Lake Niassa Partial Reserve.

    lake niassa sunset
  • Health Service

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    How statistics helped uncover a hidden benefit of Namibia's communal conservancies
    health services illustration
  • Happy Fish, Happy People

    February 20, 2014

    Thanks to a new mobile app, the process of gathering fishery data in the Solomon Islands has entered the digital age.

    solomon island fishery
  • From Fishers to Weavers

    January 13, 2014

    WWF—through USAID’s Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP)—helped revive and adapt a weaving program in Malaysia that would enable the women to earn income and sell fewer fish.

    weaving a bracelet
  • Building a Future for Snow Leopards

    October 23, 2013

    Government representatives from the 12 Asian countries where snow leopards roam endorsed an ambitious new plan at the meeting today—a plan to protect and conserve snow leopards and their high mountain range habitat.

    snow leopard profile
  • A Win for Tigers in Nepal

    July 29, 2013

    Nepal’s government announced its tiger population in had increased to 63 percent since the last survey in 2009—putting the number of tigers at an estimated 198 with a range between 163-235.

    Adult tiger camera trap