WWF Annual Review 2017 - 21
OUR GLOBAL GOALS
Below: 2017 saw the
birth of at least nine
calves in the Mekong.
A TRANSFORMATION IN THE WAY WE MANAGE
WATER IS GATHERING MOMENTUM...
Life on Earth depends on water - but for too long
we've used it carelessly, and taken for granted the
rivers and wetlands that sustain us all. In the 21st
century, that simply can't continue.
Encouragingly, a transformation in the way we
manage water is gathering momentum - and WWF
has played a major role. Nearly 150 of the world's
largest companies are now using our Water Risk
Filter to assess their water risks and, crucially, take
action in response. We're seeing a change in thinking
from leading companies and financial institutions,
which understand that investing in water stewardship
pays long-term dividends.
Governments, too, are recognizing that water
resources are fundamental to sustainable
development - and it's encouraging to see more
countries in the global south taking steps to protect
crucial wetlands. This year, we supported the creation
of a new Ramsar wetland of international importance
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with an
area larger than Switzerland, Ecuador's largest
ever Ramsar site, 10 more sites in Madagascar, and
Algeria's first wetlands conservation strategy.
Against this backdrop, our work to conserve
freshwater species remains crucial. For example, we
launched a last-ditch strategy to save sturgeon - these
giants were swimming with dinosaurs 200 million
years ago, but could disappear if we don't act now.
WWF-INT Annual Review 2017 page 21