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2010-10-18Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000




Wild Talk - February 2009

2009-02-17Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 +0000

Download audio, interviews and features that reflect the diverse and exciting nature of WWF & IUCN's work around the world.
  • Catlin Arctic Survey - measuring Ice Thickness
  • WWF at the World Energy Summit
  • On the lookout for the Lynx
  • IUCN on the road to Copenhagen
  • Planet Ocean in Peril


Catlin Arctic Survey - measuring Ice Thickness

(image) Clive Tesar, Head of Communications at WF's Arctic Network initiative, talked to Wild talk about the upcoming Catlin Arctic Survey, an expedition from Northern Canada to the Arctic that will measure the thickness of the sea ice, therefore helping to depict models of the rate of depletion of the sea ice, which destroys the habitats of the creatures living on them- Listen Now (image)


WWF at the World Energy Summit

(image) Eduardo Gonçalves speaks to delegates at the World Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, talking about the need for a One Planet Economy and society, and how the Masdar City initiative and similar such ideas are key for the planet to develop in a way that uses the resources of our planet in a sensible and sustainable manner - Listen Now





On the lookout for the Lynx

(image) Looking for the Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) in Switzerland's Jura mountains is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Although they were re-introduced to the country in the 1970s, there are only about 100 alive today. Wild Talk took to the hills with wildlife biologist Fridolin Zimmermann to check the camera traps set up in the Jura to monitor the population- Listen Now




IUCN on the road to Copenhagen

(image) Will the world finally agree this year on how to combat climate change? All hopes are pinned on the United Nations climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December, which should come up with an agreement to succeed the Kyoto protocol that runs out in 2012. Wild Talk speaks to IUCN's Climate Change Officer, Ninni Ikkala, about the challenges ahead and what IUCN is doing to help keep negotiations on track - Listen Now



Planet Ocean in Peril

(image) Deep sea explorer Sylvia Earle has led more than 50 expeditions and clocked up some 6,000 hours underwater. A dedicated champion of the deep ocean, Wild Talk catches up with her over the phone from her home in California, to ask how she felt when she won the 2009 TED prize. Sylvia discusses the dire situation planet ocean is in and speaks of her hope that we still have time to turn the situation around. - Listen Now




Wild Talk - January 2009

2009-01-16Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000

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Further new species discoveries in the Mekong

(image) Richard Zanre, Manger of the Freshwater Programme with WWF in Cambodia, talks to Wild Talk about the recent discoveries in the region, including the re-discovery of Cantor's Giant Softshell Turtle, thought to be extinct in the region since 2003. Richard tells us about the plans the programme has to protect and preserve these delicate ecosystems located in North-East Cambodia that are hardly touched by humans - a rare find in this day and age - Listen Now



 

Slippery slope for Carpathian ski developments

(image) Andreas Beckmann on the planned developments of countless ski resorts in the Carpathian Mountains and other parts of eastern Europe. Andreas tells us how there costly plans, both environmentally and financially, and that with less and less snow each winter, upon completion, they may not even be useful as ski runs - Listen Now





Greening the economic crisis

(image) In the run up to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Wild Talk speaks to Giulia Carbone, from IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme, to see what impact the economic crisis is having on businesses. Is industry shying away from its envionmental responsibilities or is it more committed than ever? Listen Now

 
 

Walking the talk

(image) Biologist and ecology consultant Dr Florian Meier is a rare breed. Not only does he talk the talk when it comes to conservation, he also practises what he preaches. Wild Talk caught up with him at his home in an old farmhouse in the Bois de Chêne Natural Reserve - an oak forest at the foothills of the Jura mountains in Switzerland. He explained how he and his family try to live with as low an ecological footprint as possible - Listen Now




Wild Talk - December 2008

2008-12-15Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000

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Species surprise in Greater Mekong

(image) WWF has announced that more than 1,000 species new to science have been recorded in South-East Asia's Greater Mekong region over the past decade. Stuart Chapman, Director of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme, discusses these remarkable findings and explains how they prove the need for greater care to protect biodiversity in the face of the demands posed by economic development - Listen here.

Climate in crisis - The Ecosystems and livelihoods Adaptation Network

(image) IUCN has established a new network to help people suffering the effects of climate change learn how to cope with it. The Ecosystems and Livelihoods Adaptation Network, set up with the help of WWF and other environmental and development organizations, will link up organizations that help people already feeling the impacts of climate change on the ground - Listen here.




