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And working with scientists, industry and government, we are using cutting-edge drone technology to protect critically endangered Māui dolphins.

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Much more needs to be done to protect the world’s most endangered dolphin.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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We have worked with partners and communities to ensure Indigenous people like the Maasai in Kenya lead conservation efforts and areas.

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Many Indigenous peoples and local communities around the world continue to be denied their rightful say and role in the future of their ancestral territories.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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We helped bring the Iberian lynx back from the brink of extinction in southwestern Europe, with its population increasing from less than 100 in 2002 to more than 1,100 today.

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We must triple Iberian lynx numbers to ensure its long-term survival.

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We’ve protected the magnificent monarch butterfly migration by reducing illegal logging in its core overwintering grounds in Mexico.

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The expansion of avocado plantations in Mexico and the reduction of breeding habitats in the US and Canada remain a threat to this natural phenomenon.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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We are working with over 30 major cities around the world to stop plastic leaking into nature.

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Many urban areas, responsible for an estimated 60% of all ocean plastic pollution, have yet to take action.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And with communities and government, we helped establish the world's largest tropical rainforest national park covering 4.3 million hectares of the Colombian Amazon.

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Around the world, we're still losing 10 million hectares of forest every year.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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The financial sector is changing for the better so that investments restore rather than destroy nature.

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Sustainable investments still only represent about 36% of the global financial market.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We helped secure water flows in 295 basins across Mexico, safeguarding water supplies for nature and for 45 million people.

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Rivers across the world continue to be drained, dammed and diverted.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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China, Singapore* and other governments have banned the ivory trade.

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A vast array of wildlife, valued at up to US$23 billion a year, is still being illegally traded.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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And the efforts of governments and communities, wild tiger numbers are slowly increasing for the first time in a century.

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Poaching and habitat loss remain a constant threat to their future.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We worked with the Belize government to ban offshore oil exploration around its fragile barrier reefs.

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Coral reefs around the world remain vulnerable to rising sea temperatures, pollution and coastal development.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And with communities and governments in East and Central Africa, mountain gorilla numbers have increased by 25% in 10 years.

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Wildlife populations around the world* have seen an alarming 68% decline on average in the past five decades.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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WWF is piloting an innovative tracking system, using blockchain technology, in the Pacific Ocean to help ensure the fish we eat is sustainable.

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One-third of the world’s ocean fish stocks are already overfished.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We have backed community-based whale shark ecotourism in the Philippines for two decades, safeguarding both wildlife and livelihoods.

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Coastal communities and wildlife around the world face increasing challenges, from plastic pollution to the impact of COVID-19 on ecotourism.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We helped establish the world’s largest ocean protected area, covering over 1.5 million km², in waters near Antarctica.

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Only 8% of the ocean is protected today.

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And with communities and governments, we have protected over 100 million hectares of wetlands around the world.

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Wetlands are vital life-support systems for people and wildlife but are being lost 3 times faster than forests.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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Alongside the efforts of scientists and policymakers, we have shown nature’s vital role in tackling the climate crisis.

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Nature can only help prevent a catastrophic global temperature increase if its accelerating destruction is halted and reversed.

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And with the involvement of government and local communities, giant panda numbers in the wild have increased by 68% over the past 40 years.

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With a population of little more than 1800, pandas still remain vulnerable to the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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Together with local communities around the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas in the Central African Republic, we’ve established an ecotourism programme that both helps critically endangered western lowland gorillas and boosts livelihoods.

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Poaching, the illicit bushmeat trade, unsustainable logging and recurring political instability remain a threat to the local communities, who rely on nature.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And local communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12,000 hectares of forest have been planted outside the Virunga National Park – offering a sustainable and legal alternative to taking charcoal from the protected area.

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Too much charcoal is still coming from Virunga – we need to double these fuelwood plantations in the next five years.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And together with partners and Madagascar’s ministry for education, we have set up 750 environmental clubs for young people since 1992.

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We need even more youth engagement to keep protecting the unique biodiversity of Madagascar from deforestation and climate change.

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We have helped 21 wetlands in Madagascar gain recognition as sites of international importance – committing the government to safeguard these vital wildernesses for people and wildlife.

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There are still many biodiversity-rich wetlands around the world that must be safeguarded.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And thanks to many partners, local communities in Namibia are managing their own natural resources in 87 conservancies covering 20% of the country – benefitting both people and wildlife.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused communities to lose vital tourism income, jeopardizing their ability to manage and protect their wildlife.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We worked with the government of Cameroon and partners to create and manage 11 protected areas covering over 2 million hectares.

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These protected areas – so vital for Indigenous peoples and local communities – face increasing threats from agricultural expansion, poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We’ve planted nearly 50,000 koala-friendly trees, vaccinated koalas against the disease and deployed Australia’s largest mobile wildlife hospital.

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A much bigger effort is needed to double koala populations by 2050 and avoid their extinction on Australia’s east coast.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And with our partners, we helped ensure otters threatened by Japan’s pet trade now have the highest level of protection.

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The global craze for keeping rare wildlife as pets continues, and the problems of smuggling and poaching still need to be solved.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And working alongside partners, we have planted 300,000 trees and restored 2,400 hectares of degraded forest in Borneo, helping to safeguard orang-utans and other wildlife.

