World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Fonds mondial pour la nature
Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza
Welt Natur Fonds
Fondo Mondiale per la Natura
Fundo Mundial para a Natureza

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11 Sep 1961, Morges (Switzerland). Originally referred to as World Wildlife Fund and still referred to by that name in Canada and the USA. Also referred to as WWF - The global conservation organization. Current statutes ratified 29 Oct 1993. A foundation established in accordance with Swiss Civil Code, with registered office in Gland (Switzerland).


Stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biodiversity; ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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Operates in over 100 countries; currently funds over 1,000 conservation projects; maintains local to global presence, ranging from talks with tribes of Baka pygmies in the Central African rainforests, through to face-to-face discussions with world leaders and institutions such as the World Bank and the European Commission; works on flagship issues, such as the Congo, the Amazon and bycatch, the accidental catching of non-target fish and marine life which is then discarded; engages with business and industry to help improve environmental practices in corporations. Global areas of work include: forest; marine; species; freshwater; climate change; sustainable development. Recent successes include: Bolivian Forest Chamber committing to sustainable management of 3 million hectares of tropical forest; an agreement between the governments of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia to collaboratively manage 3 million hectares of high priority wetlands; 11 South Pacific nations agreeing to establish whale sanctuaries in their waters, protecting 12 whale species in more than 28,500 square kilometres of ocean; protection of 11 million hectares of Australia's Great Barrier Reef; linking up more than 20 scattered panda populations in China into two huge areas, helping ensure survival of more than two-thirds of the world's 1,600 pandas. Instrumental in setting up Large Herbivore Network (LHNet).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); International Maritime Organization (IMO); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 26 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 19 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 71 countries
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Subjects *

  • Geography
    • Nature
  • Commerce
    • Funds
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Harmony
    • Diversity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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