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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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Comedian Alistair McGowan © Sky Blink and it's gone

Standing up for the Amazon

It’s a shocking fact that 20% of the Amazon has already been lost. Deforestation remains a major concern and threatens the future of the Amazon. Even though it is the largest rainforest in the world, 60% of it is unprotected, leaving it vulnerable. It’s estimated that by 2030, a quarter of the Amazon could be […]

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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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Arena-da-Amazônia,-Manaus © Jose Zamith de Oliveira Filho World Cup

The Amazon versus the World

Summer is upon us, and in the air the buzz of anticipation about how much sunshine we’ll actually get and who’s going where on their holidays. But there’s another buzz that’s probably ringing a little louder in everyone’s ears right now… Let’s face it, there’s really only one topic in our ears and on our […]

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Amazon river, Cuyabeno. © Camilo Ortega.

I haven’t been anywhere exciting lately- but I think I just helped save the Amazon

When you work in conservation, you find yourself using terms such as ‘stakeholder engagement’, ‘alliance building’, ‘networking’, and ‘negotiated trade-offs’ without much thought. They become part of your everyday lexicon. However, what all these phrases reveal – in their different ways – is that conservation is about bringing people and organisations together to find the […]

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Amazon River Dolphins

And the species just keep on coming (but for how much longer)?

I find it amazing to think that even in this day and age new species are still being discovered. In a world where technology, economy, politics and business increasingly take centre stage, somewhere in the most remote reaches of our incredible natural world there are yet more species waiting to be discovered. Earlier this year […]

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An African elephant, Botswana. gallery

A year in focus: 12 inspiring images and WWF’s work in 2013

As WWF-UK’s picture editor, I’m constantly reminded how wonderful our world is. From a hard-won image of a rare Amur tiger to a touching insight into gorilla behaviour, the following images show why our work has never been more vital. For the February issue of WWF’s members’ magazine Action, I was asked to select 12 […]

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