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Having been excited about the prospect of attending my first World Water Week in Stockholm for months, it didn’t disappoint! With the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Risk Report ranking ‘water crises’ as the number one risk to global it was refreshing to hear leaders in the field be open about the challenges they have

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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it can

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Save our beaches and oceans – how planned dredging threatens precious habitats on Kenya’s beautiful coast

Around our coast, nature provides us with more than beautiful scenery. The intimate relationships between the sea, coastline and plants and animals that live there contribute immensely to people’s lives. Here in Kenya, sea grass beds, beautiful corals reefs, sea turtles and mangrove forests form part of this magnificent web of life. Our 650 km

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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The Wateraid Watert Stories exhibtion lit up at night © WaterAid/ Felix Swensson World Water Week

What role should business play in managing water risk?

Having been excited about the prospect of attending my first World Water Week in Stockholm for months, it didn’t disappoint! With the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Risk Report ranking ‘water crises’ as the number one risk to global it was refreshing to hear leaders in the field be open about the challenges they have […]

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Dredging in Kenya: an update on the campaign to save beautiful beaches and precious habitats

In my last blog I brought to your attention plans to remove millions of tonnes of sea sand and debris off the south coast of Kenya which poses great danger to fragile habitats, wildlife and people’s livelihoods. This blog is to update you on this issue – the struggle is still on and far from […]

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Borneo Orang-utan male baby 'Thor' aged 8-9 months peering from behind his mother. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Fiona Rogers / WWF World Orang-utan Day

The incredible family bond of orang-utans

To celebrate World Orang-utan Day, we’ve released a beautiful new video capturing the mesmerising species. The stunning footage showcases the incredible family bond between an infant orang-utan and its mother. Swinging through trees in the heart of the Borneo before nestling into its mother’s chest; the young orang-utan looks peaceful – unaware of the imposing […]

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‘Water Stories’ from the Yangtze – with photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz

Leonardo Da Vinci once said ‘water is the driving force of all nature’. But as our world becomes more populous and industrialised water quality is declining, threatening human health and species –since 1970, there has been a 76% decline in populations of freshwater species around the world. Mustafah Abdulaziz is an American documentary photographer based in […]

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Autumn woodland in Banchory, Scotland. Copyright Will Ashley-Cantello / WWF-UK

The global forest debate just changed… radically

The global forest debate might have just changed radically. Did you notice? Earlier this month, the final draft of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated declaration were agreed – although formal sign off will wait for heads of state and government in September. After the years of wrangling over concepts and words, […]

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World Elephant Day

Helping local people see the benefit of conserving elephants

That there are few places in the world like the Mara is an understatement.  For those of us living and working within and in the immediate vicinity, this reality remains a constant companion and a reflection of a life that once was; the beauty and the majesty.  But with it comes the all too familiar […]

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Fisherman in Lamu ©Rika Theron

Giving fisherfolk training for sustaining in Lamu

Fish stocks in Lamu seascape are the most abundant and robust for coral reefs in Kenya. Located at the southern end of the Somali upwelling, the nutrient rich waters of Lamu seascape provide the optimal conditions for Kenya’s best stocks of pelagic (open ocean), demersal (near or at the bottom of a body of water) […]

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Ten surprising marine species living off our shores

You don’t need to travel to exotic lands to see spectacular marine life this summer… we have some amazing species right on our doorstep. The UK’s seas get a pretty hard time! They are seen by many as the dark and cold distant cousin of the warmer, turquoise seas promised in foreign lands. This couldn’t be further […]

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