by Pete Pearson, Global Food Loss and Waste Initiative Lead, WWF
How and where we farm our food may be the most critical challenge we face on this planet in this century. Agriculture currently occupies 40% of the Earth’s non-frozen land mass, consumes 70% of freshwater withdrawals, and drives 80% of deforestation. The way we produce food and feed for animals is consuming more resources than our planet can regenerate and is the primary reason for declining biodiversity. By 2050, the human population is expected to be 10 billion which will drive an anticipated increase in the demand for food…
With a new report shining a light on corporate failure to meet deforestation- and conversion-free commitments, drastic action is needed from governments, producers, traders, communities, and investors.
If a company consistently misses its financial targets, there will be serious consequences: falling share prices, restructuring, ultimately even the collapse of the business. A smart company will act decisively to avoid such outcomes, devoting whatever resources are necessary to fixing the problem.
So, if companies miss their targets to eliminate deforestation and habitat conversion from their supply chains…
This month marked the release of the first collaborative global study of its kind highlighting the crucial role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) in protecting nature and biodiversity globally.
The State of the Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ lands and territories provides unequivocal and compelling evidence that global biodiversity goals would be unattainable without full inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, whose lands cover at least 32% of the planet’s terrestrial surface; 91% of their lands are considered to be in good or fair ecological condition today.
With the release of a new WWF report, ‘Bringing It Down To Earth: Nature Risk and Agriculture’, offering guidance for financial institutions, Margaret Kuhlow, WWF Finance Practice Leader, and João Campari, WWF Food Practice Leader, take stock of the opportunity and need for investment in nature-positive food production.
A green, just, and resilient recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic depends fundamentally on scaling investment in ecosystem restoration and nature-based solutions that tackle climate change and nature loss.
And for financial institutions looking to address climate- and nature-related financial risks, food system transformation is a pressing priority.
How we produce and…
In conjunction with the launch of the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2021–22, two OPCC veterans share their reflections on a decade of urban development and efforts to foster the creation of One Planet Cities around the globe — cities that enable all people to thrive within the ecological limits of our one and only planet.
Barbara Evaeus and Carina Borgström-Hansson from WWF Sweden gave birth to the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) just over 10 years ago. Both are still involved in WWF’s efforts to harness the power of local governments and their citizens in the global transition toward…
The ocean’s health is faltering. The damage has escalated in recent decades, and continues to accelerate. For World Ocean Day, one of the most important things we can do to protect and restore our ocean is urgently tackle climate change.
By John Tanzer, WWF Global Ocean Lead
From melting sea ice to coral reefs dying in overheating waters, the devastating consequences of climate change are already playing out in marine ecosystems and coastal communities all over the world. At the same time, our ocean and coastal habitats hold vast potential to help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. …
Carol Phua, WWF, takes a hard look at why we need to get smarter about conservation to create real impact for nature & people in a climate-changed future.
Conservationists are often optimists by nature. Whatever brought us to this work, we’re here because we believe we can bring about positive change to our world — a world where nature is valued, people are sustained by its bounty, and justice prevails, both socially and environmentally.
But even the most relentless optimist can’t ignore the hard truth: If we don’t address climate change with the urgency that’s needed — mitigating the worst…
Fran Price, Lead, WWF Global Forest Practice
World Environment Day this year marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, an important moment to get people excited about restoration and to galvanize a new generation of activists who are passionate about protecting and restoring nature.
We are at a critical moment in time: people are waking up — and stepping up — for nature and, more than ever, understand the importance of a sustainable future. Forests are at the heart of this future. Ending forest conversion, preserving the forest carbon sink, and restoring forests has the potential to…
By Karina Berg, Global Grasslands and Savannahs Initiative Lead, WWF
There is no question that forests are magnificent. They have given rise to some of the world’s most stunning biodiversity and provide critical ecological services for the planet. Their role in mitigating climate change is widely recognised. It’s truly wonderful that our appreciation for the world’s forests continues to grow. And yet, is it possible that in the growing urgency to protect forests we’ve overlooked other equally irreplaceable ecosystems in the process?
Two iconic shark species — oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead — as well as many other sharks and rays inhabiting the open ocean are being pushed toward extinction. Main threat? Overfishing. How did we get here and what can be done to save them?
by Dr. Andy Cornish, WWF Global Shark Leader
You don’t forget your first time underwater with a school of scalloped hammerheads. The undulating way they swim together is a thing of beauty. I had travelled all the way to Mozambique to be surrounded by these predators, and was in awe. Years later, in the Red Sea…
Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.