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An aerial view of the Pantanal World Wetlands Day

Why worry about wetlands?

Today is World Wetlands Day, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in 1971. More importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the amazing diversity and value of wetlands around the globe. As the name suggests, wetlands are water-rich areas that are flooded either permanently or seasonally. 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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Local leadership in the Amazon at the Paris Climate Conference

At the start of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) Prince Charles was among the many voices calling for increased action to safeguard the world’s forests, pointing out that “There is no Plan B to tackle climate change without them.” This blog is about one state in the Amazon showing local level leadership on forests. […]

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Two days in the Mekong Delta

In April I joined a group of HSBC staff to visit WWF projects supported by the HSBC Water Programme. We travelled to the Mekong Delta, where the river ends its journey from source to sea across a dizzying landscape of waterways, streams and canals. Day one was spent meeting communities that were improving their livelihoods […]

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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Payments for ecosystem services in Brazil

Around the world, initiatives are being developed and implemented at different scales to reward those that are protecting water catchments, conserving forests and caring for natural habitats. Where payments are involved, this approach is known as Payments for Environmental Services or PES. WWF-Brazil together with a number of partners has just published a series of […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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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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