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Baby mountain gorilla, Virunga © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

Investors as key to securing Virunga’s oil-free future

The role that investors can play in influencing company behaviour must not be underestimated. The way in which companies approach issues associated with human rights, community engagement and environmental sustainability has far reaching impacts on corporate profitability and shareholder value and is coming under increased scrutiny by investors. Recent years have witnessed a great deal [...]

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What do school children want for the future of Wales? Be inspired.

As Mondays go, I’ve had one of my most inspiring! I’ve been in the company of the Eco School Council at Llangewydd Junior School in Bridgend who have been sharing their wishes for the planet’s future with the Welsh Government minister Jeff Cuthbert. Since I left the school on Friday, each pupil (that’s 400 in [...]

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Addressing the problem of human-wildlife conflict

I’ve written before about the problem of human-wildlife conflict in Kwale and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the progress that we’ve made over the last few months. Living in close proximity to wildlife can be a real challenge. In the Shimba Hills region, elephants are a particular problem [...]

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A villager tending to a fishing net in Vitshumbi Virunga campaign

Soco controversially swims against the tide

At a time when extractive companies are committing not to explore or extract in World Heritage Sites and financial institutions are excluding such projects from permitted loans, SOCO International plc’s oil activities in Virunga seems a regressive step. This is especially strange for a company that publically states that the “protection of the environment remains [...]

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Duncan Mizen - WWF Blog Manager

Five for Friday: Paddington Bear, Spiderman, Turtles, how super!

Hello again blog readers. Since my first ‘Five for Friday’ there’s been a very large amount of activity here on the blog site, mainly around fighting to end wildlife crime, but also about T-shirts, running in the Antarctic…oh and Paddington bear. I’m aware that my first post was a tad long, so I’m going to [...]

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Ivory-Inferno-Gabon. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

TRAFFIC drop in to talk about illegal wildlife trade

TRAFFIC – a joint programme of WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – is the only global organisation that focuses solely on monitoring and reducing the illegal wildlife trade. With poaching reaching crisis point – 1,004 rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa alone in 2013 and about 22, 000 African [...]

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Group photo of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Photo courtesy of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Illegal Wildlife trade

London Conference round up: Is the tide finally turning on illegal wildlife trade?

WWF-UK’s species conservation work is almost exclusively focused on protecting species abroad. This means I work from our base at the Living Planet Centre in Woking focused mostly on activities happening thousands of miles away. However, this week the global attention on one of our priority issues – the illegal wildlife trade – was focused [...]

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