WWF is a conservation organisation working in 100 countries and supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
WWF-US manages a number of programmes that address links between conservation and community well-being, rights, cultures and livelihoods. In addition to cross-cutting work, programmes support a range of field-based projects. The programmes include:
1. Rights and Livelihoods Program: This programme promotes and supports partnerships with indigenous peoples and local communities to conserve and sustainably use their natural resources and to advocate on issues of shared concern. Activities include dialogue and engagement with indigenous and community organisations on international policy issues and programmes, knowledge-building and learning on issues such as land tenure and resource rights, and support to field initiatives on community-based conservation and natural resource management.
2. Population, Health and Environment Program: This programme supports the integration of health in community conservation projects, for example in Nepal, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. It works with health partners to bring health and voluntary family planning services to local communities, reduce malaria and infectious diseases, and improve water supplies, sanitation and hygiene.
3. Conservation Initiative on Human Rights: WWF-US participates actively in the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights, a consortium of eight international conservation organisations that seek to improve the practice of conservation by promoting integration of human rights in conservation policy and practice. Activities include development of common human rights principles, identification of measures for their implementation and shared learning on conservation and human rights issues.
4. WWF's Girls? Education Program assists in the education of girls through the completion of both primary and secondary school. Connecting to WWF's core mission of saving life on earth, the fund also initiates environmental education in each region, a crucial element for youths growing up in high-biodiversity regions of the world