The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment, formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. It is the world's largest independent conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects. WWF is a foundation, in 2010 deriving 57% of funding from individuals and bequests, 17% from government sources (such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID) and 11% from corporations.
Agricultural standards can do more to mitigate risk in commodity production
Standards designed to improve sustainability of production of agricultural commodities could do more to help address root causes of water-related risk, according to a new WWF report.
Cambodia border crossing and road threaten one of Asia's last great wilderness areas
Some of the world's most endangered species will be driven closer to extinction if a new road and border crossing with Vietnam are built within Cambodia's pristine Mondulkiri Protected Forest – one of the ...
Shell Arctic exploration conditional approval "a backward move": WWF
In what WWF-US has termed "a backward move" the US government has given conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell to conduct exploratory drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea in America's Arctic ocean.
Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places
Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released today by WWF.
Intact for nine decades, Virunga National Park more threatened than ever
Africa's first national park, Virunga, is 90 year old today. While we celebrate this milestone with great joy, we are deeply concerned about its future. For while Virunga – including the people and species ...
Mekong River dolphin death reduces Lao population to five
The discovery of a deceased female Irrawaddy river dolphin on Cheutal Touch Island, Cambodia – close to the border with Laos – is yet another reminder of the plight of this critically endangered cetacean ...
Lifeline extended for critically endangered porpoise
Mexico's recent decision to buy-out gillnet fisheries in the upper Gulf of California may give one of the world's rarest species the breathing space it needs to survive. Time is still ticking, but the move ...
Modern methods lead the way toward a rhino rebound
Cutting-edge technology and techniques have become essential tools in the effort to save rhinos. Micro chips, translocation and consumer campaigns are helping shift the balance against record-setting poaching ...
World's rarest wild cat doubles in number
At least 57 Amur leopards now exist in Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park, up from just 30 cats counted in 2007, according to new census data announced last week. An additional 8-12 leopards were ...
New report brings pre-2020 actions into sharp focus
As UN climate negotiators in Geneva today focus on emissions reductions in the pre-2020 period, a new WWF report outlines the immediate mitigation measures that can be taken in 10 countries.
Rainforest Alliance audit confirms Jakarta deforestation unchecked
Two years after Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced a new "forest conservation" policy, APP's pledge to halt forest clearing has held, but its forests are still disappearing.
EU warns four more states in fight to end illegal fishing
Illegally caught fish comprise a significant portion of both the global catch and of seafood imports, including to the world's leading fish-consuming markets. To counter this, the EU enacted strong fisheries ...
India shines with renewable energy announcement
As world leaders gather in Lima, Peru for the next round of the UN climate negotiations, India announced that it intends to more than double its use of renewable energy as a share of its electricity mix by ...
Palm oil sustainability body to expel non-compliant companies
WWF has welcomed a move by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to expel member companies that have failed to keep even their most basic promises to the sustainability body.
Historic advances in international shark and ray conservation
Twenty-one species of shark and ray have received increased international protection, adding to recent victories for marine conservation.