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A WWF project river near a village, India. Copyright: WWF-UK

How can you transform the health of a river?

That’s the question which WWF is looking to answer in India, focusing on the iconic River Ganges – a cultural, economic and physical lifeline for India. Our Ganges programme began in 2007 and as part of our latest phase – the HSBC Water Programme – we’re taking an ambitious, holistic approach to multi-stakeholder engagement. This [...]

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Fish market, Mafia Island, Tanzania. Copyright: David Tanner WWF-UK

Marine conservation and addressing local poverty in southern Tanzania

One of the things people sometimes don’t realise about the work that WWF carries out around the world is that often it is not related to working directly with wildlife or working in ‘nature reserves’. This is particularly true in East Africa where local people’s ongoing reliance on nature and its products (fruit, fish, timber [...]

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A sunken fishing vessel

The Cape Town Agreement on Fishing Vessel Safety should be ratified

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted as its theme for the 2014 Maritime Day: “IMO conventions: effective implementation”. One of the measures of particular importance to the fishing industry is the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel Safety. Fishing Industry’s Poor Record Fishing vessels continue to have one of the worst safety records (PDF) [...]

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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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Fishing Vessels of 100GT and above, such as the pictured UK trawler Catharina, can now obtain an IMO Number.

A starting point for greater transparency in the fishing industry

WWF were instrumental in initiating and then co-sponsoring the decision taken on 4 December 2013 at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), to include fishing vessels of 100GT and above into the voluntary IMO Numbering Scheme. This is an important measure to improve transparency in the fishing industry, long beset by non-permanent vessel identifiers such as [...]

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A video shared by Google showcasing the scientific discovery of a “hidden” rainforest

Scientist discovers a “new” rain forest in Mozambique

It was with a sense of wonder that I watched a video recently shared by Google showcasing the scientific discovery by Dr Julian Bayliss and Flora and Fauna International (FFI) of a “hidden” rainforest on Mount Mabu in northern Mozambique. Dr Bayliss spotted the rainforest using Google Earth and following a little research discovered that [...]

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A grey seal swims in the sea beneath some cliffs

Don’t hold your breath!

Can you remember as a child being so excited about something that you found yourself holding your breath? Well I feel like I’ve been holding my breath every day for weeks now, as we wait to hear the government’s announcement of new marine protected areas – so-called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) – to protect some [...]

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