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Bornean orang-utans remain critically endangered, so we need to step up efforts to protect and restore their habitat.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We worked with herders, children and other local community members to bring 16 natural springs back to life – so vital for people, livestock and wildlife such as the critically endangered Mongolian saiga antelope.

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Climate change and desertification continue to threaten these water sources – so we want to save 100 more.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We’ve helped stop elephant poaching for three consecutive years in key locations in Myanmar.

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Elephants continue to be poached in other areas.

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We’ve helped bring renewable energy to over 1,100 far-flung communities in the Philippines – important steps forward for the future of people and nature.

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Many other communities remain off the grid and in the dark.

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And working alongside communities, governments and partners in Europe, we have created the world’s first five-country protected river landscape.

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New hydropower developments, artificial channels and sediment extraction still threaten this UNESCO reserve for the rivers Danube, Drava and Mura.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We rescued 10 free-flowing, pristine Alpine rivers in Austria from destructive hydropower projects in the past 20 years.

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Half of all naturally flowing Alpine rivers in Austria remain unprotected and under threat.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We’ve strengthened the leadership of Indigenous peoples and local communities in Colombia to effectively govern and conserve their ancestral territories.

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Threats such as deforestation, illegal mining and land grabbing still endanger their culture and territories.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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And the leadership of Indigenous peoples and the Peruvian government, a total of almost 2.5 million hectares of Indigenous territories have been secured in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Traditional communities still struggle to have their rights recognized and to safeguard their territories.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We've helped ensure over 60 million hectares of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon are being managed effectively.

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Deforestation and fires caused by land grabbing still threaten the people and biodiversity of the world’s largest rainforest.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And by working closely with local communities, we’ve protected the habitats of tigers and other endangered species in the Dawna Tenasserim landscape along the Thailand-Myanmar border.

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Poaching, road building and other developments mean the fate of wildlife in the region hangs in the balance.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We successfully called on the Zambian government to protect the Luangwa River and halt the development of a damaging hydropower dam.

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80% of freshwater ecosystems in Zambia remain unprotected – more action is needed to protect these vitally important environments for people and wildlife.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And working alongside our partners, we supported sustainable agricultural practices that improved incomes and food security for about 15,000 people in Zimbabwe – and helped prevent forest destruction.

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Climate change and soil degradation remain a threat to many farmers in Zimbabwe.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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Elephant populations in Tanzania have bounced back by 40% in five years after strong efforts to tackle poaching.

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The threat of wildlife crime hasn’t gone away, and human-elephant conflict is increasing.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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We’ve put sustainable seafood firmly on the menu in South Africa by influencing consumer choices, business policies and fishing practices.

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Unsustainable fishing has left fish stocks dangerously depleted and the oceans’ natural systems in trouble.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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And by working closely with the government, businesses and civil society, we’ve made sustainable palm oil production the norm in Gabon.

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We need to maintain this commitment as the industry grows, and ensure that local communities benefit.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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And with the help of local fishers, we’ve established the first ever fishing-free zones in Croatia.

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In the coming decade, we need to effectively protect 30% of the Adriatic Sea, as well as other seas around the world, to preserve our sea life for future generations.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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In Greece, we secured one of the Mediterranean’s most important nesting beaches for the loggerhead sea turtle.

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Sea turtle species continue to face many threats, ranging from plastic pollution to habitat destruction.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We helped create the world’s largest protected wetland complex, Llanos de Moxos in Bolivia.

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Wetlands are complex ecosystems, and the natural environment of Llanos de Moxos remains vulnerable to climate change, pollution and unsustainable development.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We worked with local people to establish community management of 92,000 hectares of vital wilderness in the southern Caucasus.

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we worked with local people to establish community management of 92,000 hectares of vital wilderness in the southern Caucasus.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We’ve helped around 15,000 local people to gain full legal ownership over community protected areas from the Cambodian government, enabling them to sustainably manage their natural resources.

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Snaring is still a major threat to wildlife in Cambodia, causing a rapid decline in many species.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS
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And with the support of local communities and other partners, we doubled the population of jaguars in Argentina’s Atlantic Forest.

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The big cat’s population in Argentina is still very low because of poaching, habitat loss and other threats.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We helped get nature-based solutions to the climate crisis like forest restoration into Chile’s official climate change action plan.

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Public and private funding are still needed to make these solutions a reality.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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We helped 220,000 green turtle hatchlings reach the sea from 6,000 nests in the last 15 years from Akyatan beach in Turkey.

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All seven marine turtle species are under threat from pollution, habitat loss, fishing bycatch and climate change.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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And working alongside communities, governments and partners in Europe, we are close to creating the world’s first five-country protected river landscape.

BUT...
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New hydropower developments, artificial channels and sediment extraction still threaten this proposed UNESCO reserve for the rivers Danube, Drava and Mura.

TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THIS.
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we’ve provided solar electricity to hundreds of households as well as schools, clinics and businesses in Uganda, in partnership with the government – helping to benefit people, nature and the climate.

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A majority of Uganda’s population still depend on other fuels for lighting, leading to health problems, CO2 emissions and conflicts over natural resources.

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS

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