Disappointment from ICCAT

(image) Speaking at the recent 16th meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna, Gemma Parkes, of WWF's Mediterranean Progamme Office, highlights the truth of the situation facing Bluefin Tuna in Mediterranean fisheries, and explains what needs to be done to prevent them from becoming completely extinct - Listen here.

A fifth of corals dead say new IUCN reports

(image) The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world's reef status, launched today by IUCN as part of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. If current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years with alarming consequences for some 500 million people who depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods - Listen here.



Turtle troubles

2008-12-04Thu, 04 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Marine turtles in the Caribbean and off the shores of Latin America are under threat. Carlos Drews, from the WWF Regional Marine Programme, explains how fishing hooks and climate change spell double trouble. He explains why marine turtles are a flagship species for WWF and how the world can save them with simple methods such as using different fishing hooks and planting trees on nesting beaches to cool the temperature by two degrees.



Wild Talk - November 2008

2008-11-15Sat, 15 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000

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Turtle troubles

(image) Marine turtles in the Caribbean and off the shores of Latin America are under threat. Carlos Drews, from the WWF Regional Marine Programme, explains how fishing hooks and clima te change spell double trouble. He explains why marine turtles are a flagship species for WWF and how the world can save them with simple methods such as using different fishing hooks and planting trees on nesting beaches to cool the temperature by two degrees - Download MP3

Conservation Corridor

(image) A wildlife corridor that spans 2,800 km along eastern Australia was the subject of a new film premiered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona last month. David Sheppard, Head of IUCN's Programme on Protected Areas, tells Wild Talk what this means for Australia's plants and animals, which will now be able to move into new habitats as the climate changes. - Download MP3



Virunga in Crisis

(image) The recent outbreak of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is putting the lives of the worlds mountain gorillas at risk. Virunga National Park, its staff and its mountain gorillas are now left at the mercy of soldiers of the conflicting armies. IUCN's Josephine Langley, who monitors World Heritage sites, discusses how the fighting has affected the park and explains how people can help. - Download Now



Wild Talk October 2008

2008-10-16Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +0000

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Welcome to the latest edition of Wild Talk from WWF and IUCN.

This months' edition of Wild Talk includes an extract from WWF Director General james P. Leape as he addresses those attending the sustainable cities and communities conference held in Genenva on September 30th. We also catch up with the Director of WWF International's Species Programme, Dr. Sue Lieberman, who runs us through the major news from the recently released IUCN Red List of threatened species, and what these say about the challenges to species protection across the world.

WWF Director-General Jim Leape speaks to the Sustainable Cities & Communities Conference
Early this month, WWF DG James P. Leape addressed those attending the Sustainable Cities & Communities Conference in Geneva, seeking to highlight WWF's understanding for the need to work cohesively with business if changes are to be made that will enable the global population to live sustainably on the planet.

In this extract, Leape covers how the current ecological footprint of many countries in the world far exceeds the capacity of the planet, and also highlights some of WWF's previous engagement with business, specifically in the area of seafood.

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Dr. Sue Lieberman, Director of the Species Program at WWF international, discusses the findings from this years Red List of Threatened Species, released earlier this month by IUCN.
The key findings of this years report were that more species are threatened than ever before, and though in some instances, there is positive news, the overall picture is worrisome. Dr. Lieberman explains the reasons why we are seeing more species threatened (increased data collection being one of them), and how what needs to happen to stop this decline.

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Wild Talk September 2008

2008-09-15Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +0000

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Welcome to the latest edition of Wild Talk from WWF and IUCN.

This months' edition of Wild Talk looks back on WWF Director General James P. Leape's speech at last months World Water Week, while our second interview takes a look at the concept of One Planet Living, and the upcoming Sustainable Cities & Communities Conference in Geneva from September 30th to October 1st. We also take a look at the world biodiversity hotspots with Michael Tobias,and look forward to the IUCN Congress in October.

A call to action on water management

With the eyes of the world trained on Stockhom for the World Water week in August, WWF Director General James P. Leape called for an end to just discussions, and that action needed to be taken. "There are no regrets to many of the actions we can take now" said one WWF spokesperson. In this short except from Mr. Leape's speech, he outlines that the major problem for water use is its sustainable management. Action must be taken now, and it must come from all of us, not just the governments or corporations, but individuals and communities as well.

