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Water: A Risky Business






Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes its Global Risks Report ahead of its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. For the third year running, the water crisis was in the top three global risks in terms of impact. The report noted that the interconnected nature of the water crisis and environmental risks highlights the need […]

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An aerial view of the Pantanal Donana

Why worry about wetlands?






Today is World Wetlands Day, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in 1971. More importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the amazing diversity and value of wetlands around the globe. As the name suggests, wetlands are water-rich areas that are flooded either permanently or seasonally. The […]

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African elephant © Richard Barrett / WWF-UK forests

A plan for water in Kwale: vital for forests, wildlife and people






Water is a major issue for everyone in Kenya. The country is classified as ‘chronically water scarce’ and demands for water largely exceeds the available supply. Many of our key industries, such as agriculture, tourism and energy production, are highly dependent on rainfall and water availability. At the same time, rapidly increasing urban populations and […]

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Lessons, challenges and opportunities highlighted at global water stewardship forum






The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) held their first global forum in Edinburgh on 1 and 2 November. It was a fascinating couple of days highlighting the progress that has been made on water stewardship over the last ten years and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. What was clear is that the AWS […]

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Brazil

Water shortages in the Pantanal’s headwaters: unthinkable?






It seems absurd that a region abundant in fresh water, located in the fertile headwaters of Brazil’s Pantanal, would face water supply problems, but this has become the sad reality for Tangará da Serra municipality. In Tangará’s Triângulo District, for at least three months, hundreds of families have been without water. Water pumps have stopped […]

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Water Stewardship: the food and drink of good business






WWF-UK and M&S have just published a joint report providing practice tips on embedding water stewardship across a business, sharing learning gathered during our nine year partnership on water. We launched the report at a roundtable for food and drink retailers and brands, where we explored the opportunities for working together more collaboratively to address water […]

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Itezhi-tezhi Dam, water flowing out of retention basin© Sarah Black / WWF World Water Week

Water security at basin scale; the importance of power, politics and communication






With World Water Week taking place this week in Stockholm, I have been thinking back to the Water Security Short Course at the University of East Anglia (UEA) that I was lucky enough to attend recently. In this blog I share the key lessons I took away including the importance of setting our actions in the catchment context and […]

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Conservation hero Robenir (left) receives the Olympic torch at the beginning of his leg of the relay © Rio 2016 / Fernando Soutello Olympics

Lighting the way to Olympic and Amazon glory






With the Rio Games only a few days away, we’re celebrating two conservation heroes of the Amazon who have been part of the Olympic flame’s epic journey around Brazil. From giant fish to wild rubber, find out how indigenous and rural communities are protecting the rainforest through Sky Rainforest Rescue. At the climax of the […]

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