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As apex predators, sharks are crucially important to the health of the world’s oceans, but are being wiped out on a massive scale – an estimated 100 million killed annually, mostly for shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.
Sharks also breed slowly. WWF offices in the Asia-Pacific region are campaigning to get their countries to stop importing, selling and consuming shark fin.
“WWF’s Year of the Tiger campaign in 2010 was central to mobilizing the global effort to save the tiger.
With many partners, we helped shape the global strategy to double tiger numbers. And in the tiger range states, we worked with governments and others to create the national plans that underpin it.” Jim Leape - WWF International Director General.
- A survey of wild tigers in Nepal announced in July estimates 198 individuals – a 63 per cent increase since the last estimate in 2009 – establishing Nepal as the pace setter among the tiger range states that committed in 2010 to double their national tiger numbers by 2022.
- WWF has called on all 13 tiger range states to conduct a series of tiger counts through to 2022 to determine progress towards the target to double tiger numbers agreed at the high level Tiger Summit hosted in St Petersberg by the Russian Government and World Bank in 2010.
WWF’s Earth Hour started as a lights out event in just one city in 2007 and has grown into the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, active in over 150 countries and 7000 cities and towns.
Earth Hour’s unique mix of on-the-ground activity and massive digital engagement has enabled a global community to go ‘beyond the hour’, crowdsourcing actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments on environmental issues across the planet. Earth Hour Blue now takes up the shift from an event to a movement. By mobilising crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for causes, creativity and innovation, Earth Hour Blue will support urgent environmental initiatives worldwide.
- The Government of Paraguay has extended its Zero Deforestation Law – aimed at stopping further clearance of the critically-threatened Atlantic Forest – until end 2018.