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Happy World Wetlands Day! Our wetlands are essential for life, they’re home to a variety of wildlife, help prevent flooding, store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change and protect our coastlines. But did you know that more than a billion people make a living from wetlands across the world?  Wetlands provide livelihoods, from fishing and

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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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Indonesian haze - peat fires show need for better palm oil control

Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). All week we’ve been hearing about the record levels of air pollution in Singapore to the south. But now it’s reached Kuala Lumpur itself. This photo shows the ‘view’ of the iconic Menara

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Lion cubs playing

My time with lions

They say going on safari is a once in a lifetime experience and will be something that stays with you for the rest of your life….. It is. When I was 12 I was lucky enough to go on a family holiday to Kenya – an adventure in itself – but especially for  a child

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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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World Wetlands Day

Five stories from our world’s wetlands






Happy World Wetlands Day! Our wetlands are essential for life, they’re home to a variety of wildlife, help prevent flooding, store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change and protect our coastlines. But did you know that more than a billion people make a living from wetlands across the world?  Wetlands provide livelihoods, from fishing and […]

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Giant panda in tree, Wolong Nature Reserve, China © Bernard De Wetter/WWF

15 highlights from 2015 for WWF






Look back over this past year and explore some standout stories from 2015. They really demonstrate how varied our global projects are! Whether it’s Arctic exploring with JacksGap, eco-fashion tips for ‘Wear It Wild’ or a GoPro strapped to a turtle in the Great Barrier Reef, you’re bound to discover something exciting as we look back at 2015. 1. Rod Downie […]

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Patients waiting to be weighed as part of MEDCAP in Tswaka, Kenya 2012. © Tech. Sgt. Daniel St Pierre, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Size of Wales

Wildlife, water, and the climate: understanding well-being in Kenya






Happy New Year! A new year often makes us think about how happy and healthy we are, and we’ve been thinking about that here too. One of our biggest goals here is to improve people’s well-being, because the health of people is intrinsically linked with the health of the forests and wildlife around them – we […]

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Fishermen on Lake Hong, Hubei Province, China © Kate Foreshew / WWF-UK gallery

China’s Lake Hong: filming and photographing the conservation heroes 






When it comes to capturing the perfect image for WWF, photographers and film-makers always go to unbelievable lengths. I recently experienced just what a whirlwind of activity and dedication is involved when I joined Pretzel Films on a trip to China. Our week-long mission was to document the inspiring stories behind our partnership with HSBC […]

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A dolphin seen in Cardigan Bay - a great area for spotting them! © Byrion Smith/Flickr Creative Commons cop21

What is climate change doing to our brilliant seas and marine wildlife?






I’ve been fascinated by the sea since I was a child. I remember standing on the shore as an eight-year old, wondering what lay beneath the dark and stormy waters. Living in Wales for the last nine years, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many of the best areas for marine wildlife spotting, including the […]

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David Nussbaum © Press Association cop21

The Paris climate deal is a ‘major milestone’ to protect our future






The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented milestone – even if it is not perfect. For the first time, almost 200 countries have adopted a landmark deal on climate change action for all. Today we have seen international consensus that we must keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C and ideally 1.5°C. The UK’s world-leading […]

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The spoils of war © Brent Stirton

Ivory wars: Q&A with photojournalist Brent Stirton






Each year around 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers to feed the illegal ivory trade. I spoke to award-winning photojournalist Brent Stirton about his work to focus international attention on the people who are profiting most from the ivory war, and the rangers who risk their lives to stop the killing. Congratulations on winning […]

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Food Futures: from business as usual to business unusual






There is no more profound and worthwhile a challenge than attempting to answer the question: how will we feed another one billion people sustainably and healthily by 2025? And that’s what we’ve been trying to do at WRAP, as over the last ten months we’ve been working closely with the team at 3keel and a […]

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