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Today is World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate our wonderful wetlands, the wildlife that thrives within them and the benefits that we as a society gain from them. Wetlands cover very little of the world’s surface, but are home to a disproportionately large number of species, including almost 45 per cent of the world’s

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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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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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Aerial view of the Pantanal © R.Isotti, A.Cambone / Homo Ambiens / WWF gallery

The wonder of wetlands

Today is World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate our wonderful wetlands, the wildlife that thrives within them and the benefits that we as a society gain from them. Wetlands cover very little of the world’s surface, but are home to a disproportionately large number of species, including almost 45 per cent of the world’s […]

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Eastern black and white colobus, or Guereza (Colobus guereza). Usually seen in the tops of trees. Kenya. © Martin Harvey / WWF Coastal Kenya Programme

Pokomo sacred sites, a new opportunity for conservation work in Tana River County

Five counties make up Kenya’s incredible coastline: Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, and Tana River County. Sadly, what often comes to mind when thinking about Tana River County is hostile climatic conditions, hunger, conflict, insecurity, and human suffering. But spend time in Tana River County and you will be amazed by the opportunities that exist. The […]

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World Economic Forum Global Risks 2018 Survey

Five key environmental takeaways from Davos

World Economic Forum Global Risks 2018 SurveyThe World Economic Forum (WEF) took place this week in Davos, Switzerland, the annual event bringing politicians and business leaders together. This year, the theme was ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’, which saw discussions around free trade, human rights, technology, and the environment. It included discussions […]

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Wind Power, Sea, Wind Turbine, Fuel and Power Generation, Industry

Upcoming trends for business and environment in 2018

2017 gave us plenty to talk about in the world of sustainable business. We expect 2018 to be no different, as increasing numbers of people, companies and governments wake up to the need for a green economy. Here are our predictions for the most important trends for business and the environment this year. Renewable energy […]

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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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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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