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Feature Story Mar 03, 2021

Women Fighting Wildlife Crime

Celebrating women around the world who are leading the charge to protect local wildlife.

Video Mar 03, 2021

Wildlife, Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

Wildlife plays an important role in maintaining our ecosystems, representing cultures and supporting livelihoods of local communities.

Feature Story Feb 24, 2021

Shipping Companies are Accelerating Action Against Wildlife Trafficking

Through a UNDP-fronted maritime trafficking project, shipping companies are strengthening wildlife law enforcement at strategic ports.

Video Feb 02, 2021

Protecting Wetlands

Wetlands are vital ecosystems that provide fresh water, support nature, and protect land and people from floods and storms.

blog Nov 17, 2020

Why We Need to Invest in Conflict Resolution for Better Biodiversity Outcomes

New blog discusses how practitioners and governments can work together to solve conflicts over biodiversity without overly relying on economic benefits.

feature story Oct 02, 2020

The Journey Back to Recovery – Resources to Develop Tourism Sustainably

The tourism sector faces a loss of nearly 200 million jobs due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nature-based tourism has been hard hit. New report offers resources to help design recovery strategies sustainably.

Feature Story Aug 13, 2020

Disrupting Maritime Trafficking of Wildlife Through African Seaports

The project on reducing maritime trafficking of wildlife between Africa and Asia is working on combatting illegal wildlife trade.

feature story Jul 30, 2020

Risking Lives to Protect Wildlife: Stories from Rangers in the Field

More than 150 rangers lose their lives on duty every year while protecting wildlife and national parks. On the World Ranger Day we honor rangers serving on the frontline of conservation.

Annual Report May 28, 2020

The Global Wildlife Program - Knowledge Platform 2019

The report summarizes the activities and initiatives implemented by the global coordination project and provides an update and early lessons from the projects implemented by the partner agencies of the GWP.

Infographic May 21, 2020

Biological Diversity Day 2020

We asked the kindergarten class of biodiverse species what they wanted to be when they grow up. This is what they had to say...

Blog May 12, 2020

A Green Economic Recovery for South Asia

As planning for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 begins, the big question is what form this new economy might take?

Feature Story Apr 14, 2020

We Need to Work Together and Follow the Science

The GEF's Director of Programs Gustavo Fonseca addresses the animal origins of the novel COVID-19, the power of wildlife trading bans, and the need for greater alignment between science, policy, and environmental action.

blog Mar 17, 2020

Coronavirus and the ‘Pangolin Effect’

Illegal trade was likely how COVID-infected animals were forced into contact with humans. As it continues to spread, promoting environmental health as a key element of our own health is more urgent than ever.

Video Mar 03, 2020

Listening to the Call of the Wild

What do elephants say when they trumpet? In the case of many African elephants, they are calling for help. Poachers have killed elephants for their ivory and some reports say that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes.⁠...

Paper Oct 07, 2019

When Good Conservation Becomes Good Economics: Kenya’s Vanishing Herds

The paper identifies the drivers of land conversion from natural habitats to other uses and examines the extent to which land conversion leads to the loss of wildlife and tourism incomes.

Blog Oct 29, 2019

The Real Costs of Illegal Logging, Fishing & Wildlife Trade

The illegal trade of timber, fish and wildlife is facilitated by corruption and weak governance across the public and private sectors, 90% of the financial losses are from ecosystem services not priced by the market.

GWP’s Video in the Top World Bank Content

A 15-second video of a family of elephants got over 20,000 views, 160 shares and 156 saves. The responses to this post are reassuring that we can work together to save these beautiful animals from extinction.

Jun 20, 2019

Announcing Global Wildlife Program - Phase II

The World Bank-led Global Wildlife Program is adding 13 more projects and 10 additional countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America going towards curbing illegal wildlife trade and promoting wildlife-based economies.

feature story Mar 07, 2019

Women in Nature Conservation: A Win-WINN

GWP Program Manager Claudia Sobrevila and the IFC’s Leeanne Alonso helped kick-start this network so women working on conservation projects can share their ideas and learn from others doing the same work.

video Feb 27, 2019

Niassa Elephant Defenders

Poachers have decimated the elephant population in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, but Niassa’s rangers are determined to save them from extinction. Rangers reveal what it takes to protect them.

blog Feb 26, 2019

Community-Based Forestry in Malawi Will Soon Bear Fruit

Through community-based enterprises, the World Bank is helping Malawi to improve livelihoods of local communities, manage forests, and help reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Wildlife Program is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and led by the World Bank. Partners include governments of 32 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America along with UNDP, UN Environment, ADB and WWF.