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Female rubber tapper hanging rubber strips out to dry © Adrian Steirn Sky Rainforest Rescue

Amazon rubber tappers tell their story

Deep within the Amazon, rubber trees grow wild in their native rainforest home. They provide the livelihood for rubber tappers, who have developed an intimate and caring relationship with the rubber trees and their rainforest surroundings. They tell their story here, through two short videos. In this video rubber tapper Sebastiao speaks of the importance […]

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Autumn takes me back to my roots

Is it Autumn already?! Soon there will be stunning autumn displays as the trees begin to prepare for winter. It’s the season for change and I can already see the leaves beginning to turn. We’re becoming more accustomed to informed choice when it comes to where our food and clothing is produced and manufactured, but what about our wooden and […]

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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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Baby mountain gorilla, Virunga © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

Investors as key to securing Virunga’s oil-free future

The role that investors can play in influencing company behaviour must not be underestimated. The way in which companies approach issues associated with human rights, community engagement and environmental sustainability has far reaching impacts on corporate profitability and shareholder value and is coming under increased scrutiny by investors. Recent years have witnessed a great deal […]

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Chocolate cakes and packaging made by school children © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UK Easter

Tropical Chocolate – from bean to bar

As a rich chocolate aroma filled every corner of the Learning Zone in WWF’s Living Planet Centre, myself and the education team were busy running our Tropical Chocolate Workshop. The International School of London visited and the Learning Zone was buzzing with excited pupils keen to learn more about the products of the rainforest and […]

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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? Chocolate Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it can […]

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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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