How we work
WWF Global Network
How we work with WWF InternationalWithin its global programme framework, the WWF network aspires to collectively tackle environmental issues. The Director General of WWF International, James Leape, has appealed to WWF offices worldwide to act as one WWF – with the best scientists, astute negotiators and offices from the Philippines to Mexico sharing resources and working together as one global network, we can catalyze change on a global scale.
This vision has been encapsulated into various network initiatives. These aim to accelerate and magnify large conservation wins across our priority species, places and footprint areas – and so achieve the necessary "transformational change" to achieve our twin goals of conserving biodiversity and reducing humanity's impact on nature.
WWF South Africa participates in a number of these initiatives, most significantly the Global Deal Network Initiative through which WWF offices are lobbying world leaders to agree on a fair and effective global climate deal in Copenhagen this year.
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WWF South Africa
WWF South Africa operates within two discrete, but overlapping, operational units – Biodiversity and Living Planet.
WWF South Africa’s integrated strategy is underpinned by 8 primary goals to ensure that South Africa’s biodiversity is conserved and that our footprint remains within the earth’s capacity to sustain life.
With this in mind, WWF South Africa aims to…
- Conserve the biodiversity assets (endangered wildlife, species, habitats and ecosystems) of South Africa
- Ensure natural ecosystems and their services are appropriately valued and integrated into sustainable development
- Play a leading role among developing countries in addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change
- Improve the livelihoods of communities who are most directly dependent on natural resources through better environmental practices
- Inform South African consumers to influence appropriate environmental practice from the private and public sectors
- Instil a culture of environmental responsibility in Business and Industry (including agriculture, fishing and mining)
- Advocate for government policies incorporating sound environmental principles that promote, maintain and enhance biodiversity and ecological services
- Increase environmental skills and capacity among current and future leaders