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Capturing freshwater stories through the lens of a camera

Since 2011, photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight countries capturing images for his long-term photographic project highlighting the global water crisis. Collectively, the photographs chart the diverse and far reaching effects of urbanization, poor sanitation, pollution, water scarcity, and the side effects of expanding industry and population.

  • A resourceful hermit crab finds an unlikely home

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    In 2010, I was hiking along a forested trail in Japan, when a shiny object caught my eye. I couldn’t believe what I saw: A land hermit crab was using a discarded plastic bottle cap for its shell.
    Hermit Crab with plastic bottle shell
  • Saving Colombia's daredevil fish

    Fishers have been noticing dramatic changes to the Orinoco River, and the daredevil fish in particular. In short, they're harder to find and no longer travel as far upstream. In an effort to save Colombia’s migratory fish, WWF-Colombia, the National Authority for Aquaculture and Fisheries (AUNAP), and other partners are focused on promoting more sustainable fishing practices throughout the supply chain. And, with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), WWF is trying to shed more light on the health of rivers and their vast biodiversity through projects like the basin report card.

    A man fishing on the Orinoco River in Colombia.
  • An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent

    July 01, 2015

    A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef.

    Great Barrier Reef fish
  • Better Choices at the Great Barrier Reef

    October 27, 2014

    For decades, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed World Heritage Status and been synonymous with diving, tourism and with Australia. But in June of this year, UNESCO threatened to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list; a category populated predominantly by war-torn and developing nations. The final decision should be made in 2015.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Depending on Clean Water: Five Freshwater Animals

    March 13, 2014

    WWF understands the importance of clean and healthy freshwater ecosystems for a thriving planet. So who are these animals that live in and around freshwater? 

    amazon river dolphin travel
  • WWF Takes the Wheel on Arctic Shipping

    May 14, 2013

    As climate change melts Arctic sea ice, the Bering Strait is seeing a marked increase in shipping traffic. WWF is taking action to ensure that development in the Arctic occurs in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

    Ship in Arctic