published on 7 January 2019 in ecosystems
Good news from WWF on climate and biodiversity
In 2019 too, there will be no lack of challenges for conservation of biodiversity, threatened every day by climate change and human impact. In order to begin this new year on the right note, WWF has listed 10 of the most important conservation goals achieved at global level in 2018:
- The number of mountain gorillas is increasing. There are over 1000 individuals of this species living in the wild, mainly in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 2010 to date, the mountain gorilla population has increased by 25%.
- The Serranía de Chiribiquete, in the Colombian Amazon, with its 4.3 million hectares has become the largest protected tropical rain forest national park, also defended by UNESCO.
- The Belize coral reef is no longer included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in danger, a result achieved partly due to WWF’s conservation campaign.
- Almost half of Mexico’s water is now protected and able to guarantee water supplies to 45 million people, a result achieved in part by the work of the WWF, which has also made it possible to protect the Usumacinta River, the area with the greatest biodiversity in Central America.
- Due to the battle against poaching and to conservation policies, the number of tigers is increasing, albeit slowly, from around 3200 in 2010 to 3890 tigers now living in the wild.
- 119 companies have signed the “Cerrado Manifesto” to stop deforestation and protect the Cerrado, the huge tropical savannah in Brazil, which includes 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
- The first global commitment in the insurance sector was launched In 2018 to protect World Heritage sites like the Kilimangiaro National Park.
- WWF worked with Inuit organisations in the Eastern Arctic to guarantee an 11 million hectare marine conservation area: a major challenge for protection of an area from the oil and gas extraction industry.
- China has introduced a ban on ivory, a positive result, even if the battle against poaching still has a long way to go.
- Protection of Indus river dolphins, a species in grave danger that in Pakistan numbers less than 2000 individuals, is continuing. WWF, which continues its work in close contact with the local communities to protect these dolphins, have saved and released a female which had become tangled in a net.