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Sustainable Cities - more than just a vision
One planet Living, the notion that we can exist on this planet within the limits of the resources at our disposal, is a vision that WWF sees as not just achievable, but necessary to ensure our continued survival on this planet. Wild Talk spoke to Jean-Paul Jean-Renaud, Director of Corporate Relations at WWF international, to explain how this concept can actually manifest itself, and what to expect from the upcoming sustainable cities and communities conference at the end of September.

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Hotspots revealed
Wild Talk is taken on a magical mystery tour of the world's hotspots by Michael Tobias, who followed Russ Mittermeier during the making of his film Hotspots. We travel from Madasgcar to the city lights of Los Angeles as Michael describes what the crew saw on their way and discusses the importance of conserving these wonderfully rich areas of biodivserity.

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Congress Countdown

With IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Barcelona just three weeks away, Wild Talk catches up with IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. She explains why the Congress is such a crucial event, not only in the enivormental world, but for society as a whole. What will come out of the Congress and what difference will it make to the world? Find out here.

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Wild Talk August 2008

2008-08-14Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:00:00 +0000

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Welcome to the latest edition of Wild Talk from WWF and IUCN.

This months' edition of Wild Talk focuses on the upcoming World Water week in Stockholm, how the Danube needs protection to save the natural environment from far-reaching development, as well as the status of primates, and how they may very well be eaten to extinction if present trends continue.

World Water Week Stockholm - a new engagement
WWF will be truly engaging in the World Water Week for the first time this year, and is hoping to make the point that with 2.6 billion people facing water sanitation issues, maintenance of the environment is paramount in any effort to rectify the situation. Remy Kalter spoke to Flavia Loures of WWF's Freshwater Programme about what WWF hopes to achieve at this conference.

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Keeping the Danube beautiful
The Danube-Carpathian region of central Europe is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. However, rapid economic development of the region threatens to ruin one of Europe's few remaining regions of natural, untouched beauty. Michael Baltzer, Director of WWF's Danube-Caprathian Programme Office speaks to Wild Talk about the prospects for the region, and the steps that must be taken to ensure protection of a rapidly developing region.

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Eaten to Extinction: Mankind's closest relatives
The world's monkeys, apes and other primates – are disappearing from the face of the Earth, with some being literally eaten to extinction. The first comprehensive review in five years of the world's 634 kinds of primates found that almost 50 percent are in danger of going extinct, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Wild Talk speaks to primatologist Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Head of IUCN's Species Programme, to find out more.

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Wet 'n' Wild in Stockholm
The great and the good from the world of water are gathering in Stockholm for the annual waterfest, World Water Week from August 17-23, 2008. About 2,500 representatives from NGOs, governments and business will be taking part. The main focus will be on human health and freshwater, with a special focus on sanitation. Stefano Barchiesi works with IUCN's Water Programme and is also attending World Water Week in Stockholm. He told Wild Talk more about what will be on the agenda.

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Wild Talk July 08

2008-07-17Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Big cats in danger

Tigers poaching and tiger farming are just two of the threats facing one of the world's biggest cats. Adam Szreter spoke to Bivash Pandav, coordinator of WWF's Tiger and Asian Big Cats Programme, and asked him why we should care.

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G8 brings no news and old promises

Yet another G8 meeting has come and gone, this time in Japan. Remy Kalter spoke to Christian Terriete, WWF's manager of climate change communications in the Asia-Pacific, about the way forward after the meeting's disappointing outcome.

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The timid creatures of the Amazon
What are these pony-sized, piglike funny-looking animals? Should we be afraid of them or are they going to run away from us? Mathias Tobler, a member of the Tapir Specialist Group is currently working in the Peruvian Amazon with the Andes to Amazon Biodiversity Programme. Focusing mainly on plants and mammals, their on-the-ground research is contributing to the conservation of tapirs and other species in the region. He tells WildTalk why tapirs are so important for maintaining the balance of ecosystems and what they're like.

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Protect and connect the forests of Costa Rica
Is business bad or good for the conservation movement? To what extent are they compatible? Chiquita's Nature and Community Project in Costa Rica is an example of how public-private partnerships for biodiversity can create lasting benefits for endangered species and ecosystems. George Jaksch, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Chiquita International tells Wild Talk about this project and why such initiatives should be multiplied.
 
