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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
Decades of illegal logging and wildlife trade, poaching, and agricultural conversion in Viet Nam threaten vital ecosystems and exacerbate poverty in vulnerable communities. WWF is working with USAID, in coordination with the Government of Viet Nam, local communities, and other conservation partners, on the Biodiversity Conservation and Saving Threatened Wildlife projects to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and deforestation to conserve Viet Nam’s rich biodiversity while helping local communities develop sustainable sources of income.
Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan in 2022 demonstrated the urgency of the climate crisis. The Recharge Pakistan project – a collaboration between Pakistan's Ministry of Climate Change and the Federal Flood Commission, local communities, the Green Climate Fund, USAID, WWF and the Coca-Cola Foundation – works to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change through enhanced flood risk management. The $77.8 million partnership is the largest investment at the national level to date in an ecosystem-based approach to flood and water resources management.
Indigenous people's active participation in the sustainable economic, cultural and environmental development of the Amazon is essential for the long-term conservation of the world's largest tropical rainforest. The USAID-funded Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources project, managed by WWF in coordination with indigenous organizations and nonprofit partners, supports educational resources to expand indigenous leaders’ capacities in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, and helps indigenous enterprises with business development.
Illegal poaching poses a dire threat to numerous species in southern Africa, including elephants and rhinos. USAID and WWF launched the six-year Combating Wildlife Crime Project in 2017 to stabilize the populations of black rhinos in Namibia and elephants in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), including by working closely with local authorities to enhance their wildlife crime surveillance capacity using new technology and modernized field procedures. By the project’s conclusion in June 2023, there had been no reports of illegal killings of black rhinos in northwest Namibia in three years. And a multi-country survey of elephants in the KAZA area – which is home to half of Africa’s remaining elephants – found that the total population is stable.
Countries across the Greater Mekong – including Burma, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam – face environmental challenges such as deforestation and water quality degradation that are often driven by poorly planned development, natural resource crime and corruption. The USAID-funded Mekong for the Future project implemented by WWF works increase the capacity of civil society organizations and citizens to engage in natural resource management policy development.
Corruption undermines efforts to promote sustainable natural resource management and facilitates conservation crimes, including illegal trafficking in wildlife, timber and fish. The USAID-funded Targeting Natural Resource Corruption Project and associated activities help expand judicial and law enforcement capacities, strengthen civil society and promote transparent natural resource governance to address corruption that poses a serious threaten to wildlife and biodiversity in places such as the Greater Mekong and Madagascar. The leader award of the project is implemented by WWF, in partnership with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, TRAFFIC, and the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University.