Conservation Highlights December 2014 Recent achievements and challenges in WWFs work to protect biodiversity and reduce humanitys footprint in priority areas of the global conservation programme Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WORLD PARKS CONGRESS At the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, in November, WWF joined 6,000 experts to review the effectiveness of protected area (PA) networks, and how to address the many threats facing them. Important announcements on new PAs were also made.
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WWF mobilises major new protected areas A high level WWF event at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, announced over 140 mill ha of protected areas (PAs) created since the last Congress in 2003, or newly committed. Mobilization of more than US$500 mill for PA management was also announced. WWF-Canon - James Morgan
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Madagascar takes up marine conservation leadership Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina announced at the WWF event that protected area (PA) cover had been more than tripled since the Durban 2003 Congress, and a US$50 mill conservation fund created. The President committed to triple marine PA cover.
Xavier Vincke / WWF-Madagascar Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Boost for locally-managed marine areas Also at the World Parks Congress WWF event, Fiji announced a commitment to designate the Great Sea Reef the worlds third longest barrier reef as a Ramsar site. This will take the area of Fijis seas under conservation management to 30 per cent.
Brent Stirton / Getty Images Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Coral Triangle protected area network boosted Malaysias Sabah State Government committed to create the 1-million ha Tun Mustapha Park a key marine area in the famous Coral Triangle with extensive coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves, that suffers from overfishing, destructive fishing
practices, and pollution. WWF-Malaysia / Mazidi Abd Ghani Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Bhutan announces worlds highest protected area cover Bhutan announced that since the 2003 Congress in Durban, the protected area cover had been doubled to over 50 per cent - the highest in the world - and launched a US$50 million conservation fund to support the effective
management of the PA system. National Geographic Stock /Steve Winter / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Peru boosts Amazon conservation In a landmark announcement, the Peru Government joined WWF and donor partners in a new alliance to secure long-term funding of US$150 mill for the countrys 76 Amazon protected areas covering 20-mill ha
representing 16 per cent of the country. Phil Freeman, WWF-Australia Conservation Highlights, December 2014 GLOBAL CAMPAIGNS - SEIZE YOUR POWER WWF has run many campaigns over the course of its 54 years to focus attention on key issues and seek solutions. Most recent are Seize Your Power to shift energy investments from fossil fuels to renewables, an emergency campaign to address the threat of oil drilling in Africas prized Virunga National Park, and a global oceans campaign on the importance of protecting marine
resources for people. Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WWF campaign supports shift away from fossil fuels Working with many other organisations, WWFs Seize Your Power campaign contributed to major investment shifts away from fossil fuels. In key new announcements, international development finance organizations will move away from coal-based energy projects, given their disastrous impacts on health and climate.
Edward Parker / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Major banks and governments back away from coal Three of the worlds largest multilateral development banks have announced plans to limit their investments in coal. The World Bank, European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development all major investors in coal-based energy systems have decided to phase out funding of coalbased power stations.
Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Opposition increasing to major fossil fuel projects WWFs Seize Your Power campaign reported that an Italian coal plant, a Canadian tar sands project and offshore oil exploration in ecologically sensitive coastal areas in Norway have all been halted, as the campaign to shift the world away from fossil fuels to renewable energy grows in strength.
Jiri Rezak / WWF-UK Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Need for stronger protection of Great Barrier Reef At the World Parks Congress in Sydney, the Australian Government proposed a ban on dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park. WWF says the ban should cover the larger GBR World Heritage Area, as
the spoil can drift and smother sensitive coral and sea grass beds. Jrgen Freund / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 UN body seeks end to oil, gas and mining in Virunga The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is urged to cancel all oil exploitation permits in Virunga National Park. UNESCO, the UN body responsible for World Heritage Sites, stated that oil, gas
and mineral exploration and exploitation are not compatible with World Heritage status. Edgar Mbekemoja Conservation Highlights, December 2014 BIODIVERSITY - GLOBAL WWFs biodiversity meta-goal is to ensure the integrity of the most outstanding natural places on Earth. This includes the protection of biodiversity in high conservation priority areas, and restoring populations of those species with the highest ecological, economic and cultural value.
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WWF welcomes calls for action to stop biodiversity loss WWF welcomed decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in South Korea to recognize the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in managing conservation, and integrate biodiversity into the new sustainable development goals being discussed by the UN.
