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A tree at dawn in Kenya. Image © Fritz Pölking/WWF Coastal Kenya Programme

Adapting to climate change in coastal Kenya communities

There are a number of challenges to adapting to climate change in coastal Kenya communities. Forests and landscapes contribute directly to the well-being and food security of poorer communities. The condition of local forests can have a direct impact on adjacent communities – where huge populations depend on these forests for their livelihoods. However, this […]

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People at the heart of wildlife conservation

Our relationships on this planet are tangled up in a complex web of life, where what we do affects other living beings and our physical surroundings. So why then do we seem to damage the natural resources that we depend on? And how can people-centred solutions to conservation protect wildlife and wild places? On the […]

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Female rubber tapper hanging rubber strips out to dry © Adrian Steirn Sky Rainforest Rescue

Amazon rubber tappers tell their story

Deep within the Amazon, rubber trees grow wild in their native rainforest home. They provide the livelihood for rubber tappers, who have developed an intimate and caring relationship with the rubber trees and their rainforest surroundings. They tell their story here, through two short videos. In this video rubber tapper Sebastiao speaks of the importance […]

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Orang utan high in tree of rainforest canopy, (Pongo abelii) Leuser NP, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

New estimates of tree and forest cover: should we be cheerful or glum?

Three reports. One counts trees. Another counts hectares of tree cover. The third counts hectares of forest cover. All three reached the headlines in the last week but with different figures. What should we make of them? The first report is by Tom Crowther et al (formerly Yale University) and is the first comprehensive estimate […]

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Coastal forests support a huge diversity of wildlife Copyright: Cath Lawson Size of Wales

County governments: key to ensuring sustainable development paths

When Kenya adopted its new constitution in 2010, much of the responsibility for managing natural resources moved from the centralised national government to newly established county governments, through a process called devolution. Across the country, the passing of the new constitution resulted in the formation of 47 county governments and it is intended that devolvement […]

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A date with destiny: What happened when WWF brought a remote forest community face to face with a top Kenyan official

“Protect our forest so that our today, tomorrow and future is assured” says an elder, looking straight into Mr. Mbugua’s eyes. I’m in an office in Nairobi with representatives of the Aweer community, an indigenous tribe living in the coastal forests of Lamu County. WWF has arranged for the group to come to the capital […]

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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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