Mission: "Stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature." It plans to do this by:
- conserving the world's biological diversity
- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
Major WWF Achievements
Jardines de la Reina
In 1999, WWF was instrumental in getting Fidel Castro to sign the Ramsas global wetlands treaty. This identified Jardines de la Reina as a national park. This resulted in preserving this beautiful region of Cuba, rich in biodiversity and natural beauty. Furthermore, it identified the marine turtle as an endangered species hence banning its harvesting.
Niginganiq is a large area in Nunavut that WWF has identified as a National Wildlife Area. In doing so, endangered species such as the bowhead whale and the polar bear are protected.
Largest Land Withdrawal for Protection Ever in Canada
WWF helped the local First Nations people to pressure the government of Canada to identify the Mackenzie River Basin in the North West Territories as a protected area. This prevents industrialization and deforestation of the area.
Protection for Seabirds
WWF efforts and lobbying led to the government's passing Bill C-15. This prevents ship owners from dumping oil and other toxic chemicals in our lakes. This results in saving thousands of seabirds yearly.
Banning the Hunting of Wolves
WWF was able to persuade the Ontario government to pass a bill permanently banning the hunting of wolves Algonquin Park.
- "Conservation Successes." WWF.ca. World Wide Fund for Nature. Web. 28 Sept. 2010.
- cbc.ca/news. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Web. 28 Sept. 2010.
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