World Wide Fund for Nature

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The metal structure of the greenhouses of the Curitiban Botanic Garden (Curitiba, Paraná, Southern Brazil), with its lights off at the Earth Hour (event organized by WWF).

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international environmental organization. Most of its offices are in Switzerland. Their mascot, or logo, is the Giant Panda. It is the world's largest independent wildlife management organization. It has over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 90 countries. WWF supports 15,000 conservation and environmental projects around the world. It is a charity. About 90% of its fundraising money is from donations by private individuals and businesses.

The group says its mission is "to halt and reverse the destruction of our natural environment". Much of its work focuses on the conservation of three biomes that contain most of the world's biodiversity: forests, freshwater ecosystems, and oceans and coasts. Among other issues, it is also concerned with endangered species, pollution and climate change. The organization runs more than 1,200 field projects worldwide yearly.