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About WWF
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WWF World Wide Fund for Nature is one of the world’s most influential and largest independent nature-oriented organizations, with more than 5 million supporters and offices in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to halt the degradation of the planet’s natural systems and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. This can be achieved by preserving the planet’s biodiversity; rational use of natural resources; reducing pollution and wasteful consumption.

The main areas in which WWF works are the protection of forests, freshwater bodies, seas and oceans, the conservation of flora and fauna species, the minimization of the use of toxic substances, and climate change.


  • We are independent, global and apolitical.

  • We use the most up-to-date scientific information to solve problems and critically evaluate all the actions of the organization.

  • Dialogue as a way to avoid unwanted confrontation.

  • We are looking for specific solutions to environmental problems through a combination of field projects, strategic initiatives, advanced training and educational work.

  • We involve local people in the development and implementation of field programmes respecting their cultural and economic needs.

  • We build partnerships with other organizations, governments, local communities, and businesses to improve the performance of WWF.

  • We conduct our activities in the most efficient way and use the funds provided by donors with the highest responsibility.

April 29, 1961
The WWF World Wide Fund for Nature was founded when the declaration, later known as the Morges Manifesto, was signed. This document laid the groundwork for a movement that later developed into the world’s largest independent environmental organization.
1998 — the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme (WWF-DCP) was founded
Its purpose is to coordinate the activities of WWF in the countries of the Danube basin and the Carpathian Mountains region, namely — Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Since 1998, WWF has been implementing projects in Ukraine dedicated to the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of resources in two ecoregions — the Danube and Carpathian regions, which WWF lists as the most valuable natural regions of the world (WWF Global 200).

Over the past 20 years, the programme has become an important driver for improving the state of the environment in the region and actively cooperated with international partners, local governments and stakeholders.
2019 — founding of the WWF-Ukraine national office
With the emergence of the national office (Public Union World Wide Fund for Nature Ukraine), the work of WWF in Ukraine takes various and larger forms — conducting research, education, advising state bodies and lobbying for changes in legislation, mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of programmes for the study and conservation of nature. The main areas of work of WWF-Ukraine: forests, water and rare species.

WWF-Ukraine is a participant of the Ukrainian Climate Network and working groups at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources:

  • ​Working Group on the Development of the State Strategy for Forest Management until 2035 

  • Working Group  on the Development of a Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in Ukraine for the period until 2030

  • Working Group on the Development of a Draft Strategy for the Protection of Biodiversity until 2030

  • Working Group on the Development of a Draft Law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Red Book of Ukraine”


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