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WWF’s second meta-goal is to reduce humankind’s Ecological Footprint so that we live within the renewable resource limits of our planet. This builds on strong foundations and targets humanity’s carbon, commodity and water footprints which have the greatest impact on biodiversity.
- 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.