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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 and panda mascot with the Champions League trophy World Cup

The winning team to help the Amazon

Over the last two blogs we have looked at what makes the Amazon such a special place, and then at some of the major threats to the region and its people. But just as Germany and Argentina have been able to navigate through a minefield of big surprises and challenging conditions in the World Cup, […]

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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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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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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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Kenya Wildlife Service staff Size of Wales

Introducing John Bett and WWF’s Boni-Dodori Coastal Forest project in Kenya

Welcome to my first blog. My name is John Bett and through this blog I want to regularly share insights into our work and the wonders of our coastal forests here in Lamu and Garissa Counties in north-east Kenya, supported through Size of Wales. I head up a small team for WWF working with local communities […]

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An FSC sawmill

Cornwall council gets silver for sustainable timber

Cornwall council recently earned their WWF silver pledge by monitoring three of their key sustainable timber projects. David Morgan from Cornwall council outlines the process they went through… “We’ve purchased sustainable timber for most, if not all, of our projects for the last four years, since we became a unitary authority. For our silver pledge, […]

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