Off the coast of Chile's Guafo Island, divers are connected to a 450 foot hose as they sustainably harvest a leathery seaweed called luga. A plan is underway to protect these waters for the Indigenous communities that rely on its resources.
In the heart of Ibumila village, a group of 22 women has come together to form Tuinuane Group. Supported by the CARE-WWF Alliance, it is one of 44 Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups in the area.
While marine protected areas are the most well-known pathway to protect marine life, experts are turning toward ‘other effective conservation measures' (OECMs) to work alongside marine protected areas as complementary pathways that protect our ocean ecosystems.
In the wake of the devastating Amazon wildfires of 2019, WWF collaborated with the Kanindé Association of Ethno-Environmental Protection to supply the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau with terrestrial monitoring equipment—including drones, smartphones, and camera traps—and field training to document illegal deforestation.
Toilets play an essential role in both the health of people and the environment, but billions of people worldwide do not have access to these critical facilities. Functioning toilets serve to improve the health and cleanliness of rivers and waterways—and the life that depends on them.
Our oceans provide food, regulate Earth’s climate, and are rooted in cultural traditions and community livelihoods around the world. When we work on ocean conservation, we are inherently also working with people dependent on the ocean, particularly those who live along coastlines.
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