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Wild Talk May 08

2008-05-20Tue, 20 May 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Northward bound
Polar explorer Pen Hadow will lead a three-person team on a trek to the North Pole next February, along the way taking millions of measurements that will for the first differentiate between snow and ice and determine the true thickness of the polar ice cap. Phil Dickie asked him why the fascination with the Arctic, and what he hoped this latest Arctic survey would achieve.

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Of nature and faith
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, dropped into WWF International recently for a broad-ranging discussion about the role of the churches in conservation. Here is a little of what he had to say.

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Sustaining Life
Saving species can help save human lives. That's the message from a new book called Sustaining Life, which has been published recently. IUCN's Chief Scientist Jeff McNeely, who contributed to the book, explains why it is in our best interest to help save species and gives examples of how they can solve medical mysteries.


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Tuna troubles
Tuna is now one of the most important seafood products in global trade. But rising demand has left most tuna stocks either depleted or fully exploited. Sarah Halls talks to IUCN's Eric Gilman, who explains the problem and what can be done to put the situation right.

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Wild Talk podcast April 08

2008-04-15Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0000

Gorilla grip

They share most of their genes with humans, live in the mist, and somehow manage to drive tourism in some parts of Africa, even though only 720 of them remain. So just what it is that is so special about mountain gorillas and what does the future hold for them? Moira O'Brien-Malone speaks to Marc Languy, head of WWF's programme in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

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Rivers of sound

Hubert von Goisem took to a barge to bring his music and environmental message to the people who live along the Danube. Now he is planning a similar concert tour along the Rhine. Andreas Beckman, from WWF's Danube Carpathian programme, asked him why.

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Changing climes

Indigenous peoples around the world will bear the brunt of climate change – but they are also armed with the traditional knowledge to survive its effects. As IUCN releases a report on indigenous and traditional peoples and climate change, IUCN's Senior Advisor on Social Policy, Gonzalo Oviedo, explains more.

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Arriving by sea

Invasive species are causing huge problems around the world. They are transported from one side of the globe to another, mainly by ships. Here, IUCN's Marine Programme Officer Imène Meliane explains the problem and what we can do to solve it.

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Wild Talk Radio Feb/March 2008

2008-03-03Mon, 03 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0000

This month: You'll learn why life is no picnic for Europe's brown bears and what WWF is doing to help in the greening of the upcoming Beijing Olympics. You'll also find out why a bank would run a marathon and get involved with a conservation organization and discover how climate change is affecting the day-to-day lives of people in Kiribati.

Bearing up
Europe's brown bears, most of which live in Romania, are facing increasing risks -- from government plans to cut their numbers, to clashes with humans and encroachment on their habitats. Wild Talk catches up with Andreas Beckman, from WWF's Danube Carpathian programme, to learn what is being done to help the bears.

Going for Gold
In the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics WWF has been asking athletes to set their sights on a different kind of gold ... a gold standard in carbon offsets. Dermot O'Gorman, WWF's representative in China, talks about the campaign.

Banking on the Future
Standard Chartered Bank is concerned about the future, and believes its customers are too. So it has teamed up with WWF to help stop environmental degradation and to make nature one of the winners of the Greatest Race on Earth. James Stacey, the bank's head of sustainable business, explains it all to Wild Talk.

That sinking feeling
In the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati people are already feeling the ill-effects of climate change. Wild Talk hears how king tide, salt water in food crops, and coastal erosion are just some of the things these people have to endure




