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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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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Towards ecological undershoot and business resilience

Our overuse of natural resources to clothe, house, feed, transport and entertain us is escalating. And global carbon emissions continue to exceed the planet’s carbon sequestration capacity. The day in the year by which we use up our annual ecological budget arrives ever earlier as the decades go by. ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ was estimated by [...]

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Atlantic mackerel on processing line at the Shetland Catch fish factory

The times they are a changin’ – next steps for UK fisheries

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones as is always the case in the world of fisheries during September.  Holidays are over, fisheries negotiations are underway and the countdown to the year end has begun.  Looming large in people’s minds is the question of how we are going to implement the new Common Fisheries Policy [...]

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A fisherman gutting fish update

Celebrating a fish win – and how you all made this a success

It is always a pleasure to be able to share success – and today is a day where we are indeed celebrating a successful campaign. A few hours ago, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee voted through crucial amendments to the Common Fisheries Policy reform package, giving the ‘thumbs up’ to ambitious reform. Why is this [...]

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