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This question stems from a statement by Fiji Minister, Inia Seruiratou, who at last month’s COP23 said: “Success on climate action requires deep collaboration by a broad coalition of stakeholders. We all have a role to play. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem”. The question is: to

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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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Emperor penguin Chick Dawson-Lambton Glacier, Antarctica © Fritz Pölking / WWF

Top 10 facts about emperor penguins

For me, Emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first saw them on the ice, I was struck by their serene grace and intricate beauty. Delicate gold patches adorn their chest like an artist’s brushstroke against their otherwise black and white plumage. No other species is so perfectly adapted to survive in the

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Lionesses with their cubs aged 3-6 months walking along a track (Panthera leo), Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Top 10 facts about the magnificent Mara

Following World Mara Day on 15 September, we’ve got the lowdown on this incredible landscape… Mara Day, held on 15 September every year, celebrates the Mara River and the unique surrounding landscape in Kenya and Tanzania. The day coincides with one of nature’s greatest events: the annual migration of wildlife from the Serengeti National Park

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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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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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Brown striped snappers, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador fisheries

Climate, Oceans and Fisheries: “Will we be part of the problem or part of the solution?”

This question stems from a statement by Fiji Minister, Inia Seruiratou, who at last month’s COP23 said: “Success on climate action requires deep collaboration by a broad coalition of stakeholders. We all have a role to play. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem”. The question is: to […]

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Handline fishing North Kenya Bank © WWF-Kenya Hassan Mohamed

Celebrating World Fisheries Day in Kenya

As people around the globe celebrated World Fisheries Day on 21st November, I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little more about the importance of fisheries here in Lamu seascape, Kenya. Fishing is a major economic activity for the local community living in Lamu seascape. It’s estimated that, either directly or […]

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River Itchen chalk stream in Hampshire, UK freshwater

Reflections from the Alliance for Water Stewardship Forum 2017

The Alliance for Water Stewardship forum in Edinburgh has just finished. It’s only in its second year but feels like a meeting that’s gathering momentum and it would be great to see it continue. There were many interesting sessions and discussions, including the launch of a new WWF report looking at how well agricultural sustainability […]

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Waatha children resting. © Ahmed Mbarak. Size of Wales

The Waatha people of Kenya

Indigenous people are known to have a very close relationship with nature. Their lives and livelihoods are often intertwined with it. Over the many years of their existence, they have developed strong systems and practices to ensure its continuity. The People Many of you will have heard about the Mijikenda people and their sacred Kaya […]

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Pledging to save the Cerrado, one of the most bio-diverse places on earth

Have you heard of the Cerrado? It’s not nearly as recognised as its neighbour the Amazon but is just as important. The Brazilian Cerrado is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Covering more than 2 million square kilometres it is a diverse and beautiful ecosystem with a huge amount of biodiversity but over […]

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Our imports should support sustainable development, not environmental destruction

Today we are publishing Risky Business, a new report that examines the UK’s imports of seven everyday commodities: beef and leather, cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber, soy, and timber. The report sets out how much of these commodities we imported into the UK every year between 2011 and 2015, and the size of […]

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Making a difference: How Alpro is helping us conserve forests in East Africa

East Africa is globally renowned for its ‘Big 5’ species, found across the landscape in national parks such as the Selous, Serengeti and Mara in Kenya and Tanzania. These vast stretches of land that elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo call home, like the miombo woodlands, savanna grasslands and coastal forests, often go unnoticed, yet […]

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