Wild Talk December/January 2008

2008-01-01Tue, 01 Jan 2008 00:00:00 +0000

You will here results from the IPCC climate change meeting in Valencia, Spain.There's the second part of our interview with Cradle to Cradle author Michael Braungart.As we count down to the Beijing Olympics we talk about the contribution WWF is making towards environmentally-friendly games.We also ask the question: Is the Iberian lynx out of danger in Spain?Stories of shady money, disastrous developments projects and conservation threats in Bulgaria.And more on the monarch butterfly and its massive migration from the US to Mexico in Spotlight on Species.No excuse for climate inactionImmediate action is essential if the world is to avert "runaway" climate change, according to the latest report by the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Wild Talk catches up with the director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme, Hans Verolme, about the latest developments in the ongoing climate change negotiations. Download MP3 nowImpacts of global warming in the MediterraneanThe impacts of climate change are not just being realized in scientific meetings, but hitting home across the world. At the recent climate change meeting in Valencia, Wild Talk speaks with Mar Ascunsion, WWF-Spain's Climate Change Director about the main impacts of global warming right now in this Mediterranean country. Download MP3 nowDiscovering Malaysia's Borneo forestsThe forests of the Borneo offers some of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth, and is home to a range of unique wildlife, including elephants, rhino and organg-utans. Find out  more about these forests with Surin Suksuwan, a programme officer with WWF-Malaysia. Download MP3 nowCradle to cradle: Nature-inspired design principlesIn Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough and Michael Braungart write about the transformation of industry through ecologically intelligent design – where designers employ the intelligence of natural systems to create products, industrial systems and buildings that allow nature and commerce to co-exist.. Wild Talk catches up with German chemist Michael Braungart at WWF's One Planet Leaders Workshop to further explain the "cradle to cradle" solution. Download MP3 nowGreen OlympicsWith less than a year away, Beijing is in a flurry as it prepares for the world's biggest sporting event. WWF-China's Su Xiaowei interviews Paolo Revellino, a sports and environment expert with the UN Environment Programme, about the role non-governmental organizations, like WWF, can play in ensuring that the Olympic Games are environmentally friendly. Download MP3 nowNew lynx population discovered in SpainSpanish authorities have announced the discovery of a previously unknown population of Iberian lynx, triggering hope for the world's most endangered cat species. Wild Talk speaks with Luis Suarez, head of WWF-Spain's Species Programme, about the latest lynx discovery. Download MP3 nowDevelopment projects threaten Bulgaria's natural treasuresIt's cheaper than Spain...that seems to be the rallying cry for Bulgarian developers as they try to attract the next generation of second home owners from across Europe. But the pressure to build is putting some of Bulgaria's natural treasures at risk. Andreas Beckmann of WWF's Danube-Carpathian Programme, talks about combating illegal construction in Bulgaria's national parks. Download MP3 nowSpecies spotlight: Monarch butterflyEvery year, millions of monarch butterflies travel thousands of kilometres to hibernate from November to March in the pine forests of Mexico. In a second part series, WWF-Mexico's Carlos Galindo-Leal describes the migration and threats facing this butterfly species. Download MP3 now[...]



Wild Talk November 2007

2007-11-01Thu, 01 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0000

More Rice Less Water and Indus for All It's the staple food for more than half the world's population and provides nearly a quarter of the calories humanity needs to survive. Basically rice is the most important food grown in the world. But it's a very thirsty crop. Focusing on India – a country which faces a major water crisis, yet has the world's largest cultivated area for rice – the latest study from WWF found that the system of rice intensification has helped increase yields by over 30 per cent while using 40 per cent less water than conventional methods. Lisa Hadeed spoke to WWF's Dr Biksham Gujja and asked him how this method differs from other methods of production. Download MP3 The Indus River irrigates a staggering 80 per cent of Pakistan's farmland. That makes it a critical resource for the country's 160 million people. It's also particularly rich in different species including the endangered Indus River Dolphin. Ali Devlavi works on the Indus for All programme with WWF-Pakistan. He talks to Wild Talk about the diversity of life you find around the Indus. Download MP3 Festival in Papua New Guinea and Award Winner in London Local people in Bensbach, Papua New Guinea, along along with politicians and WWF representatives, celebrated the declaration of three new Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). The creation of these new areas, together with the existing Tonda WMA, means that this region will now contain the largest continuous protected area in PNG. This low-lying coastal region of grasslands, savannas, wetlands and monsoon forests covers more than 10 million hectares. Ashwini Prabha from WWF's South Pacific Programme Office has this report. Download MP3 Now for a look at the winner of this year's Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal, which was presented last month at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. The medal, WWF's highest accolade and awarded in honour of outstanding service to the environment, was awarded by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who is also President Emeritus of WWF International. This year's winner was Dr Denzil Miller, Executive Secretary for the 24-nation Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Wild Talk spoke to Dr Miller and asked him about the innovations he's put in place. Download MP3 Madagascar's Forests and Cradle to Cradle Eastern Madagascar is characterised by lush tropical forests. The region of Fandriana-Marolambo is about 150,000 hectares in size, and this is where Fara Lala Razafy works for WWF-Madagascar. These so-called moist forests represent an important centre for unique species. Fara told Wild Talk more. Download MP3 Cradle to Cradle is a book written by William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart. Basically it's a manifesto calling for the transformation of industry through ecologically intelligent design. Wild Talk caught up with Michael Braungart at WWF's One Planet Leaders Workshop. In the first part of this two-part series he explained what is the cradle to cradle solution. Download MP3 New office for WWF Armenia and Spotlight On Species Building on over 15 years of conservation work in the Caucasus region, a new WWF office in Armenia will work with local partners and communities in protecting the country's unique environment. Arthur Kohyetsyan works at WWF Armenia. Download MP3 Every year, millions of Monarch butterflies travel some 4,500 kilometres to hibernate in Mexico. This mass migration is about finding the pine and oyamel forests located in Mexico's central states. WWF Mexico's Carlos Galindo-Leal told Wild Talk in the first of a two-part series why this incredible natural phenome[...]



