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Orang utan high in tree of rainforest canopy, (Pongo abelii) Leuser NP, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

New estimates of tree and forest cover: should we be cheerful or glum?

Three reports. One counts trees. Another counts hectares of tree cover. The third counts hectares of forest cover. All three reached the headlines in the last week but with different figures. What should we make of them? The first report is by Tom Crowther et al (formerly Yale University) and is the first comprehensive estimate […]

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Helping communities protect globally important forests

Some of the most precious forests in coastal east Africa are under threat – and with the support of Size of Wales, we’ve been stepping up efforts to save them. The Mijikenda sacred forests or ‘Kayas’ of Kenya’s coast have immense cultural, religious and traditional value. People go to these forests to pray, appease ancestral […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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‘Clean Energy Villages’ in Kenya – helping protect forests and tackle poverty

How do you cook your food? How do you light your home? Imagine 95% of the people in a village next to a forest depending on firewood for cooking and that most of this cooking is done using inefficient stoves Now imagine they depend on that forest as the main source of firewood since many […]

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Graeme Le Saux battles for the ball against Colombia. World Cup 98, France © Getty Images World Cup

The threat of elimination

Lots of goals, lots of drama on and off the pitch, but very little expectation. That’s whats been happening so far in the World Cup. England never posed enough of a threat to their opposition. But there are other threats in Brazil that need addressing if we’re ever to keep hold of the varied, the […]

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Apui cheese, Brazil. Copyright: Richard Perkins / WWF

Trees, beef and cheese in Apuí

Trans-Amazonica; it sounds big right? Anything that can go through the Amazon has got to be immense.  The road cuts 4,000 km across Brazil from the east coast (Atlantic) to its western border – in European terms that’s roughly the distance from Lisbon, Portugal to Moscow, Russia! Its construction in the early 70’s intended to […]

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Justin and the WWF crew on Frensham common

Pining for a clearer common

Last week Lucy Shield, Lucy Potashnik, Nicola Loweth, Richard Brown and I used our conservation day to go and help restore some of Frensham common – an SSSI designated area – back to its original heathland. The 400 hectare common is inundated with pine trees, grown after the Second World War when Britain was on […]

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