Jrgen Freund / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Whales gain greater protection The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has agreed stricter measures to govern scientific whaling using criteria recently established by the International Court of Justice, and to address other serious threats facing whales, including climate change, pollution and ship strikes.
naturepl.com/Mark Brownlow/WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Conservation listing protects shark and ray Seven species of shark and ray are now protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). By regulating trade and stopping unsustainable fishing this aims to achieve the cooperation and reduced consumption needed to
safeguard these species. Naturepl.com/Doug Perrine / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WWF helps track Africas longest wildlife migration Africas longest known terrestrial wildlife migration, where several thousand zebra make a yearly 500 km round-trip, has been identified within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) a huge conservation area
which covers parts of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 WWF seals Madagascar environmental protection deal WWF has signed a three-year environmental protection deal with Madagascar National Parks (MNP) to protect more than 17 million
hectares of land and marine areas through better farming practices and combating deforestation. The agreement covers about 29% of Madagascar. WWF-Madagascar Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Tiger range states agree full wild tiger count by 2016 Tiger range state governments have agreed to run thorough tiger censuses by 2016 to determine wild
tiger numbers and progress towards the doubling of tiger numbers. WWF supported the Tiger Summit in Russia in 2010 where these governments committed to double tiger numbers from the estimated 3,200. WWF-Indonesia Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Tiger conservation successes in the Terai Arc Indias new 72,700 ha tiger reserve
in the Himalayan Terai Arc landscape shared by India and Nepal will link tiger forest habitat in the two countries. And the two countries released first-ever figures for tiger numbers in the shared landscape, counting 239 tigers. Gary Van Wyk / The Ginkgo Agency / Whiskas / WWF-UK Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Coral Triangle marine protected area plan launched
A plan for marine protected area development in the Coral Triangle was launched in May, including the proposed Tun Mustapha Park - a globally significant conservation priority area at the apex of the famed Coral Triangle which supports 130 million people. Jrgen Freund / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Saving the Pacifics marine and cultural heritage
Concerned by sharp declines in shark and ray populations - almost a quarter of these species are threatened - WWF and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring body, have joined in an initiative to help these species recover and continue to play critical ecological, economic and cultural roles. naturepl.com / Alex Mustard / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014
WWF calls for action against Thailands ivory trade WWF is calling for international action against countries such as Thailand that fail to act on their commitments to counter the illegal wildlife trade. A new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, shows ivory items for sale in Bangkok tripled in the past 18 months. WWF-Canon / James Morgan
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Local communities involved in snow leopard protection In Bhutan, WWF is helping convene traditional yak herders in support of snow leopard conservation. A leaders group works with local communities to reduce humanwildlife conflict, manage habitat and prey species, and strengthen local ability to manage this species and its habitat. National Geographic Stock / Steve Winter / WWF
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Europe sees return of large carnivores In a major conservation success supported by WWF for over a decade, European lynx, wolves, wolverines and brown bears are increasing in numbers and returning to areas of western Europe where they are long absent. A European Commission initiative to secure these species will help avoid humanwildlife conflict.
Wild Wonders of Europe / Staffan Widstrand / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Return of European carnivores II: Wolves regain lost territory Europes wolf population is growing with at least 12,500 wolves spread across 28 countries, according to the European Commission. The return of such predators to their former range is encouraged through compensation of livestock losses and reintroduction of methods to
deter wolves such as guard dogs. Wild Wonders of Europe / Staffan Widstrand / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Return of European carnivores III: Increase in wolverines The wolverine has doubled its population in the last seven years from 675 individuals in 2005 to 1,250 in 2012, with significant increases in Sweden and Finland Wild Wonders of Europe / Staffan Widstrand / WWF
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Return of European carnivores IV: Brown bear numbers grow The European brown bear population has increased by 7 per cent in seven years, from 15,800 individuals in 2005 to 17,000 in 2012. The Scandinavian population increased from 2,600 to 3,400 individuals in 1930 there were only 130 bears in Scandinavia. . Conservation Highlights, December 2014
Return of European carnivores V: European lynx healthy The Eurasian lynx population in the EU has grown from 8,000 individuals in 2001 to over 9000 in 2012. The Karelian lynx population has tripled from 870 to 2,500 individuals and the Jura lynx population has grown from 80 to 100. Wild Wonders of Europe / Pete Oxford / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014
But Iberian lynx faces extinction The Iberian lynx half the weight of the Eurasian lynx is one of the worlds most endangered cat species: as few as 250 individuals survive in two breeding groups in southern Spain. Threatened by reduction of its rabbit prey and illegal hunting, individuals are also killed by cars while crossing roads. WWF-Spain / Jesus Cobo
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Bison are back in Southern Romania After 200 years wild bison have returned to Romania. A partnership between WWF and Rewilding Europe brought 20 bison to the Southern Carpathians, with more to come. Bison were wiped out in the early 20th century due to hunting and habitat loss. Staffan Wildstrand/Rewilding Europe