Wild Talk October 2007

2007-09-27Thu, 27 Sep 2007 00:00:00 +0000

UN Climate Change Summit and Eco Living in Switzerland The UN's high-level climate change meeting in New York declared that an ambitious comprehensive climate agreement will be negotiated within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This will build on the Kyoto Protocol, and it will all be done by no later than 2009. Wild Talk caught up with Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme, in New York and asked for his reaction. Download now MP3 WWF-Switzerland has announced plans to create eco-communities in Geneva. Negotiations with local authorities are at an advanced stage. With plans for three developments and thousands of new homes. All of these would meet the strict ecological standards of WWF's One Planet Living label. WWF's Gael Leopold told me more about how this programme is spreading globally. Download now MP3 Soil to Soul and Zero Deforestation in Paraguay Alastair McIntosh is author of Soil to Soul, which looks at ways in which local people are better placed to manage local resources, preserving the environment for future generations. Wild Talk asked him what were the main threats to the environment today. Download now MP3. The rate of destruction of Paraguay's forests has been slashed. WWF has verified that deforestation in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest has decreased by a whopping 85 per cent to just 16,700 hectares annually. WWF Paraguay's Lucy Aquino spoke to Moira O'Brien Malone. Download now MP3. Fishing in Baja California and Reef Watching in the Gulf of Mexico When you're next in the supermarket watch out for the Marine Stewardship Council's blue logo on the fish you buy. This guarantees that the fish you pop on your plate has been produced in a sustainable manner. What that means is that this species isn't being overfished to the point of extinction and that fisherman are getting a good price for their product. One of the first community fisheries to win the MSC badge of approval were fisherman in Baja California, in Mexico. Wild Talk went down take a look.Download now MP3. The Mesoamerican Reef is so large, so diverse, and so pristine that it's known as the 'jewel' of the Caribbean. This natural wonder stretches for 720Km through clear waters and is home to a wide diversity of species. Miguel Jorge of WWF's Marine Programme has worked on the reef. Justin Woolford asked him about the first time he saw it. Download now MP3. WWF Partner Ogilvy and Mather and Spotlight On Species WWF's Conservation Partners are multinational companies that significantly contribute in many different ways towards WWF's global conservation work. Wild Talk spoke to Clare Bowen of media group Ogilvy and Mather and asked her how important corporate responsibility and sustainability is to the company. Download now MP3. Asia's only ape, the orang-utan, is in deep trouble. Its last remaining strongholds in the rainforests of Sumatra and the island of Borneo are being destroyed. In this month's Spotlight on Species we spoke to Shan Khee from WWF-Malaysia. Download now MP3. [...]



