Have you seen the news today? Full page on Soco in the Financial Times
We’re turning our campaign up a notch by placing a full page ad in the Financial Times today, challenging Soco’s operations in Virunga National Park.
It’s so important where businesses invest their money, so we’re calling on investors to question Soco’s activities in a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Soco is the only oil company exploring for oil in Africa’s oldest national park. We’ve seen how oil development can have serious negative impacts on wildlife, habitats and people in many places. This simply cannot happen in Virunga National Park - it’s time for Soco to leave!
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A second year with zero poaching in Nepal
We’re pleased to announce that Nepal added a new milestone to conservation work in the last year by achieving zero poaching for the year ending in February 2014.
We’ve been working hard recently to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade around the world so it’s great news that Nepal is celebrating success at a time when tigers, elephants and rhinos are being rampantly poached elsewhere. This is the second time that Nepal celebrates a year of zero poaching, the first being in 2011.
“The success of achieving zero poaching throughout the year is a huge achievement and a result of prioritizing a national need to curb wildlife crimes in the country,” stated Megh Bahadur Pandey, Director General of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. “A national level commitment is key to encouraging complementing efforts, right down to the grassroots level, in order to address this biggest threat to wildlife not just in Nepal but across the world.”
Strengthened protection and increased enforcement efforts led by the government have resulted in the second of zero poaching in Nepal. The announcement has been made today 3rd March 2014 which is also World Wildlife Day.
“It is a matter of great pride to mark the first World Wildlife Day with the announcement of a year of zero poaching in Nepal,” stated Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “We are committed to work with the government, conservation partners and the local communities to redouble efforts to sustain this success.”
WWF will also be honouring the work of nine organizations in Nepal that played an instrumental role in achieving this second year of zero poaching through the WWF Leaders for a Living Planet award. They include Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Buffer zone management committees of Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park, and the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
Join us and #passthepanda
We’ve unleashed 60 special pandas across the UK ahead of Earth Hour 2014 to help us spread the message!
They’ve all been named by WWF-UK supporters and have been sent out to 60 people who will #passthepanda to friends and family. Keep your eyes peeled for panda selfies cropping up all over the country – and if a panda makes its way to you, be sure to tweet your own selfie to @wwf_uk with #passthepanda and pass it on to a friend!
If a panda hasn’t come your way, don’t worry! You can still join in by creating your own panda selfie: get a onesie on, or crack out your face-painting skills, and then tweet it to @wwf_uk with #passthepanda!
Keep an eye on our Earth Hour website for new selfies and #passthepanda updates – how far will they go?’