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Will Ashley-CantelloWill Ashley-Cantello

My name is Will and I am the Chief Adviser on Forests for WWF-UK. That means I am involved right across our work on forest conservation in our priority places, our work with businesses on their supply chains, and the latest international developments in science and policy including REDD+.

Before joining WWF-UK in 2014, I worked for the UK Government on international policy on forests, climate and development. More recently I ran a research project in Malawi on community forest management.

My latest posts


Durdle Door. Beaches are among the natural settings with most well-being benefit © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

On the nature of happiness: mental health and the environment

Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Just plain mental fatigue. These are some of the causes of mental ill health that are increasingly common in our society. Spending more time in nature can help us with these. In fact, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK and rates are on the increase. There […]

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Can we see the light at the end of the forest? © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

Mock exam on zero deforestation: how did we do?

Today, a significant progress report on forest conservation across the world will be launched. Pre-released last week, the collaborative assessment led by Climate Focus in partnership with other organizations assesses progress towards the international goals in the 2015 New York Declaration on Forests. It shows a mixed scorecard and highlights deficiencies in data. The new progress […]

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