Wild Talk September 2007

2007-08-31Fri, 31 Aug 2007 00:00:00 +0000

Bye Bye Bycatch and World Water Week Many of the world's fishermen are catching unwanted species of fish. These non-target species are known as bycatch. Robin Davies from WWF's Global Marine Programme talks about the problem. World Water Week is the world's biggest water event. Held every year in Stockholm it brings together the great and the good from the world of water. Among them was Anna Forslund from WWF-Sweden.Download now MP3 14.8MB Getting On Your Bike and English With A Conservation Twist One man who loves to ride his bicycle is Nick Cox. When he's not on his bike he's out there working with WWF's Greater Mekong Programme in the beautiful forests of eastern Camboadia. In fact he's been cycling through the plains of Cambodia. Moira O'Brien Malone asked him why he decided to pedal in those plains. Teaching English with a conservation twist. That's the name of the game at WWF-Malaysia. Yoke Lee teaches English in Borneo's Bunghee Island, working with around 30 students aged from 7 to 49. Most are looking to improve their English to work with tourists. Download now MP3 10.8MB Remembering Those Lost In Nepal and Sustainable Housing It's been a year since the tragic helicopter crash in Ghunsa in Nepal. Seven WWF staff from its offices in Nepal, the UK and the US, died in the accident, as well as high-ranking government officials, representatives of other agencies, journalists and Russian crew members. The helicopter was on its way back from a trip to a conservation site in the Himalayas in eastern Nepal. The group was returning from an inauguration ceremony which saw the Nepalese government handing over the conservation area around Mount Kanchenjunga to a coalition of local communities. WWF's office in Nepal is putting together a major event to honour and celebrate the lives of those who were lost on September 23rd 2006. Anil Mahandar from WWF-Nepal told me more. Imagine a housing development constructed from sustainable materials that uses no fossil fuels. Also it produces no net CO2 and recycles household waste. Then it provides a crèche, sports club, and solar-powered electric car. On top of all that it's located in a desirable area and it's affordable. You might say it sounds too good to be true? But the truth is that this futuristic place already exists, in southwest London. It's all at the Beddington Zero-Energy Development, or as its affectionately known BedZED. Jenny Organ works with the project and she joined Wild Talk to explain more. Download now MP3 12.7MB Greening Your Office and Spotlight On Species WWF-Finland is leading the way as it's developed an environmental management system specifically designed for the modern office. The Green Office system is already quite popular in Finland, and the first ever Green Office outside Finland, the regional head office of Conforama in Vietnam, has already opened for business. Helka Julkunen, the Green Office manager at WWF Finland tells all. Sea turtles have been around for a long time, in fact they've been part of this planet for the past 100 million years - a lot longer than us humans. However, six of the seven species of marine turtles are now listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered, and the outlook is increasingly grim. In the Pacific, leatherbacks are heading for extinction, fast, and in the Mediterranean, green turtle numbers have plummeted. Sue Lieberman, Director of WWF's Species Programme, told Wild Talk why she's so fascinated with turtles. Download now MP3 14.95MB [...]



Wild Talk August 2007

2007-08-01Wed, 01 Aug 2007 00:00:00 +0000

Hot Autumn and Pipedreams It has been a busy year so far in the world of global warming. And it looks like things are hotting up even more this autumn. So far this year the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clearly showed that human activity is the major cause of the increase in heat-trapping gas emissions. It also laid out the costs to the world if we fail to curb CO2 emissions. It certainly seems that some governments are finally getting the climate message. Also more people than ever support the measures conservation groups are recommending to save the planet from overheating. Martin Hiller is with WWF's Global Climate Change Programme. He told Wild Talk what more could be achieved. One river's flood is another's drought, that's according to a recent report from WWF. The report Pipedreams? Inter-basin transfers and water shortages (pdf) shows that transferring water from one river to another river basin are costly schemes that can damage the natural environment. Jamie Pittock, Director of WWF's Global Freshwater Programme, explains what's so wrong about moving water from one river to another. Download now MP3 Greener Sports and Getting the Right Sort of Palm Oil It's less than 400 days to go until the 2008 Beijing Olympics gets under way. Some 10,000 athletes are expected to compete in the Games, and together with the thousands of spectators coming from around the world, the event will inject literally hundreds of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In Beijing Dermott O'Gorman told Claudia Delpero what WWF-China wants to happen. Find out more about offsetting travel. WWF's Susan Brown has also been working on the Olympics and across a whole range of sporting activities. She tells us just how WWF is working across a whole range of sporting events. Demand for palm oil is rising steadily. Obtained from the fruits or kernels of oil palms, this valuable raw material is used to make countless foods such as margarine, confectionery and ready-to-eat meals. It's also used in the production of non-food products including detergents and cosmetics. But there's a negative side to the boom. Large areas of tropical forest are being cleared to make way for new plantations, destroying the habitats of endangered animal species such as elephants, tigers and orang-utans. Rod Taylor works with WWF in Indonesia - he talks about a new plan to help investors work out if the palm oil they buy is produced in an environmentally friendly way or not. Download now MP3 Paper Dreams and Give WWF a Hand in the Field Around the world we use around one million tonnes of paper every day. But the manufacture and use of paper may also have negative impacts on the environment, and it's important to understand how we can minimize them. WWF's Paper Scorecard is the first of several tools produced to create globally-relevant guidance on responsible sourcing of paper products. Maggie Renstrom, WWF-Sweden, tells Wild Talk what the scorecards achieve. WWF's Youth Volunteer Programme gives young people, aged between 20 and 27, the chance to work for 2–3 months with field projects in Madagascar, India, Bhutan or Fiji. The goal of the programme is to provide a powerful, direct experience of the unique challenges developing nations face in protecting their environment. Corinne Eisenring is 21 and living in Switzerland. She's recently returned from a project in Madagascar. She explains why she joined up in the first place. Download now MP3 Going Under Downunder and Brmmmm Brmmmm it's a Jaguar Have you ever wondered what you'd find [...]



