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Belize reef, South Water Caye. Belize. World Heritage Site

Four years of World Heritage wins and how you, our supporters, helped us to get there.

On October 20, a small developing country made strides in the right direction. The Prime Minister of Belize brought legislation to the table that will see oil exploration and exploitation completely put to a stop in Belizean waters, which got us thinking about all the incredible milestones you have helped us to achieve throughout the […]

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Our blog awards ticket © Duncan Mizen

And the winners are…?

When we first entered the UK Blog Awards last year, we had no idea how people would receive us in terms of how they’d vote. Would we make it through the public vote to reach the finals? How much competition would there be? Would we win anything at all? All perfectly normal questions for any […]

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Gorilla print on paper © Jacinta Sullivan

Hung up on mountain gorillas

Project Hangup was founded in 2010 by designer and illustrator Jacinta Sullivan to create beautiful, considered pieces of art and design that promote care for our environment. Jacinta and Project Hangup work as an advocate for endangered species, aiming to inspire the creative industries to actively consider more innovative, sustainable products and production methods. You […]

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Mountain gorilla family Virunga campaign

Politicians or Gorillas – which do you prefer?

The answer was a forgone conclusion to UK MP John Mann when he asked in Parliament which the public would prefer to save – their Members of Parliament or endangered mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Park. ‘‘Members have already raised the attempts by SOCO, a UK-based oil exploration company, to plunder the reserves in […]

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Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in her sparkly dress, Earth Hour, South Bank Centre, London © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Five for Friday

Five for Friday: 5 blog favourites from March and April

It’s been a busy few months on the blog site, so much so I didn’t even get around to doing my last Five for Friday. There were so many other interesting and important pieces that kept it off the schedule! Because of this, I’ve picked five blogs from March and April to highlight to you. […]

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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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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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