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Conservation hero Robenir (left) receives the Olympic torch at the beginning of his leg of the relay © Rio 2016 / Fernando Soutello Olympics

Lighting the way to Olympic and Amazon glory






With the Rio Games only a few days away, we’re celebrating two conservation heroes of the Amazon who have been part of the Olympic flame’s epic journey around Brazil. From giant fish to wild rubber, find out how indigenous and rural communities are protecting the rainforest through Sky Rainforest Rescue. At the climax of the […]

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Mijikenda sacred Kaya forests Size of Wales

How building relationships is key to protecting Kenya’s incredible coastal forests






If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that we’re working hard to protect Kenya’s beautiful forests and make sure that they’re managed in a sustainable way – but we can’t do it alone. In 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution which moved a lot of the responsibility for managing our rich and wonderful natural […]

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Puffins on Welsh coast ©iStock

5 things the next Welsh Government should do for the environment






We’re heading to the polls to elect our Welsh Assembly Members – so what will the next Welsh Government need to do for our planet? Here are some of the things we think are most important… 1. Protect our seas The Welsh coast and seas are amazing. They’re home to a massive variety of habitats and […]

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Mr Xu, a member of the bee-keeping cooperative, with Mr Wu © Becci May WWF-UK

From hunting to honey: a poacher’s story






I have heard people talk of poachers who have changed their ways and who now work as rangers – well, back in September I met such a person. I was in Jilin Province in North East China, within the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion, where I met Mr Wu who told me his story. Caught red-handed Mr Wu works […]

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Meeting members of an indigenous community. Size of Wales

Kaya forests – a Kenyan example of indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas






Many indigenous communities hold a very close relationship with nature, and have done so for millennia, often using traditional governance and management systems to promote harmonious co-existence between people and the environment. The relationship between indigenous communities and nature is much richer than any words can truly express, but it’s clear that it’s often a […]

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An ancient, indigenous tree in Boni. The forest ecosystem is important to both people and the environment in Kenya. © US AID Size of Wales

WWF working to protect people and wildlife from development projects in Kenya






Lamu County, and in particular the Boni-Dodori forest, is an incredibly diverse and rich area. It’s also home to the indigenous Aweer community who depend on beautiful and important area for their livelihoods including food, shelter, herbal medicine, cultural practices and spiritual needs. Development A few kilometers away from this important forest are two emerging major […]

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Eastern Himalayas © Global Warming images / WWF

Teas to protect tigers, rhinos and elephants






How have boxes of Pukka tea been helping tigers, elephants and the people who share their wild landscape? Over the last three years Pukka and their fantastic customers have generously donated over £200,000 to WWF. We’re looking back at how this partnership has helped us protect the wildlife and communities living in the region known […]

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Brad Schallert (WWF-US), Tim Johnson (AEF and ICSA delegation leader) and myself in front of ICAO HQ.

On flying, forests and phasing out fossil fuels






You probably know that there is a global deal on climate change in the offing in Paris next month. What you may not know is that there is another global climate deal in the offing in Montréal next year – focused on cutting carbon emissions from international flights. Globally, CO2 emissions from aviation are roughly […]

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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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