Wild Talk July 2007

2007-07-01Sun, 01 Jul 2007 00:00:00 +0000

Endangered Species and Hitting the Biofuelled Road For the past three decades, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, known as CITES, has been the largest and by some accounts, the most effective conservation agreement in the world. Every 3 years, countries that signed up to CITES meet to discuss a variety of issues. The 14th such conference was held over two weeks in June in The Hague. Sue Lieberman, Director of WWF's Global Species Programme, explains what came out of the meeting. For more information on CITES. In the world of energy the most fashionable buzz world has to be biofuels. These are being put forward by some as one option to limit climate change. But their production and use can have consequences on the environment. Jean Philipe Denruyter, WWF's Global Bioenergy Expert, has just been on a journey through North America with a bunch of biofuel enthusiasts. Driving in two Mercedes from the 70s, a VW and a Ford van the vehicles used a variety of fuels. Some used waste cooking oil and others only biodiesel, which can be produced from animal, fish or vegetable fat. Visiting a number of biofuel projects on route Jean Philipe talks about his journey to Wild Talk. You can also see pictures from the road and read Jean Philipe's Blog. Download now MP3 16.4MB We're Hotter Than We Should Be - Live Earth Raises Climate Change Awareness Large enough to rival Live Eight, Live Earth is one of the biggest musical events to take place on this planet. It'll take place over 24 hours, in seven continents and nine different concert venues. The date is the seventh of the seventh and will bring together more than 100 performers and a staggering global audience of 2 billion people. All this is being done as part of an international push to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. WWF is working with Live Earth - Joanna Wiseman explains why this event is going to be as big as it is. It's all very well attending a rock concert, taking a day out of ones life, but what kind of impact can Live Earth have on the bigger picture. WWF's Global Climate Change Programme Director, Hans Verolme, talks about how people can turn all those good intentions into an emissions reducing reality. With hundreds of big names ready to take to the Live Earth stage, there's a team of celebrity briefers, ready to tell the artists just what the issues are all about. Among this select bunch is I-Count's Sarah Coombes. She's working with celebrities in the UK, making sure they understand just why we want to Stop Climate Chaos. For more on WWF's work with Live Earth. Download now MP3 14.6MB Salt to Fresh Not the Solution for Water Crisis and Buying the Right Type of Fish Making drinking water from sea water is a growing trend but also a potential threat to the environment that could exacerbate climate change. In the first global review of desalination plants a WWF report shows that some of the driest and thirstiest places are turning to desalination. Jamie Pittock, Director of WWF's Global Freshwater Programme explains why increasing use of desalination isn't a good idea. Shoppers should get to know their fish. WWF wants people out in the supermarket ready and able to identify and select sustainably caught seafood products. A major focus of this work involves supporting the activities of the Marine Stewardship Council. WWF's Katherine Short tells us more. Download now MP3 11.6MB Coca-Cola Deal and Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf At WWF's Annual Meeting in Beijing the big news was a multi-mi[...]



Energy Efficiency

2007-06-13Wed, 13 Jun 2007 00:00:00 +0000