Build political momentum, drive sectoral transformation ahead of COP26; and recalibrate our efforts to tackle the destruction of nature

2021 should be a breakthrough year for climate and nature, writes WWF Global Lead for Climate & Energy Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and Gavin Edwards, WWF Global Coordinator, New Deal for Nature & People.

Group of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) swimming in kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera), California, USA | © naturepl.com / Pascal Kobeh / WWF

This week, US president Joe Biden will roll up his sleeves and re-engage with the international climate effort; it’s not a moment too soon. …


By Bonnie Chia, Head of Brand, Communications and Marketing, WWF International.

When Andy Ridley, the co-founder of Earth Hour, hired me back in 2012, I thought I had been given the world’s coolest job. Earth Hour was (and still is) one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment. It had a fun, dynamic team that was digitally savvy and creative in coming up with ways to support, engage with and amplify the voices of Earth Hour supporters around the world, from big cities to rural towns to small island communities. It was an eye-opening experience, and a dream come true for me to work for such a noble cause.


By Stuart Orr, WWF Global Freshwater Lead & Brian Richter, President of Sustainable Waters

Marble Canyon on the Colorado River © Donald Giannatti on Unsplash

In early January the New York Times published an article heralding growing investor interest in acquiring rights to water in the Western US. …


As COVID19 is forcing everyone to find new ways of connecting, Mediterranean fishers are increasingly catching up with digital technologies and innovation for sustainable development

Conil de la Frontera © Jorge Saez Jimenez

By Simone Niedermueller, WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative Regional Projects Manager

Last year, we had planned to take more than 30 fishers from the Mediterranean to visit one of the best community-led fisheries WWF is working with: Conil de la Frontera in Spain. Then COVID hit and our plans were dashed. To say we were disappointed — as were the fishers — is an understatement.

So, as the entire world moved to online platforms to continue…


Mariana Ferreira
Head of Science, WWF-Brazil
Co-Chair, IUCN WCPA COVID-19 Protected Areas Task Force

Aerial view of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, in Maués. © Andre Dib / WWF-Brazil

This week a year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In the course of a year, this novel virus has resulted in personal tragedies for millions, and huge economic and social setbacks, especially in the world’s most vulnerable countries.

In the first weeks of the pandemic, I recall people seeking small glimmers of hope in nature. There were headlines and gripping social media posts of nature bouncing back and a part of me wondered if there was some solace we could…


Local fishermen, in traditional Fijian dress, singing traditional songs and going out by boat to mark the creation of a new Marine Protected Area © Brent Stirton

Delfin Ganapin, WWF Governance Practice Leader, and Lin Li, WWF Global Policy and Advocacy Director, argue that securing the rights and recognising the roles and contributions of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are critical in creating a just, green, resilient future.

Born of our destructive incursion upon nature, COVID-19 has shown us just how vulnerable we are to nature’s decline. It has also laid bare global injustices and failures of governance now exacerbating the impacts of both the pandemic and nature loss on the most vulnerable in society.

While the World Economic Forum 2021 Global Risk Report once more highlights…


By Jeff Opperman, WWF Global Lead Freshwater Scientist

Words about nature have been slowly draining from the vocabulary of our pop culture, as reported in a 2017 paper by two psychology researchers, Selin and Pelin Kesebir.

In an op-ed in the New York Times [OJ1], I described how Taylor Swift’s two albums of 2020 — which overflow with nature-themed language and imagery — push back hard on that trend.

Being a conservation scientist, not a music critic, I decided I should apply some rigor to that claim.

So, here I describe the simple analysis that I did to test the…


Alice Ruhweza, Regional Director, Africa Regional Director
Denise Stilley, Communications and Campaigns Manager, WWF-Viet Nam
Edgar Reyna , Communications Strategist, WWF-Mexico
Rose Thuo, Head of Communications & Marketing, WWF International

Introduction by Alice Ruhweza, Africa Regional Director

This is the most exciting time of year for me. It is like Christmas and my birthday all rolled up into one day. It’s International Women’s Day and a public holiday in my home country of Uganda. When I was growing up, there were many firsts for women. Uganda, for example, was the first African country to have a woman sitting in the…


Dear world.

The panda — the centerpiece of our logo for 60 years — is gone! Leaving a gaping void in our logo. It just didn’t feel right that on World Wildlife Day, and as species around the world are disappearing, to use the panda image like nothing is happening. Today it too disappears to highlight the importance of wildlife and the dangerous risk of nature loss to our civilisation.

We need nature. Numerous studies show that nature is vital for our emotional and psychological wellbeing. Nature is part of our fabric, we bring pieces of it into our cities…


By Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

The past 12 months will, of course, be remembered for COVID-19 and the terrible suffering and disruption it caused to millions of people. But, asks WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, could 2020 also be seen as the year when humanity finally awoke to the crisis of nature loss?

As we entered 2020, we were calling it “The Super Year for Nature”. But the world’s most important agreement to combat today’s precipitous nature loss didn’t take place as scheduled. Another casualty of the disruption brought about by the pandemic.

But the agreement…

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