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The Mekong River and ASEAN economies – neither can prosper without the other

Last week, regional leaders met in Phnom Penh in Cambodia to discuss how to build a more connected, prosperous Southeast Asia at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). They talked about how technology, infrastructure, and closer trade ties will help ASEAN’s youth – a rising powerhouse – shape the economic future of […]

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Why we need to transform our approach to hydropower

Hydropower has triggered intense discussion and conflict for decades. While debates over individual dams carry great weight for local rivers and communities, they are also the most visible flash points of an even larger underlying global challenge: how can the world provide sufficient electricity to support stable, prosperous societies – including delivering electricity to the one […]

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Protecting people and human rights through nature

Many of us don’t think twice about the services nature provides us or how vital these are for the most vulnerable amongst us.  We recently had the opportunity to speak  together about the interdependence of human rights and biodiversity, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, in an event organised to […]

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When water efficiency increases water risk: the need for context-based water targets

© Istockphoto.com / WWF-Canada Shared water challenges in agriculture Few places on Earth illustrate shared water challenges and water risk like California’s Central Valley. The fertile valley, endowed with extensive groundwater supplies, also harnesses the snowpack and rivers of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and combines with extensive sunshine to create one of the most important […]

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About elephants… and history lessons

It was 1986 when I boarded a flight to Tanzania and Botswana to write an article about the elephant crisis for the Italian equivalent of National Geographic. Yes, we have been here before. In the 80s we lived through the first dramatic post-colonial wave of elephant poaching. The demand back then was driven by different countries, […]

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

When surveying people’s favourite sea creatures, sharks are nearly always at the top of the list. Many more sophisticated ocean animal lovers may also champion the wonders of the massive manta ray. Very few, however, are likely to include the manta’s smaller and more elusive cousins, devil rays, among their top marine treasures. As someone […]

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The challenge: can smart investment make sustainable development a reality?

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the international community has worked toward a shared vision of sustainable development. Now, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations (UN) member states have committed their highest level of political will to ensuring that human well-being is advanced within the planet’s ecological boundaries. Yet if the […]

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