Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016


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Within the waning days of 2016, it’s necessary to pause for a second to have fun all we’ve completed for wildlife, individuals, and the planet prior to now 12 months.

Collectively, we pushed for brand spanking new laws to assist shut down the unlawful elephant ivory commerce inside our borders and to cease wildlife crime abroad. We noticed international wild tiger numbers rise for the primary time in 100 years, and we put a cease to grease and fuel drilling exploration close to Belize’s barrier reef.

And whereas there’s nonetheless work to be finished, this previous yr has proven us that once we work collectively, we will problem the threats to nature and assist guarantee its potential to offer—for the sake of each dwelling factor.

Check out our yr in evaluation:

China announces bid to end domestic ivory trade by 2017
As 2016 got here to an in depth, China introduced its game-changing determination to finish home ivory commerce by 2017. The brand new laws come as a part of the federal government’s efforts to scale back demand for elephant ivory and assist finish the worldwide elephant poaching disaster.

For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing
After a century of fixed decline, the variety of wild tigers is on the rise. Round three,890 tigers now exist within the wild, in accordance with knowledge launched in April. That’s up from an estimated three,200 reported in 2010. WWF works with governments, regulation enforcement, and native communities to advocate zero tolerance for tiger poaching throughout Asia, and makes use of the newest know-how to guard and join fragile tiger habitat.

A massive win for the world’s most trafficked mammal
All authorized commerce of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, ended because of a world settlement to additional shield the critically endangered species from extinction. Nations determined to strengthen present protections on the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a worldwide settlement between governments to comply with guidelines to watch, regulate, or ban worldwide commerce in species beneath menace.

New US ivory regulations mark a victory in the fight to save elephants
Setting an instance for the world within the struggle to save lots of elephants, america finalized new laws that may assist shut down business elephant ivory commerce inside its borders and cease wildlife crime abroad. The change in US elephant ivory coverage shifts the burden to the vendor to show that a piece of ivory is authorized—a big development in enforcement efforts. It additionally ensures US shoppers aren't unknowingly complicit within the slaughter of elephants. China and the US are two of the world’s largest shopper markets for wildlife merchandise. The historic determination by each nations to part out business elephant ivory commerce is a monumental win for elephants.

Melting sea ice © International Warming Pictures/WWF
Fisherman in Myanmar © Stephen Kelly

US drilling plans spare Arctic’s federal waters
America’s Arctic might be free of latest offshore oil and fuel drilling, no less than for the subsequent 5 years. The US authorities’s newest offshore drilling plan, which determines the place corporations can compete for leases by means of 2022, doesn't embrace auctions for entry to federal waters off Alaska’s northern coast. WWF and 225,000 of our activists opposed drilling within the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas because of the super danger to indigenous communities, wildlife, and their surroundings.

Myanmar assesses nation’s natural capital
An evaluation of Myanmar’s pure assets recognized the place these assets are situated, what advantages they supply to individuals, and the way they could change underneath totally different local weather change and improvement situations. WWF hopes the evaluation will inform coverage selections about economics, power, agriculture, land use, overseas funding, local weather change, and extra.

US designates bison as the national mammal
The bison—a resilient and iconic species roaming our Northern Nice Plains—now serves because the nationwide mammal of the USA. In a present of bipartisan help, the U.S. Home of Representatives handed the Nationwide Bison Legacy Act on April 26, celebrating a species as soon as getting ready to extinction.

Pivotal global climate agreement enters into force
Final yr, almost 200 nations signed on to the primary really international settlement to curb local weather change. And in November of this yr, it formally entered into pressure. Generally known as the Paris Settlement, this unprecedented and important plan goals to maintain international warming to properly under 2°C, and even 1.5°C. It represents a promise to the Earth—a promise to work urgently collectively to unravel our international local weather disaster.

Apps for Earth raises $8 million for the planet
After a 10-day collaboration with Apple on a worldwide cause-marketing and awareness-building marketing campaign related to Earth Day, WWF acquired greater than $eight million for our conservation work—100% of the proceeds from purchases in 27 collaborating apps, together with many who featured new content material highlighting our conservation focus areas.

Two men setting up camera © James Morgan/WWF-US
Belize barrier reef © Antonio Busiello/WWF-US

New anti-poaching technology leads to dozens of arrests of wildlife criminals in Africa
WWF put in a brand new thermal infrared digital camera that may determine poachers from afar by their physique warmth—even at the hours of darkness—and it has since reworked the best way rangers monitor down and apprehend criminals since its introduction in March. Solely 9 months after putting the technology to use, rangers had arrested greater than two dozen poachers within the Maasai Mara, and apprehended two poachers by way of the digital camera system coupled with human detection software program at one other undisclosed nationwide park in Kenya.

Belize halts drilling exploration near threatened World Heritage site
The longest barrier reef within the northern hemisphere acquired a reprieve from seismic surveying in October. Officers in Belize agreed to droop the seismic portion of offshore oil and fuel exploration after an outcry from involved residents, nationwide civil society teams, and worldwide conservation organizations—together with WWF—and their supporters.

Orinoco River Basin report card published
WWF, the College of Maryland Middle for Environmental Science, and native companions launched the Colombian Orinoco River Basin Report Card. River basin report playing cards present a standard understanding of a basin’s well being, determine what’s essential to water customers, and foster a shared imaginative and prescient of the basin’s future. The Orinoco acquired an general well being rating of B-.

Giant panda no longer endangered
The enormous panda was downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Weak’ on the worldwide record of species liable to extinction, demonstrating how an built-in strategy might help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity. The Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) introduced the constructive change to the enormous panda’s official standing within the Purple Record of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17% rise within the inhabitants within the decade as much as 2014, when a nationwide census discovered 1,864 big pandas within the wild in China.

WWF launches the Markets Institute to advance sustainable food production
WWF launched the Markets Institute at WWF, which identifies international points and tendencies round probably the most urgent challenges of our time: the manufacturing of meals within the 21st century. Our objective is to extend the velocity and scale of options to assist optimize international meals sector sustainability.

Sunset on the Orinoco River in Colombia. © Meredith Kohut/WWF-US
Fruit at a grocery store © Yulia Grigoryeva / Shutterstock

New global agreement will help curb pollution from aviation
Unregulated carbon air pollution from aviation is the fastest-growing supply of the greenhouse fuel emissions driving international local weather change. The excellent news is that we now have a course of in place to curb worldwide aviation’s skyrocketing emissions. For the primary time ever, the United Nations' civil aviation physique agreed final week to place a cap on the emissions for a world sector fairly than a rustic.

New regulations around captive tigers
Tiger populations preventing for a comeback within the wild acquired a a lot wanted lifeline from america authorities. Improved and tightened laws round captive tigers will make it harder for captive-bred tigers to filter into and stimulate the unlawful wildlife commerce that threatens wild tigers in Asia. Greater than 451,000 WWF supporters referred to as on the US authorities to assist make this occur.

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