- In June , the Indonesian Government extended the moratorium on deforestation by two years, in a move that will prohibit new logging permits for primary forest and peatlands in high conservation value forests and plantations, covering an area of 43 million hectares.
- Thirty countries have acceded to the UN global convention on transboundary river use – only five countries are now needed for the bedrock agreement to come into force. WWF has worked for a decade to realise this convention, as it establishes the rights and duties of states sharing freshwater systems and fosters interstate cooperation.
- A major new salmon aquaculture sustainability initiative aims to achieve continued and dramatic reductions in the environmental and social impacts of producing one of the world’s most popular farmed fish.
- The campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef #fightforthereef was boosted by the UN World Heritage Commission’s decision giving Australia’s Federal and Queensland governments 12 months to ensure pristine areas of the reef are fully protected.
- A new WWF initiative has been launched to safeguard the waters off the southern part of Latin America from overfishing.
- WWF has welcomed the first ever comprehensive management plan that aims to guarantee sustainable exploitation of key fish stocks in the Mediterranean, and hopes this represents the start of a move towards responsible fishing.
- The world’s largest pollock fishery has gained certification by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
- The climate change plan announced in June by US President Barack Obama will place limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants – the largest source of carbon emissions in the US – and eliminate public funding for such plants overseas.
- Mexico launched a 2050 Climate Change Vision which charts the path to a low carbon future, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 per cent against 2000 levels.