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Polar bear DNA isolated A team of French scientists has for the first time isolated polar bear DNA from a track left in the snow. A WWF team assisted the scientists to find the bears DNA and also that of a seal it had just killed and a seagull that visited the kill site. Greater ability to track polar bears is vital as climate change impacts the Arctic. Tom Arnbom / WWF-Canon
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 FOOTPRINT - GLOBAL WWFs second meta-goal is to reduce humankinds Ecological Footprint so that we live within the renewable resource limits of our planet. This builds on strong foundations and targets humanitys carbon, commodity and water footprints which have the greatest impact on biodiversity. Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Wildlife populations halved across the globe Wildlife populations across the globe
have declined by 50% since 1970 across 10,000 vertebrate species populations 1970-2010 in WWFs Living Planet Report 2014, which also showed these trends can be reversed. Rapid population declines of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles demand urgent solutions to heal the planet. Francois Xavier Pelletier / WWF-Canon Conservation Highlights, December 2014
Immediate action needed on climate change A new IPCC report details dire effects of an unstable climate but also spells out a clear path to a sustainable future. WWFs Samantha Smith says the key findings are that the world can afford to fight climate change, and if we fail to act we jeopardise efforts to reduce poverty and achieve food and water security. Conservation Highlights, December 2014 China and US kick off ambitious climate targets
The worlds two biggest carbon emitters China and US have announced important emission reduction targets. WWFs Samantha Smith said that with a year to the major climate meeting in Paris, this is a good start but climate science and the threat to human equity demand much more. . WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014
More rigorous fisheries standard boosts sustainability A newly-revised and more rigorous Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard is a major boost for sustainable fisheries. The standard requires fisheries to reduce unintentional bycatch and prevent shark finning, and bars companies with convictions for employing forced labour from gaining certification. WWF
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 First MSC fishery certified in India The recognition of Indias first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery marks a significant step forward for sustainable fisheries in the developing world. The Ashtamudi clam fishery is the third fishery in Asia to receive MSC recognition, and supports 3,000 fishers. WWF-India
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Russian companies gain MSC certification Two fishing companies taking10 per cent of the Russian cod and haddock catch in the Barents Sea have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). More than half the global whitefish catch, including cod and haddock, is now MSC-certified -- showing it comes from well-managed fisheries Brent Stirton / Getty images / WWF
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 International treaty to help protect water resources A new international agreement supports sustainable management of rivers crossing national borders. Vietnam is the 35th country to ratify the United Nations Watercourses Convention, which will help transform the way governments share freshwater and settle waterrelated issues. Elizabeth Kemf / WWF-Canon
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Global support grows for a sustainable paper sector WWF has joined with civil society groups to promote a Global Paper Vision that offers practical solutions for paper buyers to source paper that is made sustainably and responsibly, and stresses reduced consumption, recycling, and lowimpact processes, responsible sourcing & emission reductions. Kurt Prinz
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Mediterranean tuna recovery threatened Early signs of recovery in the overfished Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery encouraged fishing nations and industry to push for large fishing quota increases, which WWF fears may imperil the recovery. New quotas increase annual take by 20% to 2016 which WWF feels is too high, too soon.
Wild Wonders of Europe /Zankl / WWF Conservation Highlights, December 2014 PEOPLE By highlighting champions for the environment, WWF recognises their contribution and leadership, while profiling conservation success and, above all, showing what can be achieved by committed individuals and inspiring others to take up the challenge to secure a living planet. Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Paraguayan conservation leader recognized
Carmen Maria Araceli Monges, a forest engineering student from Paraguay, received the WWF Presidents Award in recognition of her outstanding involvement with development of global youth conservation leadership, at WWFs Annual Conference in Brazil in May. WWF-Paraguay Conservation Highlights, December 2014
WWF honours Tanzanias wildlife management areas WWF International President Yolanda Kakabadse praised Tanzanias Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for helping communities wisely manage their local environment. Since 2005, 19 new WMAs link146 villages and 400,000 people, and cover 2,8 million ha, mostly adjacent to high conservation value protected areas. WWF-Tanzania
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Earth Hour 2015 focuses on climate change The campaign strategy for Earth Hour 2015 was released in November, with the key theme of combating climate change. Earth Hour 2015 will continue to leverage the power of the crowd through the phrase use your power.com National Geographic Stock / Sarah Leen / WWF
Conservation Highlights, December 2014 Uruguay to host next Ramsar Convention meeting The Ramsar Wetlands Convention will meet in Uruguay in June 2015 to discuss international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Convention recognises 2,186 key sites worldwide, covering 208 million ha, strongly supported by WWF in the last decade. Wild Wonders of Europe / Milan Radisics / WWF
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