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An ancient, indigenous tree in Boni. The forest ecosystem is important to both people and the environment in Kenya. © US AID Size of Wales

WWF working to protect people and wildlife from development projects in Kenya

Lamu County, and in particular the Boni-Dodori forest, is an incredibly diverse and rich area. It’s also home to the indigenous Aweer community who depend on beautiful and important area for their livelihoods including food, shelter, herbal medicine, cultural practices and spiritual needs. Development A few kilometers away from this important forest are two emerging major […]

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Brad Schallert (WWF-US), Tim Johnson (AEF and ICSA delegation leader) and myself in front of ICAO HQ.

On flying, forests and phasing out fossil fuels

You probably know that there is a global deal on climate change in the offing in Paris next month. What you may not know is that there is another global climate deal in the offing in Montréal next year – focused on cutting carbon emissions from international flights. Globally, CO2 emissions from aviation are roughly […]

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Female rubber tapper hanging rubber strips out to dry © Adrian Steirn Sky Rainforest Rescue

Amazon rubber tappers tell their story

Deep within the Amazon, rubber trees grow wild in their native rainforest home. They provide the livelihood for rubber tappers, who have developed an intimate and caring relationship with the rubber trees and their rainforest surroundings. They tell their story here, through two short videos. In this video rubber tapper Sebastiao speaks of the importance […]

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Autumn takes me back to my roots

Is it Autumn already?! Soon there will be stunning autumn displays as the trees begin to prepare for winter. It’s the season for change and I can already see the leaves beginning to turn. We’re becoming more accustomed to informed choice when it comes to where our food and clothing is produced and manufactured, but what about our wooden and […]

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Rangers identifying birds © Ann Komen Size of Wales

A haven for bird life is under threat – these new rangers could hold the key to protecting it

The coastal forests of Boni and Dodori are home to a huge diversity of birds and are a significant stop-over and dispersal site for a number of migrating bird species from other neighbouring countries. The birds that you can find include the Basra reed warbler, white-headed vulture, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Somali ostrich, southern banded […]

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Richard Hammond and his camera, Amazon © Richard Hammond

Q&A with Richard Hammond in the Amazon

TV star Richard Hammond ventured deep into the Amazon for his new Sky 1 programme ‘Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest’, which airs on 16 and 23 September. The show sees Richard attempting to realise his childhood dream of being a wildlife photographer. We caught up with Richard to ask him about his jungle adventure… What made […]

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Orang utan high in tree of rainforest canopy, (Pongo abelii) Leuser NP, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

New estimates of tree and forest cover: should we be cheerful or glum?

Three reports. One counts trees. Another counts hectares of tree cover. The third counts hectares of forest cover. All three reached the headlines in the last week but with different figures. What should we make of them? The first report is by Tom Crowther et al (formerly Yale University) and is the first comprehensive estimate […]

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