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Forests and climate change: what happened at Lima?

Two days later than expected, the twentieth annual UN climate change conference drew to a close in Lima last weekend. Emissions from forest loss and degradation are second only in size to the burning of fossil fuels. So what progress was made on forests and REDD+ in Lima? Firstly, let’s look at the negotiations Well… […]

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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Payments for ecosystem services in Brazil

Around the world, initiatives are being developed and implemented at different scales to reward those that are protecting water catchments, conserving forests and caring for natural habitats. Where payments are involved, this approach is known as Payments for Environmental Services or PES. WWF-Brazil together with a number of partners has just published a series of […]

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Postcards from Peru: A diary from the UN climate talks

I’m in Lima for the UN climate talks which run 1-12 December. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it. DAY 0 – Sunday 30 November 2014 I’ve arrived in Lima, Peru, where the 20th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP20) begins today, […]

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Brazil nut collecting © Michael Gunther / WWF-UK Blink and it's gone

A healthy rainforest… in a nutshell

A chocolate-coloured, toe-shaped nut. The Brazil nut. One of the finest. Full of protein, calcium, iron, selenium; one creamy crunch and you’re reaching for another. But stop there… …it’s time to travel with that Brazil nut, to see life as it sees it. Surf over the sea to the Southern Hemisphere and nose-dive into the […]

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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon

Brazilian election drama to continue to a second round

Last weekend I was very eager to power up my computer to find out the result of the Brazilian elections which had taken place on Sunday.  It was no surprise to learn that the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff of the Brazilian Working Party (PT) had failed to secure enough votes to win outright and consequently the […]

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Tikuna fishing village © WWF-UK

A fishy tale: Indigenous resource management in the Colombian Amazon

At the entrance to Lake Tarapoto in south eastern Colombia, we stepped on to a balsa -a floating house that rises and falls with the rhythms of the mighty Amazon river which feeds the lake. The balsa is a control point staffed today by three men of the Tikuna indigenous community from where they monitor […]

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Alex Mustard selfie with a friendly young grey seal. Farne Islands, Northumberland © Alexander Mustard gallery

4 questions for BWPA 2014 winner Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard is a UK photographer who has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10 years. Previously, he worked as a marine biologist at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. His innovative underwater photographs are respected and celebrated around the world. He […]

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Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia

A voice from the wilderness

Conservation is about power. More precisely it is about the governance of land and how different interests get a say on that governance. Important questions for any conservation initiative therefore relate to who exerts power, how they do it and, critically, if important voices are missing how they be brought to the table? Power, of […]

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