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Inside a tannery in India © James Lovick/Tinderflint water stewardship

The Leather Buyers Platform: a collaborative approach to protecting the Ganges

The Ganges is one of the world’s iconic rivers, and its home to over 650 million people, making it the most populous river basin in the world. But it’s not just people who rely on this mighty river, it’s also home to a number of incredible species including Ganges river dolphins, gharials (a specialist fish-eating […]

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Collection of freshly picked vegetables. South Africa © Martin Harvey / WWF water stewardship

Taking water stewardship to the next level: the Courtauld Commitment 2025

2017 saw great progress being made in corporate water stewardship, with a growing number of companies making public commitments to tackle water risk across their supply chains. But what can we hope for in 2018 to speed up progress and see significant action at scale? Collective action and governance are core to water stewardship, but […]

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Traditional boat, Ganges river, Kahalgoan, Bihar, India, 2001 © naturepl.com / Neil Lucas / WWF

What links the iconic River Ganges to the shoes on your feet?

If the shoes on your feet, the bridle on your horse or the wallet in your pocket comes from India, there’s a good chance it was produced in a tannery along the Ganges River. The problem is that these tannery clusters are causing an issue; they’re polluting the Ganges with heavy metals, process chemicals and […]

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Cows drink from the River Derwent by Kirkham Priory © Sarah Wade

Joining the Dots on Water Stewardship

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” (unknown) We all need water, we all use water, but we can only protect water and our rivers by working together. Our new Water Stewardship Service is a way for business to […]

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Nancy Rono, Farmer, works on her farm. Bomet County, Mara River Upper Catchment, Kenya © Jonathan Caramanus / Green Renaissance / WWF-UK

Can YOU whistle a symphony?

Companies’ resources, interest, engagement and action are in high demand. With so many environmental and social causes out there they have to compete for budget, engagement and related action. At WWF, we champion lots of environmental and social causes, and support our corporate partners to do the same, but naturally, we all have our favourites. […]

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Water: A Risky Business

Every year, the World Economic Forum publishes its Global Risks Report ahead of its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. For the third year running, the water crisis was in the top three global risks in terms of impact. The report noted that the interconnected nature of the water crisis and environmental risks highlights the need […]

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Itezhi-tezhi Dam, water flowing out of retention basin© Sarah Black / WWF World Water Week

Water security at basin scale; the importance of power, politics and communication

With World Water Week taking place this week in Stockholm, I have been thinking back to the Water Security Short Course at the University of East Anglia (UEA) that I was lucky enough to attend recently. In this blog I share the key lessons I took away including the importance of setting our actions in the catchment context and […]

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